Just put it on the web!

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA. Since reopening in May, I’ve had many chances to greet visitors and give them a tour of the new MC USA Archives in Elkhart. After showing them the reading room and storage vault, conversation usually shifts to the documents themselves. I’ve gotten […]

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Executive Board staff transitions

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA)—Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) staff announces recent and current staff transitions: Colleen McFarland served Mennonite Church USA for almost five years as archivist and director of archives and records management at the denominational archives in Goshen, Indiana. In May 2015, she transitioned to the position of head archivist with […]

Called to witness and healing

Mennonites participate in Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings on Indigenous boarding schools By Jenn Carreto Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Church Canada—Last fall, a delegation of eight Mennonites attended hearings in Vancouver, B.C., to listen to stories of the trauma inflicted upon Indigenous people through Indian Residential Schools—which were active from the late 19th century into the […]

Archives as ministry: An Anabaptist approach to the historical record

This piece is reprinted courtesy of The Mirror, a bimonthly publication of Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Colleen McFarland is archivist for Mennonite Church USA. By Colleen McFarland Twenty years ago, when I was eagerly anticipating my graduation from the College of Wooster (Ohio) with a shiny new bachelor of arts in German and history, I […]

River of Anabaptist story stirred by archival venue change

By Laurie Oswald Robinson Mennonite Church USA—In the centuries-long flow of the Anabaptist story, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) staff members believe that the decision to transfer MCC’s archival collections from the Mennonite Church USA Archives in Goshen, Ind., to the MCC U.S. offices in Akron, Pa., is a short-term stirring of the waters for long-term […]

Volunteers extend reach of Mennonite Church USA archives

By Rich Preheim GOSHEN, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA)—Retiree Stan Voth of Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton, Kan., used to work in an historical library and archives. Goshen (Ind.) College senior Tillie Yoder is considering doing so. Both are volunteers at the Mennonite Church USA Historical Committee’s archives—Voth in North Newton and Yoder in Goshen. […]