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MHSA Archival Description Record

Namaka Gathering
Namaka gathering

Title and Physical Description
Henry D. Goerzen fonds. — 1906-2005. — 15 cm of textual records. — 1 3.5" disk

Biographical History
Henry D. Goerzen was born in Didsbury to David H. Goerzen to one of the earliest settling Russian Mennonite families in Alberta. Henry married Erna and they maintain a grain farm in the Didsbury area with the help of their son. Henry has been an avid historian for much of his life, spending over 25 years collecting Alberta Mennonite records, books and artifacts. This collection of materials, mostly on behalf of the Conference of Mennonites in Alberta, formed the base of the Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta resources, for which he was the first chairman. The MHSA records and books were moved to the MHSA Library & Archives in Calgary in summer 2001. When the Library & Archives were officially launched in October 2001, honorary memberships were awarded to Henry and Erna for their longstanding service to Mennonite history in Alberta.

Apart from farming, church life (Bergthal Mennonite Church), and historical interests, Henry has played an active role in many congregational, Mennonite Church Alberta, Mennonite Central Committee & other activities. He is also an artist who works in various media and a wide range of subjects.

Scope & Content
The fonds consists of three series: A) Namaka History, B) Short Writings, and C) Other Initiatives

Source of Supplied Title
Title based on the contents of the fonds

Source of Acquisition
Gift by Henry Goerzen

Access Restrictions
None

Finding Aids
See Files Inventory

Related Materials
For published copies of the manuscript, see Namaka 1925-2000: Celebrating God's Faithfulness from Generation to Generation,

Accruals
Expected

Notes
Accession 2002.022, 2002.020, 2004.010 filed at 2002.022
Last updated 30 Sep 2010 - Judith Rempel
Revised March 2012

Files Inventory

A. Namaka History. — 1985-2001. — 4.5 cm. of textual records. — 1 3.5" disk
This series consists of research notes, manuscript drafts, photographs and correspondence related to the development of a history book on the community of Namaka. Arranged by subject

1-1 Correcting Copy and Additions - 2000
1-2 Drafts - 2000
1-3 Namaka Files from Erna - 2000 [separated]
1-4 Namaka Photo File - 2000 [separated]
1-5 Notes for Book on Namaka - 2000
1-6 Orders - 2000-2001
1-7 Payments - 2000-2001
1-8 Print Ready Copy and Correspondence re Photo Permissions - 2000
1-9 Working Copies - Correspondence - 2000
1-10 Working Copies - Namaka: 1925-2000 - Celebrating God's Faithfulness - 2000

B. Short Writings. — 1906, [ca. 1955]-2005. — 9.5 cm. of textual records
This series consists of interviews, research notes, and short writings prepared or collected by Henry Goerzen. Arranged by author

1-11 Anonymous - Holdemann and the Arts - 1982, 1996-1997
1-12 Bauman, Amos - 1906
1-13 Braun, Malvin J. - Paul Voegtlin Memorial Service - 2004
1-14 Buhr, Joanna R. - Extract from Thesis: "Pursuit of a Vision: Persistence and Accommodation Among Coaldale Mennonites from the Mid-Nineteen Twenties to World War II" - 1986
1-15 Dueckman, J.H. - Martin Dueckman born 1802 - died 1869 married to Katharina Dueckman, nee Fast born 1815 - died February 25, 1898 - [1980s]
1-16 Enns, F - Schools: Neither Problem nor Answer - 1984
1-17 Friesen, Cornie - The Forgotten Churches - 1991
1-18 Friesen, Helen - Translation of Obituary for Dietrich Epp (1875-1955) - 1999
1-19 Glick, Millie - A School is Born - [1980s]
1-20 Goertzen, Peter - Cultural Change - 1969
1-21 Goerzen, Henry D. - Margaret (nee Wiebe) Wall Family History - 1987
1-22 Goerzen, Henry D. - Artwork for "Alternative Service for Peace" Book - 1991
1-23 Goerzen, Henry D. - Artwork for MHSA - 1999-2002
1-24 Goerzen, Henry D. - Castor Group - 1991
1-25 Goerzen, Henry D. - Didsbury Community Art Show - 2005
1-26 Goerzen, Henry D. - Jake Penner and Logging Experience - 1992
1-27 Goerzen, Henry D. - John Penner b. 1928 - 1989
1-28 Goerzen, Henry D. - The Sommerfelder Church - Interview of Dick Neufeld - 1992
1-29 Guengerich, Ruth and Mary - Albert M. Guengerich - 1993, 2002
1-30 Harder, Jacob D - Education - 1976-1978
1-45 Harich, Alex - A Study of the Mennonite Economic Contribution/Impact on Central Alberta - 1991
1-31 Heidebrecht, Herbert V. - Extract from Thesis: "Values of Mennonite Youth in Alberta" - 1973
1-32 Janz, J.B. and H.A. Wiens - Ahnen-Liste [Abram Wiens b 1896 and Anna Dickmann b 1897] - [1970s]
1-33 Kaehn, Michael A. - Correspondence and Clippings - 1974, 1988, 1998
1-34 Kaehn, Michael A. - Descendants of Andreas Tobias Koehn - 1998
1-35 Kaehn, Michael A. - Descendants of Juliana Schmidt - 1998
1-36 Letkeman, Peter - The Generation Gap (Talk Outline) - 1969
1-37 Penner, Hilda - Leave it to George [Loewen, b. 1937] - 1989
1-38 Peters, Ben - A True Story of a Grain Farmer in Northern Alberta - 1982
1-39 Ratzlaff, Reuben - Ratzlaff Family Information - [1950s]
1-40 Stauffer, Harry - Correspondence and Stories - 1987-1997
1-41 Stauffer, Harry - Northwest Mennonite Conference Congregational Vignettes - [1995]
1-42 Van Dyke, Edward W. - Extract from Thesis: "Blumenort: A Study of Persistence in a Sect" - 1972
1-43 Wiebe, J. - Die Wichtigkeit unsere Schulen im geistlichen Bau unsere Gemeinde - [1960s]
1-44 Wiebe, John and Elsie Translation of Forty Years by Lena Fast of Karaganda - 1987

C. Other Initiatives. — 1963-[ca. 2002]. — 1 cm. of textual records
This series consists of minutes, correspondence, etc., of Mennonite organizations Henry Goerzen participated in. Arranged by subject
1-45 Mennonite Central Committee (Alberta) Correspondence, Notes re Workshop on Christian Faith and Faming - 1986
1–46 Correspondence, minutes, etc. - 1963-1997. - Conference of Mennonites in Alberta Missions and Service Committee, Ministers and Deacons Committee, Rosthern Junior College, Songfest Committee
1–47 Didsbury Missionary Church, formerly Mennonite Brethren in Christ, Didsbury. – [Copied ca. 2002 (originally created 1991)]. – Sketches of the church in 1896, 1929, and 1960 by E.M. Archer

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