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April 1982 · Vol. 11 No. 2 · pp. 42–43 

Historical Endnotes

Ken Reddig


The impact of Mennonites on the culture of the Great Plains is the subject of three 30-minute videotape programs prepared by the Emporia State University’s (Kansas) Center for Great Plains Studies. The 30-program course explores six minority topics of the Great Plains: immigrants, Indians, religions, women, ethnic literature, and Mexican-Americans. Dr. Doug McGaw, Professor of sociology/anthropology, prepared the three programs dealing with Mennonites. He gave a special videotape showing at Tabor College on December 5, 1981. After the showing he presented a copy of the tapes to the Center for M.B. Studies in appreciation for the contributions of Dr. Clarence Hiebert, who, together with Dr. Cornelius Krahn of Bethel College (Newton) contributed much of the historical background.

The first tape describes the European backgrounds of the Mennonite movement. The second tape deals with the three main line Mennonite bodies on the plains of America: The Mennonite (Old) Church, The General Conference Mennonite Church, and the Mennonite Brethren Church. The third tape deals with the plain Mennonites: Hutterites, the Amish, and the Holdeman.

The project was financed by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Emporia State University deserves much credit for undertaking and completing this monumental task over a period of two years and 7,000 hours of work. Duplicate copies of the tape are available.


The West Coast Historical Society has restored and reprinted a rare map of the Molotschna Colony. This map, found several years ago by Mr. John Reimer of Reedley, was discovered during remodeling work he was doing on one of the large old homes in Reedley, California.

The map is thought to have been printed in about 1914, and appears to have been printed for use in schools. After considerable research the Society has been unable to find another map that would compare with this one.

Since the map was in poor condition the Society has had it restored, and it now hangs in the Archives of the Hiebert Library, {43} Fresno Pacific College. Because of its rarity the Society has obtained the rights to make a limited number of prints of the original. Copies can be obtained from the West Coast Historical Society.

All proceeds from the sale of this map will be applied to the translation of the appendices of B. H. Unruh’s Die Niederlandisch-Niederdeutchen Hintergrunde der Mennonitischen Ostwanderungen im 16., 18. and 19. Jahrhundert, which the Society hopes to begin in the near future.

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