About

Sam-2017I grew up in the home of a Mennonite pastor and school teacher. During the Vietnam War I became a draft resister and moved to Canada in 1968. I studied history and library science, served as Librarian and Archivist at Conrad Grebel University College (affiliated with the University of Waterloo) for almost 34 years, retiring in 2008. I am married to a retired Mennonite pastor.

I served as managing editor of the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO)(http://gameo.org) until the end of 2011. I continue as an Associate Managing Editor. My writing has related to Mennonite history, especially Ontario Mennonite history.

My earlier books are Vicarious Pioneer: The Life Of Jacob Y. Shantz  and Lead Us On: A History Of Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, 1945 1995 . I was also an editor of Mennonite Identity : Historical and Contemporary Perspectives and Anabaptist/Mennonite Faith and Economics . My current book is In Search of Promised Lands: a Religious History of Ontario Mennonites.

I am a Goodreads author, and am found on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedn.

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  1. I found a marriage cert. to a Georgia Beam Black Creek, Ontario to a E.Reid. G.Beam is a descendant of A.Beam. Do you want it? Just pick it up..free.For your history. Mike

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    • Thanks for the offer, but I don’t personally collect historical memorabilia. I would suggest checking with a local historical society or library that has a local history collection.

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