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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, 2004.010 filed at 2002.022, 2015.003 (filed separately)
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. Bergthal Mennonite Church
Henry Goerzen served as archivist of Mennonite Church, Alberta, the Bergthal Mennonite Church, and also wrote and about and created his own collection of material related to the history of the Bergthal Mennonite Church.  Some material was donated as part of Accession 2002-022 and then, more recently, additional material pertaining to the Bergthal Mennonite Church, was received as part of Accessuion 2015.003It was not always evident how specific files were created.  Church minutes, annual reports and bulletins were found in several places but have now been integrated to create a single, but still not entirely complete set of minutes, annual reports and bulletins.  They are listed here and also in the finding aid of the Bergthal Mennonite Church.

Accession 2015.003

B-1 Minutes and Annual Reports, 1994-2014
1-1 1994 Annual Report and Minutes
1-2 1995 Annual Report and Minutes
1-3 1996 Annual Report and Minutes
1-4 1997 Annual Report and Minutes
1-5 1998 Annual Report and Minutes
1-6 1999 Annual Report and Minutes
1-7 2000 Annual Report and Minutes
1-8 2001 Annual Report and Minutes
1-9 2002 Annual Report and Minutes
1-10 2003 Annual Report
1-11 2004 Annual Report and Minutes
1-12 2005 Annual Report
1-13 2006 Annual Report and Minutes
1-14 2007 Annual Report and Minutes
1-15 2008 Annual Report and Minutes
1-16 2009 Annual Report and Minutes
1-17 2010 Annual Report and Minutes
1-18 2011 Annual Report and Minutes
1-19 2012 Annual Report and Minutes
1-20 2013 Annual Report and Minutes
1-21 2014 Annual Report and Minutes

B-2  Items about Bergthal Mennonite Church written or edited by Henry Goerzen.
2-1 Bergthal Mennonite Church. 100th Anniversay Celebration “2003”
2-2 Seven short writings for the 100th anniversary book
1.
2-1 Four devotionals by Henry Goerzen
1. Seed Blessing: The Farmer and the Seed, undated, typewritten.
2. Devotional: Canadian Conference Nominating Committee, undated, typewritten.
3. Longing for the Lord, undated, typewritten
4. Repentance and Confession, undated, typewritten
2-2 Short writings 1-10 about the Bergthal Mennonite Church by Henry Goerzen.
1. Bergthal Mennonite Church – 1 page [c. 2005], typewritten
2. Introoducing Bergthal  – 3 pages [2011], typewritten
3. Story of Bergthal Mennonite Church – 12 page first handwritten draft and 8 page typed copy, undated.
4. Bergthal Mennonite Church, 1900-1920: Society-anthropology-relitious-agriculture, 5 Pages [1999], typewritten
5. Bergthal Church historic data, 2 pages, undated, handwritten
6. Bergthal in Broad Strokes, 4 pages, 2012, typewritten
7. Historical Insight Bergthal Church and Mennonites in Alberta, 2 pages, 2007, typewrittenn
8. Shaping Bergthal Mennonite Church, 2 pages, undated, typewritten
9. From the diary of Bergthal Mennonite Church, 1900-1920 (Monologue) 3 pages, undated, typewritten
10. Observations on Assessments on Bergthal Mennonite Church, 1 page, undated, typewritten.
2-3 Short writings 11-20 about the Bergthal Mennonite Church by Henry Goerzen
11. Youth and Yugend Verein, 3 pages, undated, typewritten
12. Bergthal Men, 2 drafts, one incomplete, 3 pages, [2003], typewritten
13. Bergthal folk from a variety of Mennonite backgrounds, 3 pages, undated, handwritten
14. Sommerfelder Connections, 4 pages, 1992, handwritten
15. The Sommerfelder, Interview with Dick Neufeld, 1 page, 1992, typewritten
15. Three Anabaptist Streams,2 pages, undated, typewritten
16. The Charismatic’s: The Holy Spirit allows people to explore, 4 pages, handwritten, undated
17. The Charismatics in Bergthal, 2 pages, typewritten, undated
18. Bergthal’s Journey Onward, 3 pages, typewritten, undated
19. The Arts and Bergthal Mennonite Church, 11 pages, 1995, handwritten
20. The Mennonite Community and the arts, Newpaper article in The Didsbury Review, 1 page, 5 April 2005
2-4 Short writings 21-31 about Bergthal Mennonite Church by Henry Goerzen
21. Bergthal Mennonite Church builds again, Newspaper article in the Carstairs Courier, 1 page, 6 March 2001.
22. Bergthal Mennonite Church. Typical Year Activity, 2005, 2 pages, handwritten.
23.  Proposal to calling Ruth Harder to Ministry, 1 page, handwritten, undated.
24. Bergthal historian report, 2007, 2 pages, handwritten.
25. Development Plan for presentation to Bergthal Menn. Church, 5 pages, undated, handwritten.
26. Historic on Funerals, 2012, 3 pages, handwritten.
27. Fees for Church use for Wedding and Funeral Services, 2 pages, handwritten and typed copy, 2002.
28. Pastoral assessment Response to Pastor Wiebe, 1998, 5 pages,handwritten
29. Testimony, Evaluation and Thanksgiving, 1977, 3 pages, typewritten
30. Bergthal Church Visioning, January 6-7. 2012, 2 pages, typewritten
31. Bergthal. Year in a day -2013, 2 pages, typewritten.

