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Holdeman Mennonite Church (Wakarusa, Ind.) Records


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Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Official Church Records


Organization, Committee, and Club Records


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Holdeman Mennonite Church (Wakarusa, Ind.) Records, 1851-2018 | Mennonite Church USA Archives

By Colleen McFarland

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Collection Overview

Title: Holdeman Mennonite Church (Wakarusa, Ind.) Records, 1851-2018Add to your cart.

ID: III/14/005

Primary Creator: Holdeman Mennonite Church (Wakarusa, Ind)

Extent: 14.6 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: By series.

Date Acquired: 08/13/1951. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Holdeman Mennonite Church (Wakarusa, Ind.)

Forms of Material: Church records and registers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These records are divided into four series:

(1) Official Church Records

(2) Bulletins

(3) Committee, Organization, and Club Records

(4) Miscellaneous.

Biographical Note

The first settlers of the Holdeman Family arrived in Wakarusa (known then as Salem), Indiana in 1848.  Pastors from Yellow Creek Church conducted services in the George Holdeman home every four weeks.  In 1851, land was leased to construct the Holdeman Mennonite Church Meetinghouse.  That land was later purchased in 1854.  Because the Yellow Creek ministry continued to preside over services, the Holdeman congregation was considered part of Yellow Creek Church until 1875.

The first Sunday School was held at Holdeman in 1872, and ministers from inside the congregation were appointed from 1875 on. 

Holdeman Mennonite Church began holding revival meetings in 1894, organized a library in 1897, and hosted the first regular sessions of the Mennonite General Conference. 

In 1913, the frame meetinghouse was enlarged.  In 1922, Holdeman Mennonite Church held the first Summer Bible School, thought to be the first held by a Mennonite Church in the U.S.   By the late 1920s, the congregation sponsored both a Young People's Literary Society (1927) and a Sewing Circle (1929).

In 1936, the last lot was held for the selection of a minister (Warren Schaum).  In 1950, Simon Gingerich was voted to be the first paid minister.  The congregation built a new building from 1972-1974. 

Holdeman Mennonite Church is affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA.  It is not a congregation of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, also known as the Holdeman Mennonites.

Subject/Index Terms

Holdeman Mennonite Church (Wakarusa, Ind.)

Administrative Information

Repository: Mennonite Church USA Archives

Accruals: Lowell Nunnemaker, Acc. 2011-42.  Many previous additions have been made to these records.

Alternate Extent Statement: 4 records cartons, 4 archives boxes, 3 1/2 archives boxes

Access Restrictions: These materials are open to public research.

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

Preferred Citation: Holdeman Mennonite Church (Wakarusa, Ind.) Records, 1851-2018.  III-14-5.  Mennonite Church USA Archives. Elkhart, Indiana.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Official Church Records, 1851-2013],
[Series 2: Bulletins, 1951-2010],
[Series 3: Organization, Committee, and Club Records, 1927-1999],
[Series 4: Miscellaneous, 1924-2001],

Series 3: Organization, Committee, and Club Records, 1927-1999Add to your cart.
Records of organizations, committees, and clubs sponsored by the Congregation.  These include the Literary Society, the Sewing Circle, the Youth Fellowship, and the Building Committee, among others.  Extent:  1.4 linear feet.
Box 7: Young People's Bible Meeting; Literary Society Records, 1927-1957Add to your cart.
Box 8: Sewing Circle Records, 1929-1995Add to your cart.
Box 9: Church Building Committee Records, 1971-1974Add to your cart.
Box 10: Miscellaneous Records, 1949-1999Add to your cart.
Includes Mennonite Youth Fellowship, Women's Fellowship, Meal Serving Committee, Cradle Roll, Torchbearers, and Campout records.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Official Church Records, 1851-2013],
[Series 2: Bulletins, 1951-2010],
[Series 3: Organization, Committee, and Club Records, 1927-1999],
[Series 4: Miscellaneous, 1924-2001],

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