Past Events

Living History: Indigenous and Mennonite Stories of Encounter

Date: 

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Location: 

Great Hall, Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Road N, Waterloo, ON

Event type: 

  • Public meeting

  How did you arrive here? What is your history on this land? Join the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario for a day of conversation about Mennonite settler stories and Indigenous histories.   Program 10:00 - OpeningWelcome and AnnouncmentsLand Acknowledgement - Mennonite Historical Society of OntarioIndigenous greetings - Led by Mim Harder

Mennonites in Revolutionary Russia

Date: 

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Great Hall, Conrad Grebel University College

Event type: 

  • Public meeting

  Mennonite Historical Society of OntarioAnnual Meeting Guest speaker: Aileen Friesen "Searching for an Identity: Mennonites in Revolutionary Russia" Dr. Aileen Friesen is a scholar of Russian history, with an emphasis on religion in the Russian empire. She is the inaugural recipient of the Fretz Fellowship at Conrad Grebel University College. Photo: Mennonite students in Leningrad

Celebrating a Century of Mennonite Sewing Circles in Ontario

Date: 

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Community Room, 50 Kent Avenue, Kitchener (Mennonite Central Committee Ontario, 2nd floor)

Event type: 

  • Public meeting

In 1917, Ontario Mennonite women were encouraged to "take hold" of addressing needs in their communities and supporting missionary efforts by forming sewing circles.

Yellow Bellies

Date: 

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 2:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Floradale Mennonite Church, 22 Florapine Road, Floradale, Ontario

Event type: 

  • Public meeting

Theatre of the Beat presents Yellow Bellies, an historical drama with live music, highlighting the experiences and public response to Mennonite conscientious objectors during the Second World War, written by Johnny Wideman and Rebecca Steiner. Performances: 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Up the Nith: The Earliest Old Order Amish Settlement in Ontario

Date: 

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 11:00am to 4:30pm

Location: 

Milverton Mennonite Fellowship, 6619 Perth Road 131, Milverton, Ontario

Event type: 

  • Public meeting

Join us for an afternoon of learning about the food, history, culture and enterprises of the Old Order Amish. The schedule includes an Amish meal, a talk and tours of Old Order Amish businesses.  

The Last Objectors

Date: 

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

Milton Good Library at Conrad Grebel University College

Event type: 

  • Public meeting

Join the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario for the premiere of a new 45 minute film on Mennonite conscientious objectors.

Bus Trip to Leamington Historical Sites

Date: 

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 8:00am to 7:15pm

Location: 

Essex Kent Mennonite Historical Association, 31 Pickwick Drive, Leamington ON

Event type: 

  • Public meeting

Join us for a bus trip to historical sites in Essex County, Ontario. Mennonites first settled here in 1926, and developed a thriving community. In 2015 there is a widely diverse Mennonite community ranging from Low German Old Colony Mennonites to highly assimilated Mennonites that are part of Mennonite Church Canada or the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.

In Search of Promised Lands Book Launch

Date: 

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Conrad Grebel University College Great Hall

Event type: 

  • Public meeting

Please join us for a book launch of Sam Steiner's In Search of Promised Lands: a Religious History of Mennonites in Ontario. This wide-ranging story of Mennonite migration, theological diversity, and interaction with other Christian streams is the first comprehensive history of Mennonites in Ontario since L. J. Burkholder's A Brief History of Mennonites in Ontario published in 1935.

Mennonite Memories of Migrations

Date: 

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Conrad Grebel University College

Event type: 

  • Public meeting

Hosted by Dr Marlene Epp, Professor of History and Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, and co-sponsored with the Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite History (IAMS), the afternoon program will feature six story vignettes of Mennonite experience from various historical immigration, including Pennsylvania Germans in the 18th/19th century, Mennonites from the Soviet Union in the 1920s, post-World war II refugees, as well as new Canadian Mennonites who have come in more recent decades from Asia and Latin America. Story tellers include Sam Steiner, Alfred Hecht, Mithouna Vang and Victoria Linares. To read more details click on "Mennonite Memories of Migration" above.

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