History Channel to feature Warkentin in documentary
An upcoming History Channel documentary is expected to feature a segment about Bernhard Warkentin, Turkey Red Wheat and the 1870s Mennonite immigration to Kansas.
“America: The Promised Land,” is a two-part series about immigration in America and is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. nightly May 29 and 30. The segment featuring the Mennonite history is scheduled for May 30.
According to the History Channel, the documentary chronicles the immigration patterns of ethnic groups to the United States through the telling of historical events as well as sharing the struggles and hardships that some populations faced in coming to America.
A London-based film crew spent a day in the area in December filming sites significant to Warkentin, including the family’s early home in Halstead and the Warkentin House in Newton.
In conjunction with the documentary's release, the Kauffman Museum and Warkentin House Museum will host a lecture by Dr. David Moon, professor of history at the University of York in England. Moon will discuss the influences of Russian and Ukrainian steppes on the transformation of the American Plains from grasslands to an agricultural region. The lecture will begin at 3 p.m. May 28 at the Kauffman Museum in North Newton. Admission is free.
For more information or to watch a preview of the documentary, go to www.history.com/shows/america-promised-land.