By Lisa Marie Stahl
Foreword and photography by Michael Crummett, Farcountry
Press, Helena, Montana, 2003, 160 pages, softcover.
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to provide
this new book about the life of the Hutterite community. Lisa Marie
Stahl, a young Hutterite woman who grew up at the Gildford Colony
near Havre, Montana, tenderly shared details about the Hutterite lifestyle
in this unique collection of first-person articles. Originally appearing
in the Great Falls Tribune, Lisa's "On the Colony"
column gave readers a rare public glimpse of this communal Anabaptist
group with colonies in the upper Midwest, Northwest, and Canada. Her
articles, collected and bound in this special volume, cordially welcome
readers into the colony to discover what it's like to be a Hutterite.
Michael Crummett writes in the Foreword: "With her pen, she
has clarified issues of importance. Instead of having to turn the
other cheek, she has truck down rumors that propagate misconceptions
and repulsed fallacies that breed prejudice. With her keyboard,
she has spread cultural understanding, greater acceptance, and brotherly/sisterly
love. Through her eyes, then her words, she has yielded a clear
vision of the special, spiritual, communal world of Hutterites,
rare among today's cultures of the world where sacred meaning, community
fulfillment, and the value of human life are conspicuously absent."
|Lisa Marie Stahl holds up the three
dresses she made to wear for her shivarees and wedding ceremony.
||Women on kitchen duty at Gildford Colony
bake "schneki," a moderately sweet German cookie.
|Women and children from the Surprise
Creek Colony return home after taking the menfolk coffee and
||The Paul Stahl, Jr., family, encompassing
four generations, comes together for a barbecue.
My Hutterite Life
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to use any images from the GRHC website may be requested
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