Fonds CMBS Organizations Papers - Alberta Mennonite High School fonds

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Alberta Mennonite High School fonds

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CA CMBS CMBS Organizations Papers

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  • 1946-1966, 1982, 1996 (Creation)

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35 cm of textual records
25 photographs

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Education has been an important aspect of Mennonite life. In the mid 1920s, a large settlement of Mennonites, the majority of them Mennonite Brethren, began in the Coaldale area. They were concerned about the potential adverse effect of public education on their children and therefore the desire quickly grew to establish their own high school. The Mennonite Brethren church in Coaldale, Alberta established the Mennonite Educational Society in the Spring of 1946 with the leadership of B.B. Janz. In the fall, the Alberta Mennonite High School opened with H. Thiessen as principal. Instruction was given to forty-two students in grades nine to twelve. In 1951, after grades seven and eight were added, enrolment rose to ninety. Although investments in buildings and salaries were low, immense financial strain was placed on the society's 100 members. Along with a chronic financial burden, the constituency's loyalty was split with the Coaldale Bible School. Eventually both institutions closed. The Alberta Mennonite High School closed its doors in 1964.

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The material in this collection has come to the archives at various times. Most of the yearbooks were added to the collection as they turned up in various used book collections. When the financial records and minutes were acquired by the Center is unclear, but before 1990. The 1947 - 1948 yearbook, photographs, and some correspondence came to the archives from Anne Kornelsen of Coaldale, Alberta on August 5, 1982, and early in January 2001. Some records came to the archives via Abe Dueck on October 8, 1996. The material was sent to him as an alumnist of the institution which he then donated to the Center. The material pertains to the institution's reunion held in Calgary August 30 - September 1, 1996.

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The records found in this collection consists of school yearbooks, graduation photographs, school reunion material, and some financial records and minutes.

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The accession nos. are: 1982-77, 1996-060, 2001-002.

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Some material in German

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