Past Events

Up the Nith: The Earliest Old Order Amish Settlement in Ontario

Date: 

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 11:00am to 4:30pm

Location: 

Milverton Mennonite Fellowship, 6619 Perth Road 131, Milverton, Ontario

Event type: 

  • Public meeting

Join us for an afternoon of learning about the food, history, culture and enterprises of the Old Order Amish. The schedule includes an Amish meal, a talk and tours of Old Order Amish businesses.  

The Last Objectors

Date: 

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

Milton Good Library at Conrad Grebel University College

Event type: 

  • Public meeting

Join the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario for the premiere of a new 45 minute film on Mennonite conscientious objectors.

Bus Trip to Leamington Historical Sites

Date: 

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 8:00am to 7:15pm

Location: 

Essex Kent Mennonite Historical Association, 31 Pickwick Drive, Leamington ON

Event type: 

  • Public meeting

Join us for a bus trip to historical sites in Essex County, Ontario. Mennonites first settled here in 1926, and developed a thriving community. In 2015 there is a widely diverse Mennonite community ranging from Low German Old Colony Mennonites to highly assimilated Mennonites that are part of Mennonite Church Canada or the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.

In Search of Promised Lands Book Launch

Date: 

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Conrad Grebel University College Great Hall

Event type: 

  • Public meeting

Please join us for a book launch of Sam Steiner's In Search of Promised Lands: a Religious History of Mennonites in Ontario. This wide-ranging story of Mennonite migration, theological diversity, and interaction with other Christian streams is the first comprehensive history of Mennonites in Ontario since L. J. Burkholder's A Brief History of Mennonites in Ontario published in 1935.

Mennonite Memories of Migrations

Date: 

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Conrad Grebel University College

Event type: 

  • Public meeting

Hosted by Dr Marlene Epp, Professor of History and Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, and co-sponsored with the Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite History (IAMS), the afternoon program will feature six story vignettes of Mennonite experience from various historical immigration, including Pennsylvania Germans in the 18th/19th century, Mennonites from the Soviet Union in the 1920s, post-World war II refugees, as well as new Canadian Mennonites who have come in more recent decades from Asia and Latin America. Story tellers include Sam Steiner, Alfred Hecht, Mithouna Vang and Victoria Linares. To read more details click on "Mennonite Memories of Migration" above.

In Search of Family in the Soviet Union: Two Memoirs of Discovery

Date: 

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: 

Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church, 15 George Street, Waterloo, Ontario

Event type: 

  • Public meeting

Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario2014 Spring MeetingSaturday, June 14, 2014 Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church15 George Street, Waterloo Theme: “In search of family in the Soviet Union:two memoirs of discovery”  

The Role of Shoebox Historians

Date: 

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Rouge Valley Mennonite Church, 7452 Reesor Rd, Markham, Ontario

Event type: 

  • Public meeting

George Reesor of Markham, Ontario, has been interested in history since a youth. Growing up on the Bishop Christian Reesor farm, he has discovered many historical artefacts coming from his own family, and letters to his great-grandfather, Bishop Christian Reesor, and grandfather, Minister Thomas Reesor (founder of Reesor, Ontario).

Roots and Routes: Anabaptist/Black Interaction in 19th Century Canada

Date: 

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Location: 

New Covenant Mennonite Church, Glen Allan, Ontario

Event type: 

  • Public meeting

On June 15, 2013 MHSO held its annual spring meeting at the New Covenant Mennonite Fellowship in Glen Allan, Ont. After the annual meeting, Dr.

Discovering and Telling Family Stories with Mary-Eileen McClear

Date: 

Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Wellesley Mennonite Church

Event type: 

  • Public meeting

Mary-Eileen McClear spoke to the historical society about "Discovering and Telling Family Stories." She told a fact-based fictionalized account about the Jacob Bechtel family who lived near Blair in 1812. While father Jacob was away, the family tried to avoid losing their oxen to the military in 1813.