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Historical Commission funds research initiatives

The Historical Commission of the U.S. and Canadian Mennonite Brethren Churches again offer two funded initiatives in 2014.

The Open Research Grant is $1,500 in support of research and publication relating to the history and contribution of Mennonite Brethren women. The grant is made possible by generous support from the Katie Funk Wiebe Fund. Applications are due Apr. 4.

The Summer Archival Internship is designed to give a college/seminary student practical experience working in an archive. The successful applicant for this one-of-a-kind internship will spend one week at the four Mennonite Brethren archival institutions in North America (Winnipeg; Hillsboro, Kan.; Fresno, Cal.; Abbotsford, B.C.), learning about archives and pursuing a self-directed project. Applications are due Feb. 3.

Amanda Bartel, 2013 archival intern, focused her individual research time on women missionaries to India. One of her discoveries was the pictured handkerchief from the Sunday school Christmas program in Helen Warkentin’s artifact box. The German text in Gothic script includes the date (1911) and Luke 2:14.

Visit www.mbhistory.org for criteria and application details or contact MB Historical Commission executive secretary Jon Isaak (jisaak@mbconf.ca).

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