Virtual tour of Mennonite museums and archives continues

January 4, 2021

The final round of “The Anabaptist Story Lives On: Virtual Museum and Archive Tour” kicks off on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. The virtual series, presented free of charge via Zoom, highlights unique artifacts, photographs and documents that are part of the Anabaptist-Mennonie story. This round of the tour includes six events:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021: “The Great Trek: A Silk Road Pilgrimage,” hosted by John E. Sharp, historian and former professor at Hesston College in Hesston, Kan.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021: “The Odyssey of an Organ, Immigrant Furniture and Travelling Exhibits,” hosted by Andi Schmidt Andres, director at the Kauffman Museum in North Newton, Kan.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021: “Perseverance & Joy: Early Anabaptist Treasures,” hosted by Joe Springer, curator at the Mennonite Historical Library in Goshen, Ind.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021: “Exploring Questions from the Past,” hosted by John D. Thiessen from the Mennonite Library & Archives at Bethel College in North Newton, Kan.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021: “Secrets from the Ukrainian KGB Archives,” hosted by Dr. Aileen Friesen, co-director of the Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies in Winnipeg, Man.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021: “The Cookie War: A Sweet and True Tale from the Mennonite Archives of Ontario,” hosted by Laureen Harder-Gissing, archivist at the Mennonite Archives of Ontario in Waterloo, Ont. 

More than 1,000 people attended the first 13 events in the series, which started in mid-2020. The series is presented by TourMagination, a Waterloo-based business that leads faith-based group tours to destinations around the world that are of heritage and cultural interest to Mennonites. Visit for event details and registration information.

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