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Gretna is a village in the Red River Valley of southern Manitoba, two miles (three km) from the United States (North Dakota) border, with a 1950 population of 608, about one third of which were Mennonites belonging chiefly to two congregations of the General Conference Mennonites, either the Blumenort congregation (largely 1922-1925 Russian immigrants) or the local unit of the Bergthal congregation (largely 1874-1875 Russian immigrants). The entire surrounding area was peopled largely by Mennonites of the 1922-1925 immigration who replaced the older Sommerfeld Mennonites who had emigrated to Mexico and Paraguay. Gretna is the seat of the oldest Mennonite school in North America, the Mennonite Collegiate Institute, founded by H. H. Ewert in 1891. The Altenheim Home for Aged of the Bergthal Church, which was operated here 1918-1938, became a girls' dormitory of the school.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 172.


Map:Gretna (Manitoba, Canada)

Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1956

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Bender, Harold S. "Gretna (Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 26 Apr 2017.,_Canada)&oldid=94942.

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Bender, Harold S. (1956). Gretna (Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 April 2017, from,_Canada)&oldid=94942.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 578. All rights reserved.

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