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This black and white photograph shows an unidentified Mennonite couple dressed in traditional Mennonite clothing. Like many Mennonites in the 1870's, they were lured to Kansas by railroad advertising campaigns that promoted the sell of productive farmland and exemption from military service on religious grounds. With these incentives for settlement and religious freedom, Mennonites immigrated toward Marion, Harvey, and McPherson counties to buy lands owned by railroad companies. In these close knit and sometimes isolated communities, German Russian customs and strong religious beliefs were maintained for several decades.

Date: 1870s or 1880s

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Item Number: 212178
Call Number: CD Men.1870c *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 212178

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