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Steinbach is a Mennonite town located in the southeastern section of Manitoba (coordinates: 49° 31′ 0″ N, 96° 41′ 0″ W). It almost totally occupies section 36 of township 6 and range 6E., with a part of the town outside of the section immediately to the west, and lies in the municipality of Hanover, near its eastern boundary. According to the 1955 census, Steinbach had a population of 2,350, of which 1,837 or some 82.7 per cent were Mennonites. The greater Steinbach area augmented this figure to about 3,000. In 2006 Steinbach had a population of 11,066. Steinbach was founded in 1874 by Kleine Gemeinde settlers who had just arrived from Russia. Today it has eight Mennonite churches all of Russian Mennonite origin, each with its own house of worship: the Evangelical Mennonite Church (Kleine Gemeinde), the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren, the Mennonite Brethren, the General Conference, Bergthaler, Chortitzer (Steinbach branch), Immanuel Mission Church, and the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (Holdeman). Three non-Mennonite churches have located in Steinbach in the last few years.

The town was incorporated in 1946. It is now the shopping center of a large community of Mennonites, serving some 10,000 Mennonites of the East Reserve. The town also has a Mennonite hospital (leased to a public hospital administration in 1957), Bible college (Steinbach Bible College), invalid home, MCC clothing depot, a Bible camp association, and a child welfare home.

Bibliography

Das 75-jährige Gedenkfeier der Mennonitischen Einwanderung in Manitoba, Canada. 1949.

Das 60-jährige Jubiläum der Mennonitischen Ost-Reserve. Steinbach, 1935.

Facts About Steinbach, An Industrial Survey of the Town of Steinbach, Given out by the Bureau of Industrial Development, Department of Industry and Commerce, Province of Manitoba (no date indicated, 1954).

Reimer, P. J. B. "Historical Sketches of Steinbach and District. Carillon News VII, Nos. 1-18 and 20. Steinbach, 1952.

"Steinbach. The First Mennonite Settlement in Western Canada." (unpublished manuscript).


Author(s) Archie Penner
Date Published 1959


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Penner, Archie. "Steinbach (Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 20 Apr 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Steinbach_(Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=96568.

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Penner, Archie. (1959). Steinbach (Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 April 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Steinbach_(Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=96568.




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