MoM 100: A final post

July 28, 2023
John Longhurst | Special to Canadian Mennonite

Sunset from the train west of Kamloops. (Photo by John Longhurst)

Sunset from the train west of Kamloops. (Photo by John Longhurst)

I like telling stories. And I like trains. So when organizers of the “Memories of Migration: Russlaender 100 Tour” asked if I would join the cross-country train tour as a reporter, it wasn’t a hard decision to make. Yes!

Through the tour, which ran from July 6-24—I was on the first and third legs—I was able to meet people from across Canada, the U.S., Ukraine and Japan on the trip and learn about their connection to the 21,000 Mennonites who left the Soviet Union for Canada between 1923 and 1930.

It was a privilege to hear and write about their stories...

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John Longhurst is a freelance writer from Winnipeg who blogged about the first and third legs of the tour.


Sunset from the train west of Kamloops. (Photo by John Longhurst)

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Thank you, John, for your blog about this trip. We were on the third leg of this journey, from Saskatchewan to B.C., and it has been interesting to read your reports.

We were glad that we met you at the picnic lunch and had the opportunity to speak to you briefly. This tour was a great way to remember our family who came from Russia to Canada 100 years ago.

—Elaine (Funk) & Malcolm MacKinnon (St. Catharines, Ontario)

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