Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies

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The Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies is your resource center for information about the Mennonite Brethren, Tabor College, and related subject areas. The Center at Tabor College was organized in response to the resolution adopted at the 1974 U.S. Conference at Henderson, Nebraska.

Christian Leader Inquiry Form

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Christian Leader Index

Download the first and second volume of the Christian Leader index.

Vol.1 Christian Leader Index Vol.2 Christian Leader Index

New and Used Book Order Form

Order new and used books, as well as tapes, CDs, VHSs, DVDs, and Mennonite Ancestry Data Bases from the CMBS New and Used Book Order Form. The complete list is viewable at the top of the form page.

Tabor Centennial History Book

Learn more about the new Tabor College history book.

New Book

Katie Funk Wiebe’s newest book, A Strong Frailty, Aganeta Janzen Block, has recently been published by CMBS, Tabor College. and is available for $18.99 plus postage/handling of $3.50 and Kansas tax where applicable. “Stories from the life of the author’s Aunt Neta fill this exceptional biography of a life lived in forced labor for eleven years in Stalin’s northern regions in extreme working conditions.” Marlene Epp, Conrad Grebel Univesity College, Waterloo, Ontario, describes this book as “a story of family and faith, and despite the book’s title, also one of fortitude more than frailty.” An historical read, and an inspirational read. You can order your copy now by filling out the New Book Order Form.

Mission

  • To acknowledge the work of God in the history of the Mennonite Brethren Church
  • To nurture a continued sense of Anabaptist-Mennonite identity
  • To establish a testimony for future generations of God’s dealings through the Mennonite Brethren Church

Materials

  • Historical records of the United States Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches
  • Historical records of the Southern and Central District Conferences of the Mennonite Brethren Church and its congregations
  • Historical records of Latin American and North Carolina Conferences of the Mennonite Brethren Churches and its congregations
  • Historical records of the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren Conference and its congregations
  • Historical records of Tabor College
  • Newspaper and periodical collection, both German and English
  • Paul Wohlgemuth hymnal and songbook collection
  • Genealogical and manuscript collections of families and individuals
  • Records of Marion County, Kansas including cemetery database for county
  • Records of Hillsboro Historical Society

The above records include letters, journals, written documents, yearbooks, photographs, artifacts, and other valuable resources.

Historical Online Resources

Five record books of Prussian Mennonite churches have been translated from German into English and typed into manuscript form. The books include records of baptisms, marriages, and deaths, with some occasional supplemental data regarding church elders, teachers, membership transfers and excommunications. These translations were made possible and donated by James and LaVerna Shaw of Hutchinson, Kansas to the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor College. These translations are critical resources for those involved in Prussian Mennonite research. The titles of the individual record books as presented by the translators are as follows:

Elbing-Ellerwald, West Prussia Church Book 1788-1880

Church Record of the Mennonite Congregation in Koenigsberg 1794-1832

Church Record of those in the Ladekop District, Marriages, Births, Deaths and Communicants… 1775-1829

Marcushof, Kreis Marienburg, West Prussia Church Record 1754-1834

>Church Directory of the Mennonite Church at Orlofferfelde 1800-1818

How can the Center help you?

  • As a resource center for research regarding Mennonite Brethren history and related areas of study
  • As a safe depository for congregational and family records
  • As a consultation service regarding the keeping of church records, writing church histories, local histories, and genealogies
  • As a consultation service in planning workshops, seminars, historical celebrations, and publications related to Mennonite Brethren history, life, and thought

How can you help the Center?

  • By being aware of the need to maintain and preserve the records of congregations, committees, conferences, institutions, families and individuals
  • By submitting your contributions of historical and archival materials to the Center
  • By becoming a supporter of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies
  • By contributing funds for specific research projects, seminars, or publications

The Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies is located at the south end of the Tabor College Library. We are normally open 9:00-12:00, 1:30-4:00, five days per week, with reduced summer hours, to students, faculty, visiting scholars, and the public. CMBS is administered by an advisory board together with Tabor College. Your contributions of historical and archival materials are welcome.

Issues of the CMBS Newsletter are available for a minimum $5.00 donation. Please contact Peggy Goertzen for details.

CMBS Staff:

  • Peggy Goertzen, Director, Phone: 620-947-3121 xt 1211
  • Anita Boese, Research Assistant/Administrative Assistant, Phone: 620-947-3121 xt 1212

CMBS Advisory Board

  • David Brown, Chairman
  • Dr. Don Isaac, Vice-Chairman
  • Ruth Kopp, Secretary
  • Dr. Roland Reimer, Member-at-Large
  • Eleanor Franz
  • Dr. Wilmer Harms
  • Karen Penner
  • Joel Suderman
  • Raymond F. Wiebe
  • Janet Williams, ex-officio
  • Dr. Frank Johnson, ex-officio

Prayer Requests

Whether you’re the parent of a current Tabor student or the parent of someone considering Tabor, we would like to pray with you. E-mail us with any requests you may have, and we will partner with the Holy Spirit for you.

Photo Album

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