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MHSS Sponsoring Launch of 3 New Books

MHSS is sponsoring the launch of 3 new books. Three Saskatchewan Mennonite writers will publically launch their newly published books in the Fellowship Hall at Bethany Manor, in Saskatoon, on Sunday, February 22, at 2:30 pm.

Bob Wahl The Story of Saskatchewan School #99

Bob Wahl, who lives at Bethany Manor, has written about the oldest school district between Saskatoon and Prince Albert, namely, the Saskatchewan School #99, established in 1887, east of Warman, where he was a student. He has previously published some books.

Nettie Balzer - author of Raising Eight on 80 Raising Eight on 80

Nettie Balzer of Osler, author of Helena, a Peek into the Past, will launch Raising Eight on Eighty, which is the story of her parents, who raised 8 children on 80 acres.

Henry A. Friesen, Regina Johann Friesen of Poland and his Descendants

Henry A Friesen of Regina, will launch a family history book he has worked long and hard on; Johann Friesen of Poland and His Descendants - and Their Stories.

Invite your friends to come with you. You will be able to ask questions, buy signed copies of these books, and enjoy Faspa (afternoon tea and treats). There is no admission fee, however, the three authors will offer copies of their books for sale.

If you would like to help us spread the word, you may download and print this 3 Author Book Launch Poster. Make as many copies as you can post or hand out. Thank you very much!

Mennonite History Program
& Annual General Meeting

Two weeks after the book launch, MHSS will have their Mennonite History Program and Annual General Meeting on Friday evening, March 6, at 7:30 pm., and Saturday, March 7, starting at 9:30 am. This will be an outstanding two-day event.

Dr. John Friesen, a historian and professor, of Winnipeg, MB., will give talks on the arrival of the first waves of Mennonites to Manitoba in 1874.

Leonard Doell, local historian and MHSS Board Member

Leonard Doell, a well-known historian in the Saskatchewan Valley area, and a Board member of MHSS, will do a presentation on the arrival of the first waves of Mennonites from Manitoba, and elsewhere, to that area of the North West Territories in 1895, which became the province of Saskatchewan in 1905.

On the Friday night there will be special music from a Women's Group from the Warman Bergthaler Mennonite Church.


Saturday morning will begin with the Annual business meeting of the MHSS society at 9:30 am., followed by another session with Dr. John Friesen speaking at 11:15 am. A light lunch is served at noon for a nominal fee.

Leonard Doell will present the arrival of our own ancestors to this area in Saskatchewan, starting at 1:30 pm in the afternoon.

Plan to attend these events at Bethany Manor, Saskatoon. You are welcome to bring friends.

If you would like to help publicize this event, you may download and print out this 2015- AGM Poster

Contact Jake Buhler - 306-244-1392 for more info.

Mennonite Historical Society of Saskatchewan

Room 900 - 110 La Ronge Road,
Saskatoon, SK, S7K 7H8
Archive Hours: Monday: 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 1:30-4:00 p.m. & 7:00-9:00 p.m.