PNMHS Announces Annual Meeting and Program

We invite you to plan to attend our annual meeting and program scheduled for Saturday, February 11, 2023, at Zion Mennonite Church, 6124 S. Whiskey Hill Rd., Hubbard, OR  97032. A luncheon will be served at Noon followed by the annual business meeting. The cost for the meal is $15 per person.  RSVP for lunch only to Jerry Barkman at or 503-871-6413 by February 6.

The program will begin at 1:30 and is free, no RSVP is required. Our speakers, Austin and Cherilyn Smucker from Madras, OR., will share their experience of being held as hostages in Haiti from October 16 to December 15, 2021. They were two of the seventeen Christian missionaries who were kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo Gang after visiting a local orphanage in Port-au-Prince on October 16. The group, comprised of Amish, Mennonite, and other conservative Anabaptist communities, included 16 US citizens and one Canadian. Five of those kidnapped were children.

An offering to support the work of the Historical Society will be taken.  We greatly appreciate your support of and partnership with the historical society.



A Zoom link for those unable to attend the program portion starting at 1:30 is at:

Voices of Conscience exhibit
Portland Mennonite Church Celebrates 100 years
On November 12 & 13, Portland Mennonite Church will celebrate 100 years since the first worship service was held at the Portland Mission. They would like to invite us to participate. PMC has also created a brand-new historical timeline that can be found by visiting their website at and clicking on the link for the 100-year celebration.
If you have questions please contact Lin Rush at
Thank you,
Lin Rush
Visitors Welcome
We welcome visitors weekly on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As of March 16, wearing masks will be optional for those coming to the PNMHS Ivan and Pearl Kropf Heritage Center. Social distancing is possible for those who may be concerned with this guideline.
Appointments are convenient but not required.
Contact us at  letting us know your contact info and the date and time you wish to visit.

Pacific Northwest Mennonite Historical Society
Where history (and your story) matter.

Ivan and Pearl Kropf Heritage Center
6030 South Whiskey Hill Road
Hubbard, OR 97032-9406
phone: 503-266-6447

The purpose of the Pacific Northwest Mennonite Historical Society [PNMHS] is to record and preserve the history of Mennonite and related groups for present and future generations. We serve the congregations and communities of the Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference. Our goals are to:
•  collect, preserve and organize records, writing, and artifacts of Mennonite groups,
•  aid historians and genealogists,
•  increase interest in Mennonite history and genealogy.
more about PNMHS here   |  scroll down for more

Who are Mennonites?

Mennonites are a subset of the Anabaptist movement from the mid 1500s. Mennonites maintain strong unique positions on personal discipleship, “believer” baptism, separation of church and state, peace and justice, and non-involvement in military.
We sense that our mission is always counter-cultural because our allegiance to the Lord Jesus and the kingdom that he proclaims puts us in tension with the culture around us.
Menno Simons of the Netherlands was an early prominent leader and eventually the group became known as “Mennonites” because of his name.
Mennonites in America originally came from Switzerland, Germany, Holland, France, and Russia seeking religious freedom. The first permanent settlement was established at Germantown PA in 1683.
According to Mennonite World Conference, there are over 200 separate Mennonite “organized bodies” around the world, including 36 in the US and Canada.

PNMHS Library

The Pacific Northwest Mennonite Historical Library has a 3000+ volume collection including an extensive genealogy section and books authored by Mennonites. There are also books about Mennonite theology, issues and history. You are invited to visit our library (call for hours) or you may explore the collection by searching our online catalog that is updated regularly. Visit this page to learn more about our online library catalog.

PNMHS Archives

Preserving the past to illuminate the future…

Our more extensive collections have been sorted, organized and described according to Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) with their Finding Aids entered into Archives Space. These Archived Collections are stored in a climate controlled archives room and arranged in these categories: Personal, Congregation, Conference, Institution, and Miscellaneous. Our collection is a subset of the Mennonite Archival Commons Historical Archives located in Goshen, Indiana and Newton, Kansas.

We have numerous smaller, but equally interesting and important collections which you may view at this link.