Meetings and Events

Pacific Northwest Mennonite Historical Society has meetings each year and an occasional special event. This page is a list of these events with links to the program, audio and video recordings when available. You may find additional information on these programs by going to the Newsletters page and reading the newsletter following the event.

Where in The World Did I Come From?

Researching and Writing Your Genealogy

Presented by Jerry Barkman
PNMHS Treasurer

view slideshow

Seminar will be held at the Ivan & Pearl Kropf Heritage Center
6030 S. Whiskey Hill Road, Hubbard Oregon
Adjacent to Zion Mennonite Church
Saturday, October 15, 2016, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Free Admission and Refreshments will be served
For more information, you may call (503) 266-6447 or
email nwmennonite@canby.com

Your Congregation’s Story Matters

This workshop was offered at the 2016 annual gathering of the Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference which was hosted by Zion Mennonite Church. A video recording of the workshop may be viewed at this link.
Christianity is a history-conscious religion, grounded in a historical account of God’s dealing with humankind. Congregations are one of the main places where God’s story and ours intersect and where history is made. This interactive workshop will focus on the importance and value of preserving and sharing our congregation’s stories and documents along with information about ways to make this happen. Congregational historians and persons interested in taking on this vital role are encouraged to attend but everyone is welcome! Facilitator: Gloria Nussbaum and Ray Kauffman
Find congregational archival resources here.

2016 Annual Meeting
January 16  ~  Noon – 3:00pm

Lunch served at noon in the fellowship hall
Program at 1:00 o’clock in the sanctuary
Tour the PNMHS library and archive
link to full Program and Flyer

Guest Speaker ~ Marlene Kropf: “Full Circle: Leaving Home & Returning”
link to video recording of Marlene’s presentation

link to audio recording of full program

Your Story Matters~Oct. 18, 2015, 2:30

Everyone has a story that matters and is worth sharing. The Pacific Northwest Mennonite Historical Society invites you to join us for an inter-generational, interactive workshop, “Your Story Matters,” as we share stories and discover ways to record/preserve them. And, if possible we’d love to have you come with a member of your family from a generation other than your own . . . a granddaughter, a son, a grandmother . . . you get the idea!
In addition to learning things about your family member, this will also be an opportunity to learn more about the incredible resource that is the Kropf Heritage Center. We’ll meet at the Center from 2:30—4:30pm on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Please RSVP to pnwmennonite@canby.com by October 10, 2015. Refreshments will be served.

Link to Flyer.

2015 Annual gathering of the
Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference
at Lebanon Mennonite Church, June 19-20

Pacific Northwest Mennonite Historical Society provided a Display Table and a
Workshop “Your Story Matters” prepared and presented by Gloria Nussbaum.
The first 35 minutes of this 90 minute workshop were video recorded. You can get a good feel for the workshop by viewing the video at this link and looking at this handout.

30 Years of Faithfulness

Oregon Mennonite Festival for World Relief

April 19, 2015 – Lebanon Mennonite Church

Guest Speaker: Bill Braun

Program  |  Audio Recording  |  Pictorial Review: VideoPictures  |  pictures of event

annual-meetingAnnual Meeting ~ Noon, January 31, 2015

Zion Mennonite Church Hubbard, Oregon

Welcome and Prayer ~ Gloria Nussbaum

Lunch ~ prepared by Von Hershberger & Trish Handrich

Guest Speaker ~ Marisabel Gouverneur  “The ‘M’ People

Fund Raising Appeal ~ Pat Hershberger

Business Meeting ~ Jerry Barkman Board President

Video recordings: Guest Speaker ~ “The ‘M’ People” | Fund Raising Appeal
Audio recordings: Guest Speaker | Fund Appeal | Business Meeting | Closing Comments
Photo Album | slide show

