Back by popular demand! TourMagination is hosting Round 3 of the virtual museum and archive tour. Tuesday evenings, 8 PM ET/7 PM CT/5 PM PT, from January 5 to February 2, 2021 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.
Tuesday, January 26, 8 PM ET/7 PM CT/5 PM PT, Exploring Questions from the Mennonite Past. John D. Thiesen, Archivist, Mennonite Library & Archives at Bethel College (North Newton, KS). Why did Mennonites migrate to Kansas, Nebraska, the Dakotas, and California? Did Mennonites collaborate with Nazis during WWII? How did Mennonites relate to Native Americans when they settled in the Western US? The Mennonite Library and Archives helps people answer questions from Mennonite history. Presenter: John D. Thiesen, Archivist, Mennonite Library & Archives, Bethel College, North Newton, KA.
Tuesday, February 2, 8 PM ET/7 PM CT/5 PM PT, Secrets from the Ukrainian KGB Archives. Dr. Aileen Friesen, Historian, Centre for the Transnational Mennonite Studies (Winnipeg, MB). The accessibility of Ukrainian KGB archival files have not only offered closure to Mennonite families, they have also provided new insight into Mennonite life under Stalin. Join historian Aileen Friesen from the Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies in exploring the significance of these files for the study of Mennonite history.
Tuesday, February 9, 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). Three cookies baked by local Old Order Mennonite women in 1984 lie in a box at the Mennonite Archives of Ontario. How they came to be here involves a patent dispute, a famous cookbook author, and a series of events that inspired a stage production and screenplay. Perhaps this lighthearted tale holds some lessons for us today? Join Archivist Laureen Harder-Gissing to find out.
PAST VIRTUAL TOURS
Week 1: The Great Trek: A Silk Road Pilgrimage. John E. Sharp, Historian and former Hesston College Professor.
Week 2: The Odyssey of an Organ, Immigrant Furniture and Travelling Exhibits. Andi Schmidt Andres, Director, Kauffman Museum (North Newton, KS).
Week 3: Perseverance & Joy: Early Anabaptist Treasures. Joe Springer, Curator, Mennonite Historical Library (Goshen, IN).
Q & A with Joe Springer:
Other Resources from the Perseverance & Joy Presentation:
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