122. Wieler family sleeping bench

122 - Wieler Sleeping Bench closed


La Crete Mennonite Heritage Village

Mennonites have been residing in Alberta for over a century. The majority of settlers came to the Didsbury area after WWI, as part of the Mennonite migration from the Soviet Union. In 1932, Old Colony Mennonites left Saskatchewan to found a new colony in the Peace River area. The settlement at La Crete grew to a membership of 130 by 1950. Families continued to move into the settlement such as the family of Bernard and Katherina Wieler who located here from Manitoba. They brought this sleeping bench with them. This is a traditional piece of Mennonite furniture, serving as living room furniture during the day and transforming into a bed at night.