The Swiss Mennonite Cultural & Historical Association

Events:

2024 Upcoming Events:

  • Friday, May 31 – 5:00 p.m. Unveiling of Sculpture by Ann Zerger and Chip Parker in Moundridge
  • Saturday, June 1 – You may see the 150th sign on the Tractor/Wagon “float” in the Black Kettle parade in Moundridge
  • Saturday, June 1 – 2:00 p.m. Turkey Red Hard Winter Wheat Binding and Shock Building at the field west of the Moundridge Museum
  • June-August – Binding and Threshing Wheat
  • August 23-25 – Celebration of 150 years at Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge
  • Friday, August 23 – 7:00 p.m. Keynote Address by Dr. Wynn Goering and Singing, 150 Years of Schweitzer Mennonite Heritage – Dr. Austin McCabe Juhnke and Dr. William Eash
  • Saturday, August 24 – 8:00 a.m. Readers Theater, Seminars, Turkey Red Wheat Threshing and Milling at the Moundridge (wheat site west of the museum), Visit Mennonite Monument, Marker, and Hopefield Cemetery, Ethnic Supper by reservation at Eden, Mennonite Night Live: Schweitzers and Friends Edition
  • Sunday, August 25 – 9:30 a.m. Dr. Nathan Stucky will bring the message. Choir.

2024 Past Events:

  • Sunday, March 10 – 2:30 p.m. SMCHA Annual Meeting, Frank Stucky speaker, Pine Village, Moundridge KS
  • Monday, March 18 – 10:00-11:30 a.m. and 6:00-7:30 p.m., Genealogy Seminar, “Finding your Ancestors” with Jerry Juhnke at Pine Village Wellness Center, Moundridge. Topics: genealogy software, library resources, newspaper resources, church books, government resources and others. Appropriate for anyone wanting to do genealogy research.
  • Saturday, March 23-24 – March 23, Saturday, 7:00 p.m. and March 24, Sunday, 2:00 p.m. “Goodly Heritage” Historical Drama at Eden Mennonite Church. A musical depicting the history of the Swiss Volhynians. The drama seeks to explain the religious beliefs underlying the Anabaptist movement and the journey over centuries that brought this group to America. Written by Jenny Schrag along with Dawm Abrahams and Bonita Howard as choir director.

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  • Sunday, April 7 – 4:00 p.m. Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus Concert, Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas
  • Sunday, April 21 – 4:00 p.m. Professor Matt Cotton speaking on contemporary Ukraine at First Mennonite Church, McPherson, Kansas
  • May 4-5 – Saturday, May 4, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m. A Century of Mennonite Quilts at Pine Village Wellness Center, 86 22nd Ave., Moundridge, Kansas
  • Friday, May 10 – Watch for Schweitzers in the May Day Parade in McPherson
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Swiss Volhynian Recipe Book

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About Us

Centennial Memorial

The Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association (SMCHA) is a nonprofit organization comprising descendants of immigrant Mennonites who came to the USA in the 1870s from what is now the Ukraine. Their ancestors originated in Switzerland passing through many countries in Europe including France, Germany, Austria and Poland on their way to the Ukraine.

Major purposes of the SMCHA are to educate descendants of the Swiss Mennonites on the origin and culture of this group through various cultural events, research activities, maintenance of historic places, etc. There are several thousand of such descendants, many of them located in central Kansas, South Dakota, and other mid-western states.

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