The Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission held its annual meetings in Fresno, California, June 8-9, 2012 and approved the development of several new grant programs. The programs will include an undergraduate student internship program and provide stipends for research on subjects related to Mennonite Brethren women.
Since its formation in 1969, the Commission has helped coordinate the collection, preservation, and cataloging of Mennonite Brethren conference archival records, in cooperation with a network of Mennonite Brethren archival centers. Recently, the Commission has been working to develop digital resources that help make the collections more widely accessible. This includes online versions of Mennonite Brethren history books which can soon be accessed at www.mbhistory.org, as well as contributions to the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO). They continue to review manuscripts for possible publication, and produce the quarterly Profiles series distributed to local congregations and available online.
Commission members are elected by the Canadian and U.S. Conferences of Mennonite Brethren Churches. They include Abe Dueck (Winnipeg, Man.), retiring chair, Ben Stobbe (Victoria, B.C.), completing term of service; Dora Dueck (Winnipeg, Man.), Peter Klassen (Fresno, Calif.), completing term of service; Don Isaac (Hillsboro, Kan.), and Valerie Rempel (Fresno, Calif.). Executive Secretary Andrew Dyck tendered his resignation due to his recent appointment by Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (Canada). Peter Klassen was a founding member of the Commission in 1969 and has served several significant stints as a Commission member.
-A MB Historical Commission News Release