Collecting, sharing, and preserving stories of Mennonite Christian discipleship

Mennonite Church USA Archives

The Archives, a ministry of Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board, are located in North Newton, Kan., in the Bethel College library, and in Goshen, Ind., in Newcomer Center at Goshen College.

Each year, the Archives hosts several hundred researchers in person and answers about 1,000 reference questions for in-person and remote researchers. In the past year, the Archives’ approximately 5,400 photographs available online have received more than 750,000 views. Among the researchers are students, historians, theologians, pastors, documentary researchers, genealogists, former mission workers, and people whose lives have been touched by Mennonites.

The following stories of two grassroots initiatives from the mid-20th century—the Partly Dave Coffee House in Elkhart, Ind., and the Guest House and Cafeteria in Newton, Kan.—give us a glimpse of the rich history contained in our Mennonite archives.

See also: Mennonite Church USA Archives an ArchivesSpace charter member

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