One-hundred years ago, the Amish and Mennonite people of America responded to drastic international events. The aftermath of World War I called for relief and reconstruction in Europe. In Russia, the World War was followed by civil war and the Bolshevik Revolution with its social and economic upset, and severe famine. Mennonite organizations responded to those needs with programs of relief and reconstruction.
By 1920, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) was founded in an effort toward Mennonite unified effort and efficiency. With the MCC centennial year approaching, the Casselman Historians are planning to recognize that milestone next year. But this is the year to note early Casselman Valley involvements in relief efforts that preceded MCC, that related to the founding of MCC and the earliest program of MCC in Russia
A significant contribution from the Casselman Valley to the international relief effort of the period was the involvement of one of its sons, Alvin J. Miller (1883-1981). He was overseas from 1919 to 1927, and that without home furlough. These eight years were an intense part of his ninety-seven years. His work included interaction with persons and communities in dire need, as well as negotiations with top government officials. His organizational umbrellas included the Society of Friends (Quaker), Red Cross, and, most extensively after its founding, MCC.
The program of the annual meeting of 2019 is in the planning stage with the purpose of seeing, through the experiences and writings of Alvin J. Miller, international relief efforts somehow related to the Casselman Valley. The meeting is scheduled for September 20, 21, 2019, at Grantsville, Maryland. See later issues of The Historian for further information.
Casselman Historians Annual Meeting (Friday & Saturday, Sept. 20 & 21, 2019) This is a free public meeting—all are welcome!
LOCATION: Maple Glen Mennonite Church, Grantsville, Maryland (one mile north on Dorsey Hotel Rd.) [See map with church location below]
74 Maple Glen Dr
Grantsville, MD 21536