Spring 1987 · Vol. 16 No. 1 · p. 85 

Historical Endnotes

Ken Reddig


The Historical Commission, together with the three Centers for M.B. Studies (Hillsboro, Fresno and Winnipeg), have entered into an agreement with Kindred Press to publish a new “Historical Series.” The series will be entitled “Perspectives on Mennonite Life and Thought” and will address important “historical” and “current” issues.

The first volume in this series will be published in late 1987. Presently being prepared for publication in this series is a new study by Dr. John B. Toews of Calgary, Alberta on the beginnings of the Mennonite Brethren in Russia. The projected title is: Perilous Journey: The Mennonite Brethren in Russia, 1860-1910.


The Center in Fresno is in the process of acquiring Mennonite and German Language newspapers published in Kansas between the years of 1879-1910. While they are local papers, they contain correspondence and reports from Mennonite communities across North America and Russia. Some 17 different titles are being acquired.


The Center in Winnipeg has received a grant from the Public Archives Manitoba for an “Oral History Program” through which young women involved with the Mary-Martha Home (MB) and the Ebenezer Home (GC) will be interviewed. Both were homes for young women working in Winnipeg as domestics (1920’s-1950’s). In addition Conscientious Objectors from WWII will also be interviewed.

The grant will finance this interview program for some 6 months. During that time it is hoped that some one hundred interviews will be obtained.

Hired for this special project is Frieda Esau of Coaldale, Alberta. Frieda recently graduated with an M.A. in History from the University of Manitoba.

Ken Reddig