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Camp Ebenezer (Holmes Co., Ohio)  Photographs, 1947-1950

By Colleen McFarland

Collection Overview

Title: Camp Ebenezer (Holmes Co., Ohio)  Photographs, 1947-1950

ID: HM4/110

Creator: Nauraine, Tillie Yoder (1920-2010)

Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Flat

Date Acquired: 05/09/1964

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Over 70 black and white photographic prints depicting life and work at Camp Ebenezer, a Mennonite fresh air camp for urban African American children.

Biographical Note

Tillie Yoder Nauraine was born in 1920 to Amish parents near Kokomo, Indiana.  She was the third of seven children.  She left home at age 21 to pursue an education, studying at a private Mennonite school in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Hesston College, and Goshen College. 

As a young woman, she was instrumental in founding Camp Ebenezer, a summer camp for poor African American children from Chicago.  The camp was located on her father's farm, and Voluntary Service provided four staff members.

She met her husband, Joe Nauraine, at Goshen College, and they married in 1952.

Together they moved to Puerto Rico and worked at a children's home. for five years.  They returned to Indiana, where her husband received an M.A. in social work. They later moved to Iowa, where they both held social worker positions.  They had four children together. Joe Nauraine died in 1975.

In 1985, Tillie Yoder Nauraine returned to Northern Indiana and opened a doll shop, in which she hand-made dolls, many of her own creation.  She died in 2010 in Goshen, Indiana.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 green box

Access Restrictions: This collection is open to the public.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.

Acquisition Source: Tillie Yoder, Acc. 1564

Original/Copies Note: About half of the photographs have been digitized and may be viewed here: For more information please see http://www.flickr.com/photos/mennonitechurchusa-archives/sets/72157624610013420/.

Related Materials: Tillie Yoder Nauraine Papers, 1947-2008.  HM1-318.  Mennonite Church USA Archives. Elkhart, Indiana.

Preferred Citation: Camp Ebenezer (Holmes Co., Ohio) Photographs, 1947-1950.  HM4-110.  Mennonite Church USA Archives. Elkhart, Indiana.

Box and Folder Listing

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