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MLA achieves $1 million for endowment to ensure stable future

Submitted by mzuercher on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 23:53
John Thiesen and Dale Schrag with the Erasmus Bible

It took a bit longer than expected, but the Mennonite Library and Archives achieved a major financial goal that helps stabilize its future.

At the end of February, John Thiesen, co-director of libraries at Bethel and archivist in the MLA, sent an e-mail letter to MLA supporters announcing completion of a $1 million goal for an endowment to support the MLA.

“In fact,” Thiesen said, “we now have $1,037,413 in hand for the endowment.”

Historians continue discussion of Bethel in the Sixties

Submitted by mzuercher on Mon, 02/10/2020 - 16:17
Jan Dick rings tolls the bell for the American dead during the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam in October 1969

The next Friends of the MLA program, on Saturday, Feb. 22, will look back at the impact of the 1960s on the college and the larger Newton community.

Keith L. Sprunger, Bethel professor emeritus of history, will facilitate the program “Remembering Bethel in the Sixties: A Turning Point?,” Feb. 22 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the college’s Mantz Library lounge (ground floor).

The ’60s turned out to be a time of great changes in American life – a decade some have even called “the 20th-century turning point.”

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