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 – 199
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
1-48 Harich, Alex, A study of the Mennonite Economic Contribution in Central Alberta, 1991
1-49  The Ministry of Wm. Pauls

Accession 2015.003

D. Bergthal Mennonite Church, 1956-2014

1-01 2003  Bishop Abraham Doerkson  1894 -1922   1903 -1922 in Didsbury 1903 – 1916
1-02  1901 – 1969 Social – Religious Structures 0f the Bergthal Mennonite Community Jacob Harder
-03  1956  Didsbury History  David W Braun
1-04 2003  Bergthal Menniniter Church  100 Anniversary History by Henry Goertzen
1-05 Henry Goerzen Writings and Report
1-06 Bergthal Menninite Church  Art Work
1-07  1995 Bergthal Mennonite Church Paul I Dyck  Papers and Correspondence
1-08 2003 Erna Goerzen 100 Anniversary Bergthal Mennonite Church Writings
1-09 2000 – 2003 Bergthal Turbulant Years
1-10 2003 Bergthal Mennonite Church 100 Anniversay Reports and Correspondence
1-11 1968 – 1991 Bergthal Mennonite Church Ststistical Reports for the General Conference and Canadian Conference

The files listed below are a merger of incomplete sets of Bergthal Mennnonite Church minutes and reports received from Henry Goerzen as records of the Bergthal Mennonite church, and Bergthal Mennonite Church minutes and reports which were part of own collection.  Duplicates have been discarded.  The files are listed as part of Accession 2015.003 in both the Henry Goerzen and the Bergthal Mennonite Church collections.
2-01 1903- 2001 Bergthal Mennonite Church Photographs
2-02 1060- 1073 Incorporation Land Ownership
2-03 Bergthal Mennonite Church Minuetes Books related to Sunday School
2-04 1927- 1955 Bergthal Mennonite Church Minutes of Meetings
2-05 1985-1999 Bergthal Mennonite Church Minutes and Annual Reports
2-06 2001 Bergthal Mennonite Church Minutes and Annual Reports
2-07 2002 Bergthal Mennoniute Church Minutes and Annual Reports
2-08 2003 Bergthal Mennonite Church Minutes and Annual Reports
2-09 2004 Bergthal Mennonite Church Minutes and Annual Reports
2-10 2005 Bergthal Mennonite Church Minutes and Annual Reports
2-11 2006 Bergthal Mennonite Church Minutes and Annual Reports
2-12 2007 Bergthal Mennonite Church Minutes and Annual Reports
2-13 2008 Bergthal Mennonite Church Minutes and Annual Reports
2-14 2009 Bergthal Mennonite Church Minutes and Annual Reports
2-15 2010 Bergthal Mennonite Church Minutes and annual Reports
2-16 2011 Bergthal Mennonite Church Minutes and Annual Reports
2-17 2012 Bergthal Mennonite Church Minutes and Annual Reports
2-18 2013 Bergthal Mennonite Church Minutes and Annual Reports
2-19 2014 Bergthal Mennonite Church Minutes and Annual Reports
2-20 1941- 1959 Bergthal Mennnonite Church Sunday School constitution
2-21 1969-2000 Bergthal Mennonite Church Constitution

 


 

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