This issue focuses on the Dutch and Flemish Mennonite stories as background to the formation of the conservatives within the Dutch, Prussian and Mennonite history. The Flemish Anabaptist movement forms the context for the origin of the conservative wing of Dutch Mennonites, and yet, relatively little is known about this rather large movement. Articles in this issue will hopefully begin to shed more light on this important segment of the story. A number of the articles in this issue were planned by Delbert Plett before his death. A few of the studies were earlier published in books or periodicals likely not seen by our readers.