Events from Previous Years

Date/Event:Description:
July 6, 2014
Shirley Hershey Showalter visit
On the evening of July 6, 2014, Shirley Hershey Showalter shared from her recent memoir, "Blush, A Mennonite Girl Meets the Glittering World" at Pacific Northwest Mennonite Historical Society near Hubbard, Oregon. She was accompanied by her husband Stuart, this was one of 5 stops on their Pacific Northwest tour.
Photo Album | Video Recording | Audio Recording
March 30, 2014 program
Spring Meeting at Albany Mennonite Church
Drift Creek Camp: Thanks for the Memories
Lyn and Jeanne Hershey, former camp directors
Elvon Kauffman, former camp music director
Glen and Lois Oesch, former camp directors and present cooks
Seth and Brie Ediger, former camp hosts
Merv Kropf, former summer camp director
Dave Detweiler, current board chair
this program reported in the Fall 2014 Newsletter
slide show
September 15, 2013 program
Fall Meeting at Albany Mennonite Church
History in the Kitchen: What Mennonite Cooking tells us about our past
audio recording
Prepared remarks: Melanie Springer Mock-Moderator Notes;
Judy Bacher: "I am Born and Raised Mennonite";
Related article: "The Kitchenhood of all Believers: A Journey into the Discourse of Mennonite Cookbooks", by Matthew Bailey-Dick
April 14, 2013
Spring Meeting Zion Mennonite Church
Elder Jacob A. Wiebe and the Formation of the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren - Church Presented by Jerry Barkman April 14, 2013, 2:30 p.m.
presentation printed in the Fall, 2013 Newsletter
September 16, 2012 program
Fall Meeting at Lebanon Mennonite Church
Tina Kauffman, of Albany, OR, will share stories from her new book, Immigrant Daughter, A monument to poverty.
audio recording
"The book is about my family's journey in 1925 from Russia to Canada where my younger sister and I were born. My parents and older siblings had been living well in a small Mennonite village in Ukraine until World War I when the Communist Revolution turned their world upside down" explained Tina.
April 22, 2012 program
Dedication: Ivan and Pearl Kropf Heritage Center at Zion Mennonite Church
Photos, Thank You Lists
Speaker: Hope Lind, "Building on our Heritage"
audio recording
March 18, 2012 program
Spring Meeting at Calvary Mennonite Church
Economical with the Truth: Swearing and Lying — An Anabaptist Perspective, by Alan and Eleanor Kreider [document]
September 18, 2011 program
Fall Meeting at Zion Mennonite Church
Speaker: Charlene Epp
audio recording
March 20, 2011 program
Spring Meeting at Salem Mennonite Church
Everyday Mysteries by Lee Snyder
presentation printed in the Fall 2011 newsletter
September 19, 2010 program
Fall Meeting at Zion Mennonite Church
Common Threads: Anabaptist and African American Songs and Stories of Suffering and Hope - Tony Brown, John Sharp & Ken Rogers
presentation printed in the Spring 2011 newsletter
March 14, 2010 program
Spring Meeting at Albany Mennonite Church
Writing Against the Old Lie: Mennonite Objectors and the Great War, by Melanie Springer Mock
audio recording
September 20, 2009 program
Fall Meeting at Salem Mennonite Church
Indian Cove Mennonite Church History: The story of Indian Cove by Ivan D Snyder
audio recording
March 15, 2009 program
Spring Meeting at Zion Mennonite Church
DNA Testing, Dr. Tim Janzen
audio recording
October 19, 2008 program
Fall Meeting at Western Mennonite Church
Plucking Mystic Chords of Memory: Historian as Miser, Musician and Evangelist by John Sharp author and history professor at Hesston College
April 6, 2008 program
Spring Meeting at Zion Mennonite Church
A Heritage of Hymns in Pacific Northwest Congregations, Mary K. Oyer
audio recording
October 21, 2007 program
Fall Meeting at Albany Mennonite Church
A Visit to the Ukraine by Jerry Barkman
March 25, 2007 program
Spring Meeting at Zion Mennonite Church
An Overview of the Beginnings of the Anabaptist Movement, John Ruth
audio recordings: Saturday, Sunday
