Mennonite Settler statue
Mennonite Settler Statue
|NRHP reference #||98000084|
|Added to NRHP||February 26, 1998|
The statue was crafted in 1942 by Topeka artist Max Nixon out of native Kansas limestone. It depicts a bearded Mennonite farmer with hat in hand, in an attitude of prayer. The sculpture rests on a mosaic tile base with the inscription "Commemorating entry into Kansas from Russia of Turkey Red Hard Wheat by Mennonites 1874." The statue commemorates the introduction from Russia of Turkey Red hard winter wheat by Mennonite settlers, which helped make Kansas the "breadbasket of America." The statue was jointly financed through a community fundraising drive and a Works Progress Administration (WPA) art project.
The mosaic tile base is about 10 feet (3.0 m) in diameter.
- National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Reinhild Kauenhoven Janzen (June 15, 1997). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: The Mennonite Settler Statue / Wheat Memorial". National Park Service. Retrieved December 28, 2017. With six photos from 1997.
- Kansas Travel and Tourism Division. Mennonite Settler Statue