SMCHA

Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association

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Origin of the SMCHA


Seventy-three families of Swiss Mennonites migrated in 1874 from Kotosufka, Volhynia, Russia. Most of them settled in McPherson and Harvey Counties in Central Kansas. SMCHA was formed in 1973 to plan for a Centennial Celebration in 1974. Following the Centennial the organization continued to function with these objectives:
  • To collect and disseminate information concerning the spiritual and cultural history of Anabaptists of Swiss origin.
  • Engage in dramatic and artistic activities to better understand our heritage.
  • Offer scholarships and research grants to qualifying college and seminary students.
  • To attempt to interpret and relate in a meaningful way the faith of our Mennonite forebears to the present and future generations.
  • Provide maintenance for the Centennial Monument, the 1943 Marker, and the Hopefield Cemetery.
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