March 24, 2007 program
Dinner Meeting at Zion Mennonite Church
A Contemporary tour of Anabaptist-related sites in Europe by John L. Ruth; a digital presentation.
September 17, 2006 program
Fall Meeting at Albany Mennonite Church
Mennonites & Democracy, What Shaped Us?, Jim Juhnke
March 19, 2006 program
Spring Meeting at Prince of Peace Community Church
Eileen & Harold Weaver, "History of the Firdale Congregation"
September 25, 2005 program
Fall Meeting at New Hope Mennonite Church
The Camping Program of the Portland Mennonite Mission, Margaret Shetler; Camping at White Branch, Audience Sharing; Drift Creek Camp, Larry & Mary Jane Eby
May 1, 2005 program
Spring Meeting at Albany Mennonite Church
John D. Roth, "How Stories Shape our Future"
September 19, 2004 program
Fall Meeting at Zion Mennonite Church
What Drew the Birky and Troyer Families West, Neil Birky & Christian Good Yoder
March 21, 2004 program
Spring Meeting at Sweet Home Mennonite Church
Opal Brubaker, History of the Sweet Home Church;
Don Emmert, History of the Emmert Family
September 14, 2003 program
Fall Meeting at Western Mennonite School
Mission Activities of Mennonites in the Northwest, Wilbert Shenk
March 23, 2003 program
Spring Meeting at Fairview Mennonite Church
History of Singing in the Mennonite Church:
Our Published Musical Heritage: A Brief Look at Various Songbooks Published by the Mennonite Publishing House, Merlin Aeschliman
Mose Hostetler and Singing Schools, a paper prepared by Edward Kenagy
September 28-9, 2002 program
Fall Meeting at Zion Mennonite Church
Featuring the MCC PAX Program
The Story Behind PAX, Cal Redekop
The Impact of PAX on the Church and the World, Cal Redekop
The PAX Legacy and What's Next - PAX II, Cal Redekop
March 17, 2002 program
Spring Meeting at Albany Mennonite Church
Lead Kindly Light by Helen Grace Leisched. The story of the journey from the Ukraine during WW II and immigration to Canada.
September 23, 2001 program
Fall Meeting at Smyrna United Church of Christ
The Yoders of Yoder, Oregon and their Amish Connections:
Amish Roots in Pennsylvania and Illinois, James Grant Yoder
Life on the Prairie in Illinois and Missouri, Joel Daniels
The Promised Land - Yoder, Oregon, Muriel van Veen
March 18, 2001 program
Spring Meeting at Tangent Mennonite Church
A History of the Tangent Mennonite Church, by Paul Zehr
September 17, 2000 program
Fall Meeting at Lebanon Mennonite Church
The Life and Ministry of N. A. Lind, by Cliff Lind , Ethel Yoder & Opal Brubaker
March 19, 2000 program
Spring Meeting at Salem Mennonite Church
Historical Research and the Mennonite Experience in South Russia, Peggy Goertzen
September 19, 1999 program
Fall Meeting at Zion Mennonite Church
A Brief History of the Holderman People by Caleb Heppner
One Family's Roots by Agnes Becker
March 21, 1999 program
Spring Meeting at Albany Mennonite Church
Oregon Mennonites' Involvement in Hospital Work:
Salem Deaconess Hospital bu Lorraine Kauffman
Lebanon Community Hospital by Gene Kenagy
Dallas Hospital by Jerry Barkman
September 19, 1998 program
Fall Meeting at Salem Mennonite Church
Workshop and dinner meeting by C. J. Dyck:
Mennonites from Europe to America
Mennonites from Prussia/Russia
North American Mennonites: Where to Now?
March 15, 1998 program
Spring Meeting at Salem Mennonite Church
Panel discussion on the Great Depression: Richard Regier (leader), Katie Lind, Mary Belle Reiff, Wilbert Regier and Roy Kenagy
September 21, 1997 program
Fall Meeting at Kingwood Bible Church
From Crimea to Kansas: A Mennonite Pilgrimage by Jerry Barkman
March 16, 1997 program
Spring Meeting at Lebanon Mennonite Church
Lebanon Mennonite Church History by John Willems, Ike Kauffman, Mike Baker and Leslie Jensen
George Kauffman Family History by Jeanne Hershey
September 15, 1996 program
Fall Meeting at Grace Mennonite Church
Menno Simons by Tim Epp
Pacific District Conference by Vivian Schellenberg
Pacific Coast Conference by Margaret Shetler
