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Mennonite Immigration Bureau was organized on 3 March 1916, at Newton, Kansas, to facilitate the anticipated immigration of Mennonites from Russia as soon as the cessation of hostilities in World War I would permit this. Founders of the Bureau were the ministers G. N. Harms, H. P. Krehbiel, P. H. Richert, Abraham Ratzlaff, and P. H. Unruh. G. N. Harms was president and H. P. Krehbiel was secretary. The Bureau carried on extensive correspondence with state and national officials, transportation companies and land companies to prepare the way for Mennonite settlers from Russia. This migration did not materialize in the early years following the war. When it did become possible to bring Mennonites to North America, the Mennonite Settlers Aid Society and the Mennonite Colonization Board undertook the implementation of the functions previously outlined by the Mennonite Immigration Bureau (H. P. Krehbiel Collection, in Bethel College Library).

Author(s) John F Schmidt
Date Published 1959

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Schmidt, John F. "Mennonite Immigration Bureau." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 28 Apr 2017.

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Schmidt, John F. (1959). Mennonite Immigration Bureau. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 April 2017, from

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1107. All rights reserved.

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