The Anabaptist Story Lives on: Virtual Museum & Archive Tour ROUND 2

Back by popular demand! TourMagination is hosting Round 2 of the virtual museum and archive tour. Tuesday evenings, 8 PM ET/7 PM CT/5 PM PT, from November 3rd to December 1, 2020 archivists and executive directors from Anabaptist and Mennonite museums, archives, and heritage centres in the USA and Canada will show unique artifacts, photos, and documents as they share part of the Anabaptist story. Each 20-minute presentation is followed by Q & A. Post your questions in the chat and the presenter will answer them.

REGISTER ON ZOOM ONCE, and select the presentations you want to attend. 

Five more presentations will take place January 5 to February 2, 2021. 



WEEK 1: Tuesday, November 3, 8 PM ET/7 PM CT/5 PM PT, Keeping Our Collective Memory Alive: Why Archiving Matters. Conrad Stoesz, Archivist, Mennonite Heritage Archives (Winnipeg, MB). Archivist Conrad Stoesz will explore context, content, and connection as he reflects on why archiving is important. During his presentation, Conrad interviews Andrew Wall, a documentary filmmaker. Andrew accessed the Mennonite Heritage Archives in Winnipeg to tell the story of 2000 Mennonite refugees who were trapped in post-WWII Germany and desperate to escape to a new life in North America. Conrad will also demonstrate how archivists create ways to navigate a vast amount of materials to find a needle in a haystack or a secret code in an 1852 diary. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR

WEEK 2: Tuesday, November 10, 8 PM ET/7 PM CT/5 PM PT, From Zurich to Addis Ababa: How Anabaptism Became a Global Movement. John Roth, Director, The Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism (Goshen, IN). John D. Roth, Director of the Mennonite Historical Library at the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism will talk about how the movement spread from Zurich, Switzerland to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and places in between. He will reflect on why it matters. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR

WEEK 3: Tuesday, November 17, 8 PM ET/7 PM CT/5 PM PT, From Detroit to Ukraine: The Story of the MCC and Fordson Tractor. Richard Thiessen, Executive Director, Mennonite Heritage Museum (Abbotsford, BC). In 1920, MCC was formed in North America in response to the revolution, famine, and turmoil that Mennonites were experiencing in Russia. Mennonites were literally starving, and in March 1922 MCC established the first relief kitchen in Ukraine, feeding not only Mennonites but anyone who was hungry. MCC workers soon recognized it was not enough to feed and clothe people. They also wanted to help people feed themselves. The solution? MCC shipped 50 Fordson tractors from the Ford factory in Detroit to Mennonites in Ukraine in 1922 and 1923, allowing them to plant crops and harvest enough grain to feed themselves. The Mennonite Heritage Museum has a Fordson tractor just like what was sent to Ukraine on display to remind us of why MCC was formed, the early work that they did in Ukraine, and the difference it has made in the name of Christ throughout the world of the past 100 years. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR

WEEK 4: Tuesday, November 24, 8 PM ET/7 PM CT/5 PM PT, Mennonite Relief Pioneers. Jason Kauffman, Director of Archives and Records Management, Mennonite Church USA. You’ve probably heard of Orie Miller and Clayton Kratz, but what about J.C. Meyer or Nellie Miller Mann? Before the creation of Mennonite Central Committee in 1920, over 100 Mennonites served in France, Syria, and elsewhere through the Mennonite Relief Commission for War Sufferers. In response to the unprecedented violence and destruction of World War I, they provided urgent relief and helped lay the groundwork for future inter-Mennonite relief and service efforts – all amid a global pandemic. Join archivist Jason Kauffman to learn more about their stories and what they can teach us 100 years later. Stories from the Mennonite Church USA Archives. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR

WEEK 5: Tuesday, December 1, 8 PM ET/7 PM CT/5 PM PT, Mennonites at War: Highlights from the MHV Collection. Andrea Klassen, Senior Curator, Mennonite Heritage Village (Steinbach, MB). Mennonites have a long-standing history of meeting violence with non-resistance. However, this traditional response to violence and war has been tested, and even discarded, at numerous points over their five-hundred-year history. Join Senior Curator Andrea Klassen for a preview of Mennonite Heritage Village’s 2021 exhibit Mennonites at War, highlighting artifacts from the museum’s collection. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR



Tuesday, January 5, 8 PM ET/7 PM CT/5 PM PT, The Cookie War: A Sweet and True Tale from the Mennonite Archives of Ontario. Laureen Harder Gissing, Archivist, Mennonite Heritage Archives (Waterloo, ON).

Tuesday, January 12, 8 PM ET/7 PM CT/5 PM PT, The Odyssey of an Organ, Immigrant Furniture and Travelling Exhibits. Andi Schmidt Andres, Director, Kauffman Museum (North Newton, KS).

Tuesday, January 19, 8 PM ET/7 PM CT/5 PM PT, Perseverance & Joy: Early Anabaptist Treasures. Joe Springer, Curator, Mennonite Historical Library (Goshen, IN).

Tuesday, January 26, 8 PM ET/7 PM CT/5 PM PT, Exploring Questions from the Mennonite Past. John D. Thiessen, Archivist, Mennonite Library & Archives at Bethel College (North Newton, KS).

Tuesday, February 2, 8 PM ET/7 PM CT/5 PM PT, Secrets from the Ukrainian KBG Archives. Dr. Aileen Friesen, Historian, Center for the  Transnational Mennonite Studies (Winnipeg, MB).



The Anabaptist Story Lives on: Virtual Museum & Archive Tour (Round 1)



For an in-depth exploration of Anabaptist heritage, consider one of TourMagination’s heritage tours in Europe, Poland, Ukraine, or Romania. View upcoming Anabaptist heritage tours in 2021 and 2022 guided by expert tour leaders.

Where can you travel safely now? During the time of travel restrictions, we are offering local heritage tours that you can enjoy with family and friends while practicing safe distancing and following local safety guidelines.  We have already planned tours to Goshen, Indiana and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We are currently developing tours for Kansas and Ohio and considering planning tours in Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia. Are you interested?


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