March 17, 1996 program
Spring Meeting at Salem Mennonite Church
The History of Salem Mennonite Church by Beulah Fretz
Daniel B. Kauffman family history by Bernice Kauffman Yoder
September 17, 1995 program
Fall Meeting at Living Water Christian Assembly in Albany
"The History of Grace Mennonite Church" by Leon Widmer and "The Emmanuel Kenagy Family History" by Edward Kenagy
August 10, 1995
OMHGS Dinner Meeting at Albany Mennonite Church
Phenomenon of Mennonite Immigration in the American West During the Late 19th Century and Early 20th Century by Kevin Enns-Rempel
March 19, 1995 program
Spring Meeting at Zion Mennonite Church
The History of Bethel Mennonite Church near Canby by John Miller
The History of the Christian and Catherine (Rich) Roth Family by Milo and Martha Schultz
November 19, 1994
OMHGS Genealogy Workshop at Western Mennonite School
Beginning Your Research by Marjorie Nofziger
Computers and Genealogy by Robert Snyder
Stories Behind Your Stories by Melva Lloyd
September 18, 1994 program
Fall Meeting at Grace Brethren Church, Dallas
The History of Dallas Mennonite Brethren Church by Erma Neufeld
The G. J. Rempel Family History by Vivian Shellenberg
March 20, 1994 program
Spring Meeting at Portland Mennonite Church
History of the Portland Mennonite Church by Philip Hostetler
Chris Snyder Family History by Phyllis (Snyder) Miller
September 19, 1993 program
Fall Meeting at Zion Mennonite Church
The Amish of Clackamas County and Jonas K. Kauffman family by Beulah Fretz
The Isaac Miller Family history by Elizabeth Kennedy
June 22, 1993
Dinner Meeting at Albany Mennonite Church
Early Pennsylvania Connections with Oregon Mennonites by John L. Ruth
March 21, 1993 program
Spring Meeting at Sheridan Mennonite Church
History of the Sheridan Mennonite Congregation by Hazel Yoder
Shenk Family History by Wilma Nisley
October 31, 1992
OMHGS Genealogy Workshop at Western Mennonite School
Beginning Genealogy Search by Doris Yoder
Preserving Photos, Records and Artifacts by Edna Kennel
September 20, 1992 program
Fall Meeting at Albany Mennonite Church
World War I CO Remembrances by Amos Conrad
Introduction to Civilian Public Service by Luke Birky
Other CPS Camps by Clarence Hartzler
Other CPS Experiences by Lester Kropf, Frank Morris & John Fretz
CPS wives by Jeanne Roth
March 15, 1992 program
Spring Meeting at Calvary Mennonite Church, Aurora, Oregon
History of the Calvary Mennonite Church by Harold Yoder
Jacob Roth family history by Gloria Hostetler (written by Marjorie Nofziger)
September 15, 1991 program
Fall Meeting at Emanuel Bible Church, Salem, Oregon
The History of the Early C.B. Steiner Church by Hope K. Lind
The Heyerly Family History by Ron Heyerly
April 14, 1991 program
Spring Meeting at Plainview Mennonite Church
The History of Mennonite Congregation by Eldon Birky
Dan Kropf Family History by Arzalea Hostetler
October 14, 1990 program
Fall Meeting at Zion Mennonite Church
History of the Hopewell Congregation by Allen Schlabach
Mishler Family History by Melva Lloyd
May 20, 1990 program
Spring Meeting at Albany Mennonite Church
The History of the Albany Congregation by Jerry Brenneman
The Widmer Family History by Viola Kropf and Dan Widmer
October 22, 1989 program
Fall Meeting at Bethany Mennonite Church
History of the Oak Hill Mennonite Congregation in the Elmira Area, Viola Nisly
"The History of the Evers Family by Nancy Widmer
April 23, 1989 program
Spring Meeting at Grace Mennonite Church, Dallas, OR
The Zion-Grace Mennonite Church (Dallas) History by Vivian Shellenberg
The Bekker/Becker Family History by Erma Neufeld
October 30, 1988 program
Fall Meeting at Salem Mennonite Church
Fairview Mennonite Church History by Irvin Gerig
The Joseph Schrock (1852-1943) family History by Perry Schrock
April 24, 1988 program
Spring Meeting at Bethany Mennonite Church
Early History of the Zion Mennonite Church by Margaret Shetler
The Joseph Roth Family by Beulah Fretz