Collection NS12-01 - It's News To Me! produced and directed by Gareth Neufeld

Carrying boxes down stairs Sam Steiner pulling a book off the library shelf Ken Reddig and patron looking in an archives box Ledgers on the shelf with archival reference numbers University of Waterloo Ken Reddig and Henry Visch at the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies Mennonite Periodicals Reporter working on a type writer It's news to me!  Telephone beside window Archivist Ken Reddig holding a newspaper and talking to Henry Visch Mennonite newspaper Archivists Dennis Stoesz and Bev Suderman Benjamin Eby ledger title page Archivist Dennis Stoesz in the MHC vault Ken Reddig holding a vinyl record
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It's News To Me! produced and directed by Gareth Neufeld


  • 1986 (Creation)

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132 slides [and 1 audio cassette]

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The Mennonite Historical Society of Canada (MHSC) was established in 1966 to sponsor the writing of a history of the Mennonites in Canada. MHSC is composed of board members from provincially-based Mennonite historical societies, Mennonite denominational conferences, and Mennonite Central Committee Canada. Other Mennonite institutions such as the Chair of Mennonite Studies, University of Winnipeg, have also actively participated.

MHSC published a 3-volume history of Mennonites in Canada between 1974 and 1996, began the Canadian Mennonite Encyclopedia On-line in 1996 (later known as Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online), and organized a multi-year project to address gaps in the historical research under "Divergent Voices of Canadian Mennonites starting in 1999.

Presidents of the MHSC were J. Winfield Fretz (1968-1975), Ted D. Regehr (1975-1981), Ted E. Friesen (1981-1996), Royden Loewen (1996-2004), Ken Reddig (2004-2008), Sam Steiner (2008-2012), Lucille Marr (2012-2016), Richard Thiessen (2016-2018), Royden Loewen (2018), Laureen Harder-Gissing (2018-.

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This is a audio-visual presentation commissioned the three major Mennonite archives in Ontario -- Mennonite Archives of Ontario, Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies and Mennonite Heritage Centre. The 17-minute presentation consisted of slides and a cassette recording, designed to both promote the archival institutions and to educate the public about the work of an archives. It starred a snoopy reporter who stumbles upon the Mennonite Heritage Centre, and realizing a good story when he sees one, seeks out the other two major archives in the Canadian Mennonite world.
Using shots from all three archives and featuring the real-life staff of the three archives as well as their researchers, writers/photographers Gareth Neufeld and Allan Siebert developed an entertaining and informative look at the world of an archives. (See Mennonite Historian, June 1986, p. 4.)

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