Chesley Lake accordion

A Moment from Yesterday

February 13, 2019 | Opinion | Volume 23 Issue 4
Laureen Harder-Gissing |
Photo: David L. Hunsberger / Mennonite Archives of Ontario

An accordionist serenades a literary society meeting at Chesley Lake Camp in Ontario, in 1949. Chesley Lake was the first Mennonite church camp in Ontario and one of the first in Canada. Literary societies were common in Ontario Mennonite churches at the time, as social outlets and avenues for artistic expression. In today’s fast-paced world, do our congregations need camps, art, music and community more than ever? 

For more historical photos in the Mennonite Archival Image Database (MAID), see https://archives.mhsc.ca/

Photo: David L. Hunsberger / Mennonite Archives of Ontario

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