Centennial celebration

A Moment from Yesterday

July 17, 2019 | Opinion | Volume 23 Issue 14
Conrad Stoesz |
Photo: Mennonite Heritage Archives / Lawrence Klippenstein photo collection

New Canadian initiatives around multiculturalism in the 1970s—celebrating anniversaries like Canada’s centennial in 1967, Manitoba’s in 1970, and the arrival of Mennonites in Manitoba in 1974—created a new energy and appreciation for history in Canada. During these years, the Mennonite Heritage Centre and the Archives of Ontario hired permanent staff. Energy was put into founding Mennonite archives in Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. Family and community history books were written, capturing many stories. Public commemoration is an important role in maintaining community. Pictured in 1974, John C. Reimer, left, then premier Ed Schreyer, and Rev. Gerhard Lohrenz unveil a plaque commemorating the Mennonite centennial in Manitoba in the Manitoba legislature.

For more historical photos in the Mennonite Archival Image Database, see archives.mhsc.ca.

Call for volunteers

Further reading:
Cayuga church
Namaka cutting wheat
Nipawin streetscape
Morden motorcycles
Harold Schmidt cook

—Updated July 24, 2019

Photo: Mennonite Heritage Archives / Lawrence Klippenstein photo collection

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