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The Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario encourages and supports a variety of projects which interpret Mennonite Heritage to Mennonites and non-Mennonites alike through periodicals, workshops and seminars, public meetings, historical sites and publications.

2014 Spring Meeting
Saturday, June 14, 2014

"In search of family in the Soviet Union: two memoirs of discovery "

Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church
15 George Street, Waterloo



9:30 am – Registration
10:00 am – MHSO annual meeting
10:30 am – Presentations by Anne Konrad and Maureen Klassen, panel chaired by Alf Redekopp
12:15 – Lunch (borscht and zwiebach)
1:00 – book signing and further informal conversation

The cost for lunch is $10.00 Payment by cheque or cash only, prepaid or upon arrival. You must pre-register for the lunch by May 31.

For more information, to register for the lunch, and/or to renew your membership use the form,  email,  or contact Sam Steiner (519-884-1040).

About the Panelists

Anne Konrad

Anne’s book tells the gripping account of her search for family members lost and disappeared within the Soviet Union. Though her parents fled in 1929, many relatives remained in the USSR. Konrad’s search took place over twenty years and five continents – on muddy roads, lonesome steppes and in old letters, documents, and secret police archives. Her story, filled with accounts from survivors now scattered across the world, is an enthralling journey into the past that offers a unique look at the lives of ordinary families and individuals in the USSR.

Maureen Klassen

Maureen’s book is the riveting story of a family, a secret that spans Revolution and World War, and a stunning discovery. Her writing gives life to a Russian woman who seeks her brother in Canada, and to the amazing woman at the heart of this story, Maureen’s mother-in-law, Mary Brieger Klassen. Maureen’s journey of discovery begins on an ordinary afternoon in Moscow, April 1993, when out of the blue she and her husband, Herb, receive a telephone call from a woman who identifies herself as Erika Reimer Gurieva, the half-sister of Herb’s brother, Harold Klassen. And thus began Klassen’s “memoir of discovery.”



Mennonites in Ontario book coverNew edition of Mennonites in Ontario available!

Marlene Epp, Associate Professor of History, and Director of Mennonite Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, has updated her popular Mennonites in Ontario.

The cover features the striking fibre art by Judy Gascho-Jutzi, "Encounters along the Grand." Last updated in 2002, the 2012 edition includes new analysis and updated statistics. Mennonites in Ontario remains the best introduction to the myriad Amish and Mennonite groups in Ontario.

Available at:

Mennonite Story Visitor Centre, St. Jacobs
Milton Good Library, Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo
Wordsworth Books, Waterloo
Wallenstein General Store, Wallenstein

or order directly from the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario.

Cost: $8. If shipping is required, there is an additional $3 charge.


Brubacher HouseTake a virtual tour of the Brubacher House, an historical site co-sponsored by the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario and Conrad Grebel University College.


Ontario Mennonite History

View a recent issue of Ontario Mennonite History
     (November 2005, Vol. 23 No.2) 
 (A publication of the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario)

If you would like to receive current issues of Ontario Mennonite History, become a member! See the Membership page or email us for further information.

The Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario is affiliated with Conrad Grebel University College and the Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

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