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27th Annual Zwanzigstein Fest - Saturday, July 1, 2017

"Strangers and Pilgrims - Past, Present, and Future"
I Chronicles 29:15: "For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding."

Zwanzigstein means "Twenty Stones." This name comes from when God led Joshua and the Israelites over the Jordan River. When they were safely across, the Lord said to Joshua that the twelve chosen men, one from each tribe, were to take a stone from the middle of the Jordan, carry it out, and pile them up as a monument at the place where they camped that night. In the future, when their children asked, "What is this monument for," they could tell them it is to remind them of God's amazing miracle. All nations of the earth will realize Jehovah is the mighty God and all will worship him forever.
As our forefathers (twenty families) traveled from Europe to settle here, they, too, must have realized the mighty hand of God and truly worshiped him. When our children ask, we can tell them of this mighty God.

And so Zwanzigstein.

The purpose of the Zwanzigstein Fest is to preserve, celebrate, and accurately portray our religious and cultural heritage in Lewis County. Since 1991 the Heritage Farm has provided the site for visitors to learn about our Anabaptist faith legacy and rural life of years past through stories, exhibits, tours, demonstrations, and fund-raising venues such as foods and crafts.

27th Annual Zwanzigstein Fest on Saturday, July 1, 2017

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Adults: $5
Children 18 and under: Free

Free parking available.

Activities and Demonstrations

Baking (bread and cookies)

Basket weaving


Butter churning

Carding/wool spinning

Chair caning

Comforter tying

Corn shelling

Fiber arts (knitting, crocheting, embroidery, qulting, and tatting)


Horse shoeing

Horse/wagon rides

Hymn singing and musical groups

Petting zoo

Old-fashioned children’s games 


Popcorn making

Rope splicing

Rug braiding


Sheep shearing

Stocking machine

Taffy pull



Willow Whistles

Woodworking; window repair


House, granary, and barn

Clock works


Mennonite Disaster Service 

Mennonite Central Committee

Vendors and Other

Agape Shoppe 

Martin’s Pretzels

Moser’s Maples LLC

The Market Place

Silent Auction


Elmer and Eileen Zehr Lehman -- missionary pilgrimage in Costa Rica for 22 years. New book written by the couple entitled  "One Step at a Time -- Our Missionary Pilgrimage" available at a special booth with book signing throughout the day.

Home-cooked meals, grilled foods, baked goods, apple fritters, Croghan bologna, homemade ice cream, and much more.

We are always looking for volunteers to help throughout the day. If you would like to help for an hour or two at one of our booths, please call 376-2792 or e-mail

Steiner Reunion - Descendants of Philip (Philipp) and Marie Zehr Steiner ...Sunday, July 2, 2017

Descendants of Philip (Philipp) and Marie Zehr Steiner (arrived September 1848 from France) Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 1 p.m. at the Mennonite Heritage Farm

Daniel and Martine Steiner of Strasbourg, France, plan to be guests at the reunion and will do some sharing with the family. Bring covered dish, dessert, table service, beverage, and lawn chairs.

Descendants in this area are as follows:

John and Catherine (Katharina) Steiner Moser (John Moser, pioneer immigrant in 1834, who settled on the Erie Canal Road and presently the Mennonite Heritage Farm)

Children: Magadalena Moser and Jacob Zehr, rm. Michael Farney; Christian and Mary Roggie Moser; Andrew and Anna Roggie Moser, rm. Nancy Beller; Joseph P. and Katie Widrick Moser (Moshier), Katie Moser and Christian Ernst; Philip and Katie Roggie Moser, and John Jr. (died at 16 years).

Marie Magdalena Steiner and Christian Keiffer

Children: Joseph and Louisa Ortlieb Keiffer, Matilda Keiffer and Joseph A. Farney, Albert and Josephine Martin Keiffer, Agnes Keiffer and John R. Farney, and Samuel F. and Mary Schantz Keiffer.

Andrew and Barbara Lyndaker Steiner; rm Anna Yoder and Susan Noftsier

Children:  Barbara Steiner and Jacob Farney; Andrew and Elaine Martin Steiner, Jr.; Joseph and Helen Farney Steiner, rm. Catherine Zehr; Sophia Steiner and Rev. Solomon Virkler, rm. John Ebersol.

Philip and Marie Zehr Steiner settled near Croghan on a shady, gravel road, which is known as the Steiner Road today. The Steiner descendants later owned and operated an established sawmill. The business also dealt with lumber, shingles, cheese boxes, and wool processing.

Hymn Sing - July 2 - 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 2, at 7 p.m. at the Mennonite Heritage Farm
Please bring "Life Songs" and "Church Hymnal" books and lawn chairs.

TAUNY Quilting Bee

Quilt Exhibition at TAUNY Tells Story of Region's Quilting Traditions, Past and Present -- April to October 2016

"Warmth, Remembrance, and Art:  200 Years of Quilts and Comforters in Northern New York" opens at The TAUNY Center on Saturday, April 2, with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Curators Jill Breit and Hallie Bond will make opening remarks and be available for discussion.
 "Quilts are powerful symbols of rural living. They embody American ideals of endurance, resourcefulness, and commitment to home and family," says TAUNY executive director Jill Breit.

In late 2014, Breit, a folklorist, and Bond, a historian, began a 14-month journey to study quilts and comforters old and new made in the North Country to learn more about the people who have made and continue to make quilts in the region. The two spent time in the Adirondacks, the Tug Hill Plateau, the St. Lawrence River Valley, the Thousand Islands, and the Lake Champlain Basin. They hosted quilt documentation days, visited museum collections, viewed family collections, attended quilt shows and had conversations with dozens of quilters throughout the region. Photographs and interviews collected during this period have been added to TAUNY's research collection. The research was supported by a grant from The Coby Foundation.

The exhibition runs from April 2 through October 2016. The TAUNY Center is located at 53 Main St., downtown Canton and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 to 4. TAUNY is a nonprofit organization that showcases the folk culture and living traditions of New York's North Country, offering opportunities to experience, learn about, and reflect on issues related to life in that rural region. Through research, multimedia presentations, and publications, they delve into North Country cultural life past and present.

Twelve of the quilts/comforters in the exhibition are from Lewis County. Three come from the Mennonite Heritage Farm. There will be photo slide shows throughout the exhibition. The 2015 Beaver Camp Auction and the Naumburg Mennonite Church sewing circle will be featured in one of those slide shows.

Funding for the exhibition comes from The Coby Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

1) "Sisterhood” wall hanging by Phyllis Lyndaker 2) “Bars” quilt made by Mary Yousey Zehr about 1891. This one was made for the maker’s daughter and fifth child, Anna Zehr Lyndaker, and stayed in the family for 125 years. 3) AMHA comforter

TAUNY Quilting Bee

To climax the display of Warmth, Remembrance, and Art: 200 Years of Quilts and Comforters in Northern New York at TAUNY, Canton, Jill Breit, executive director, extended an invitation to the Mennonite Heritage Farm to invite Lewis County Mennonite church sewing circles for a quilting bee to tie the “30th Anniversary Signature Quilt” at TAUNY. Through the curator’s office, arrangements were made to have four women do a full demonstration for the tying of the signature quilt on Saturday, October 22. Several visitors were excited to have a first-hand experience of learning to tie a knot.

To see photos of the quilting bee, you may visit