In the footsteps of her father (many, many pictures)

Since recently Judith Balie is the curator of the Genadendal Mission Museum. Judith is the daughter of Isaac Balie who build up this museum during 30 years. Thanks to Isaac this working museum is one of the best of its kind in South Africa and still to be discovered by the tourism industry. The museum tells the story of the influence of the Moravian Church in the evolvement of Genadendal and its original families.

Isaac Balie welcoming a visitor.
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Weekend Greetings from the Genadendal Mission Museum

(soon more)

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Weekend Greetings from Genadendal

Genadendal Mission Museum revisited

Last year we visited the Genadendal Mission Museum for the first time. Time was too short but earlier this week we went again with guests and took half a day for it and honestly; also that is too short. It’s one of the best living museums in South Africa; in 50 years time build up by Isaac Balie with the help of some others. The collection is astonishing and provides the visitors a good insight of how village life was in the old days of Genadendal. President Nelson Mandela visited the museum and I guess he got the same guided tour of Isaac Balie as we experienced. Daughter Judith gave us a brief introduction and there we went with Isaac; going from one surprise to the other. Exploring ‘secret’ corners such as the pharmacy, the collection of old photo cameras including a ‘camera obscura’, the watermill, the organ collection including the oldest pipe organ of South Africa, etc. etc. Here are about 40 pictures that give you an impression but better is to visit…

BTW (for the tourists from abroad) No water shortage in the Overberg …