The summer issue of Preservings was recently mailed to subscribers. Titled “Encounters & Connections,” it features stories of crossings of cultural boundaries between Mennonites and non-Mennonites, from the Bartsch brothers who as Bible salesmen encountered Muslims in Central Asia, to the “English” lawyer J. B. McLaren who acted on behalf of Mennonites in negotiations with the Canadian government in western Canada, to Ernie Braun’s story of a German POW in southern Manitoba who shared his name. Among other items, the issue also contains stories on the terrible effects of the 1919 pandemic in Saskatchewan, the early life of Winnipeg Communist city councillor Jacob Penner, and an account of a return visit to the Molotschna colony in 1908.
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