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/