Growing Family: Design & Desire in Mennonite Genealogy

Daniel and Marie Suter Steiner family tree

About the exhibit

Johann and Maria Janzen descendant chartGenealogists do not just uncover the past, they take active roles in shaping it. Designing a family tree may seem like a simple act, but this act requires choices and reflects deep desires for connection, identity and legitimacy.

Through paintings, photographs and original documents from the Mennonite Archives of Ontario, Growing Family takes the viewer through the ways in which Ontario Mennonites have used genealogy to remember the past, reconnect with the present, and hope for the future. These designs are at once uniquely personal and reflective of the universal longing for family.

What designs are we choosing and what desires are we expressing when we document our family pasts?

Viewing the exhibit

Isaac S. Cressman family treeGrowing Family is located in the Milton Good Library and Mennonite Archives of Ontario gallery on the 3rd floor of Conrad Grebel University College. Exhibit hours are the same as library hours.

The exhibit begins May 2019 and runs until May 2021. Admission is free; donations at the library desk are welcome.

Guided tours and additional programing are available upon request. To explore the possibilities of how the exhibit can be an enriching experience for your group, please contact the Archivist in advance.

Images are details from: Daniel and Marie (Suter) Steiner family tree, 1906; Johann "Hans" and Maria Janzen descendant chart, 1950s; Isaac S. Cressman family tree, 1960s.

Exhibit guide

This is a pdf of the printed self-guided tour available on site.

More about the exhibit

"New Grebel Exhibit Features Artistic Mennonite Family Trees," Woolwich Observer, May 23, 2019

Hours

Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Making an appointment with the archivist in advance is strongly recommended.

Contact

Mennonite Archives of Ontario
Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6

Phone: 519-885-0220 x24238

Email: marchive@uwaterloo.ca