Great Hall, Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Road N, Waterloo, ON
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.
10:00 - OpeningWelcome and AnnouncmentsLand Acknowledgement - Mennonite Historical Society of OntarioIndigenous greetings - Led by Mim Harder
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
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
Essex Kent Mennonite Historical Association, 31 Pickwick Drive, Leamington ON
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.
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.
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.