Fonds menn-15 - Alberta Mennonite Youth Organization fonds

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Alberta Mennonite Youth Organization fonds

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MENN menn-15

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  • 1944-1984 (Creation)
    Alberta Mennonite Youth Organization

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24 cm of textual material. -- 19 negatives.

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The Alberta Mennonite Youth Organization (AMYO) was founded in 1944 as an auxiliary of the Conference of Mennonites in Alberta (later Mennonite Church Alberta), with the motto "A United Mennonite Youth in Christ". The first following individuals made up the first executive: Abe Koop (chairman), David Janzen (secretary-treasurer), and D.P. Neufeld (member). Their activities focused on Youth Leader (newsletter, and later renamed Albera Mennonite Youth Organization Newsletter), summer vacation Bible school programming, a youth library, retreats, and a radio program. For a time in the mid 1960s, the AMYO was responsible for the provincial Song Festival (Sangerfest). Among the presidents of the AMYO were: Joe Neufeld (1953-1956), Henry Rempel (1957-1960), Walter Paetkau (1961-1962), Cornie Hildebrandt (1962-1963), Don Harder & Herb Janzen (1963-1964), Arnold Bergen (1965-1968), Rudy Janzen (1968-1969), Ed Dick (1969-1970), John Buhr (1971), Hartmut Janzen (1975). In 1976, the Conference of Mennonites in Alberta began to support the AMYO with a salaried youth worker, starting with Judy Harder.

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The records are an accumulation that were passed along from staff person to staff person and transferred to the Mennonite Church Alberta.

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The fonds consists of three series: A) Music Events, B) Other Events & Retreats, and C) Administration & Communication.

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Gift by Mennonite Church Alberta through Henry Goerzen, MCA Archivist, July 2002.


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For records related to Alberta Mennonite Youth Organization fonds, see Mennonite Church Alberta fonds and The Mennonite Conference of Alberta: A History of Its Churches and Institutions by C.L. Dick, 1980.

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Record No. Accession No. 2002.006<br><br>

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