Huron Hutterite Colony (Benard, Manitoba, Canada)

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Huron Hutterite Bruderhof, four miles (6.4 kilometers) north of Benard, Manitoba, was founded in 1918 by 19 families with their preachers Joseph and Michael Waldner, who were brothers. The colony sold its Huron Hutterite Colony holdings in South Dakota, 12 miles (19.3 kilometers) northeast of Huron and gave the new Bruderhof the same name. The reason for the migration was the more liberal provisions made for conscientious objectors to military service. On 14 February 1926, Joseph Glanzer was chosen preacher and confirmed in office on 9 December 1934. Preacher Michael Waldner was chosen on 3 March 1940. In 1947 the Bruderhof numbered 163, of whom 64 were baptized members.

Daughter colonies of Huron Hutterite Colony include: Aspenheim; Parkview; Pearl Creek; Thorndale; Roseisle; and Poplar Point.

In 2017 the Huron Hutterite Colony was a Schmiedeleut Group 2 colony.

Additional Information


Elie, Manitoba (coordinates: 49.952778 -97.855833 W [49˚57′ 10″ N, 97˚51′ 21″ W])


Box 329, Elie, Manitoba, R0H 0H0

Switchboard Phone


Managers and Ministers

Manager Minister Years
Willie Kleinsasser Dave Waldner 1999
Willie Kleinsasser Dave Waldner 2010
James Waldner Joseph Waldner 2015
James Waldner Joseph Waldner 2018

Author(s) David Decker
Bert Friesen
Date Published May 2018

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Decker, David and Bert Friesen. "Huron Hutterite Colony (Benard, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2018. Web. 20 Mar 2019.,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=160757.

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Decker, David and Bert Friesen. (May 2018). Huron Hutterite Colony (Benard, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 March 2019, from,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=160757.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 846. All rights reserved.

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