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.
Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church, 15 George Street, Waterloo, Ontario
Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario2014 Spring MeetingSaturday, June 14, 2014
Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church15 George Street, Waterloo
Theme: “In search of family in the Soviet Union:two memoirs of discovery”
Rouge Valley Mennonite Church, 7452 Reesor Rd, Markham, Ontario
George Reesor of Markham, Ontario, has been interested in history since a youth. Growing up on the Bishop Christian Reesor farm, he has discovered many historical artefacts coming from his own family, and letters to his great-grandfather, Bishop Christian Reesor, and grandfather, Minister Thomas Reesor (founder of Reesor, Ontario).
Mary-Eileen McClear spoke to the historical society about "Discovering and Telling Family Stories." She told a fact-based fictionalized account about the Jacob Bechtel family who lived near Blair in 1812. While father Jacob was away, the family tried to avoid losing their oxen to the military in 1813.