Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies

CMBS Spring Dinner

The Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies here at Tabor College is having its annual spring dinner meeting on Saturday May 3rd, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Wohlgemuth Lobby, Tabor College campus. Our speaker this year is John Sharp, author, historian and professor at Hesston College, presenting on “Buggies, Bonnets, and Boundaries: The Amish in a Modern World.” Sharp was raised in an Amish-Mennonite community, next door to Amish grandparents and dozens of Amish cousins. According to CMBS Director Peggy Goertzen, this will be a unique opportunity to learn about this branch of the Mennonite family, their faith, their culture, and their interaction with our world today. The event is $15 per person, For reservations contact Goertzen at 620.947.3121×1211/1212 or peggyg@tabor.edu. Scholarships are available for Tabor College students to cover the cost.

Preceding the dinner program on May 3rd will be a local Mennonite history tour, 12:15-5:15 pm, beginning with a light faspa lunch at the Historic Church, and including various landmark sites in our county, including Brunk cemetery, Gnadenau orphanage and village site, Ebenfeld church, Catlin Mennonite cemetery, the Dunkard cemetery, the Peabody train station and prisoner-of war-building the so-called Florence “Mennonite mass grave,” and the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. The charge for the tour is $28 per person, and scholarships are available for Tabor students.

Info

The Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies is your resource center for information about the Mennonite Brethren Church and related topics. The Center at Tabor College was organized in response to the resolution adopted at the 1974 U.S. Conference at Henderson, Nebraska.

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Mission

  • To acknowledge the work of God in the history of the Mennonite Brethren Church
  • To nurture a continued sense of Anabaptist-Mennonite identity
  • To establish a testimony for future generations of God’s dealings through the Mennonite Brethren Church

Materials

  • Historical records of the United States Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches
  • Historical records of the Southern and Central District Conferences of the Mennonite Brethren Church and its congregations
  • Historical records of Latin American and North Carolina Conferences of the Mennonite Brethren Churches and its congregations
  • Historical records of the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren Conference and its congregations
  • Genealogical and manuscript collections of families and individuals
  • Records of Marion County, Kansas including cemetery database for the county
  • Records of the Hillsboro Historical Society
  • Records of Tabor College
  • Paul Wohlgemuth hymnal collection
  • Newspaper and periodical collection, both German and English

The above records include letters, journals, written documents, yearbooks, photographs, artifacts, and other valuable resources.

Historical Online Resources

Five record books of Prussian Mennonite churches have been translated from German into English and typed into manuscript form. The books include records of baptisms, marriages, and deaths, with some occasional supplemental data regarding church elders, teachers, membership transfers and excommunications. These translations were made possible and donated by James and LaVerna Shaw of Hutchinson, Kansas to the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor College. These translations are critical resources for those involved in Prussian Mennonite research. The titles of the individual record books as presented by the translators are as follows:

Elbing-Ellerwald, West Prussia Church Book 1788-1880

Church Record of the Mennonite Congregation in Koenigsberg 1794-1832

Church Record of those in the Ladekop District, Marriages, Births, Deaths and Communicants… 1775-1829

Marcushof, Kreis Marienburg, West Prussia Church Record 1754-1834

>Church Directory of the Mennonite Church at Orlofferfelde 1800-1818

How can the Center help you?

  • As a resource center for research regarding Mennonite Brethren history and related areas of study
  • As a safe depository for congregational and family records
  • As a consultation service regarding the keeping of church records, writing church histories, local histories, and genealogies
  • As a consultation service in planning workshops, seminars, historical celebrations, and publications related to Mennonite Brethren history, life, and thought

How can you help the Center?

  • By being aware of the need to maintain and preserve the records of congregations, committees, conferences, institutions, families and individuals
  • By submitting your contributions of historical and archival materials to the Center
  • By becoming a supporter of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies
  • By contributing funds for specific research projects, seminars, or publications

The Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies is located at the south end of the Tabor College Library. We are normally open 9:00-12:00, 1:30-4:00, five days per week, with reduced summer hours, to students, faculty, visiting scholars, and the public. CMBS is administered by an advisory board together with Tabor College. Your contributions of historical and archival materials are welcome.

Issues of the CMBS Newsletter are available for a minimum $5.00 donation. Please contact Peggy Goertzen for details.

CMBS Staff:

  • Peggy Goertzen, Director, Phone: 620-947-3121 xt 1211
  • Anita Boese, Research Assistant/Administrative Assistant, Phone: 620-947-3121 xt 1212

CMBS Advisory Board

  • Dr. Wilmer Harms, Chairman
  • Dr. Don Isaac, Vice Chairman
  • Ruth Kopp, Secretary
  • Dr. Roland Reimer, Member-at-Large
  • David Brown
  • Eleanor Franz
  • Karen Penner
  • Joel Suderman
  • Raymond F. Wiebe
  • Janet Williams, ex-officio
  • Dr. Frank Johnson, ex-officio

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