One hundred and forty years ago, the first Mennonites in Manitoba stopped only briefly in Winnipeg to pick up supplies before heading to their rural reserves. The city was too risky for a conservative people who were unprepared for the ?world.? How, then, has it come to be that Winnipeg is home to the largest number of Mennonites in any single city in the world? Driedger tells us where the Mennonites came from, how they changed from a rural to urban people, and why these trends occurred at the forks of three rivers named ?muddy waters? ? Winnipeg. At the Forks looks at the formation and cultivation of the Mennonite community in Winnipeg, focusing on its institutions, industry and arts.