The annual historical meeting of the Casselman Historians is scheduled for Friday evening and Saturday, September 18 & 19, 2020, at Grantsville, Maryland. Specific place of meeting is to be announced.
This meeting will recognize 2020 as the centennial year of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and treat the involvement of the Casselman Valley Amish and Mennonite congregations in MCC programs in the decades that followed.
MCC was founded in 1920 in an effort toward Mennonite united effort and efficiency in relief ministries. MCC’s initial work was a response to needs in Russia related to World War I and, especially, the civil war in Russia known as the Bolshevik Revolution.
The ministries of MCC were vastly expanded in geography and scope throughout the twentieth century. A major category of involvement of the Casselman Valley people, in addition to monetary donations, was relief for war sufferers of World War II though the work of the sewing circles, meat and soup canning, and the Pax program of rebuilding in Europe.
Watch future issues of The Historian for information on topics, speakers, and place of meeting. In the meantime, mark your calendar for September 18 and 19.