Mennonite Heritage Archives seeks input for collaborative 2020 Anabaptist storytelling project

September 11, 2020.

The Mennonite Heritage Archives (MHA) in Winnipeg is calling on Mennonites and Anabaptists to share their experiences during the remarkable historical, biological and social events of 2020 as part of Anabaptist History Today (AHT), a groundbreaking collaborative storytelling project.

The MHA is a partner in the project led by Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) Archives and Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, AHT is the first large-scale, collaborative digital project of its kind in the Anabaptist community. In total there are sixteen North American Anabaptist archives and history organizations participating.

It can take decades for stories to reach the archives but Anabaptist History Today uses crowd sourcing to capture stories happening today.  The easy to use online form allows anyone to upload their experiences from COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter to politics. AHT empowers the average person to create a lasting record that will be stored in the archives.

The MHA invites individuals, congregations, schools and organizations to tell their stories of living during these changing times. Contributors may share their experiences through a variety of media, including videos, audio recordings, photos, journal entries, artwork, poetry and personal reflections. An online form guides contributors through the process.

To learn more about the AHT project, visit

The Mennonite Heritage Archives has been collecting the story of the Mennonite community since 1933 and is supported by Mennonite Church Canada, Canadian Mennonite University, and the Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies.