Ribbon Cutting Opens Welcome Center for Brethren and Mennonite Heritage

On the warm afternoon of June 18, Becky Hunter and assistants cut the ribbon to officially open the CrossRoads Welcome Center in Harrisonburg, Va., to the public. The center is dedicated to Brethren and Mennonite history and heritage.

James Miller represented Shenandoah District of the Church of the Brethren, and Steve Carpenter represented the Virginia Conference of Mennonite Church USA, at the ceremony.

Following a welcome by board president Robert Alley, Program Committee chair Norwood Shank gave thanks to the Myers family–and to God–for bringing the organization to this point in the journey of creating a heritage center. The Daniel Myers family donated the Burkholder-Myers House and paid to have it moved to its new location.

“Time would fail me to mention all who helped to make the center a reality,” said Shank. He expressed a “heartfelt thank you” to all who contributed to the effort.

Some 150 guests browsed the new displays in the center, viewed a video on Brethren-Mennonite history in the Shenandoah Valley, visited other buildings on the site, reminisced over historic artifacts, and enjoyed refreshments.

CrossRoads Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center is located at 711 Garbers Church Road in Harrisonburg, and is regularly open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(This report is taken from a press release from CrossRoads.)


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