Mennonite Mirror (Periodical)

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Mennonite Mirror, Vol. 1, no. 1 (September 1971)

Mennonite Mirror was a 32 page black-and-white magazine, 10 issues per year, 21 x 28 cm in size. It began publication in September 1971, with vol.1, no 1 and ceased in June/July 1991 with vol. 20, no.10. Until October 1975 the publisher was Brock Publishing Ltd. of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Then Mennonite Mirror began to be published by the Mennonite Literary Society Inc. Initially annual subscriptions were $2.50; they rose to $20.00. Most of the content was in English but each issue contained some German and occasionally material in Mennonite-style Low German. Circulation reached 6,000. The president and editor was Roy Vogt of the University of Manitoba. Al Reimer became editor in October 1978; he was succeeded in June 1987 by Ruth Vogt. The managing editor was Edward L. Unrau. The Mennonite Mirror earned most of its revenue from advertising,  and paid modest fees to its writers.

The primary foci were the literary, cultural and artistic endeavors of Mennonites in Manitoba, though it described itself as an inter-Mennonite news periodical for Winnipeg and Manitoba. The periodical contained numerous illustrations, book and film reviews, personal stories, biographies, announcements, historical notes, poetry and short stories. Even the advertisements provided a wealth of information on the Mennonite business culture in Manitoba. Mennonite Mirror emerged at a time when many writers identified themselves as representatives of identifiable cultural or ethnic groups. Thus many in Manitoba were proud to be identified as Mennonite writers, and their writing frequently focused on Mennonite culture, faith or language. It was also a time when the Canadian government promoted the multicultural makeup of the country. Southern Manitoba contained many Mennonite educational institutions, numerous Mennonites in professional occupations and a large aggregation of intellectuals. Mennonite Mirror encouraged these and other literary and cultural forces, and became a successful and widely read periodical.

September 1977 issue of Mennonite Mirror contained a six-year index.

Additional Information

The Mennonite Mirror is available in full-text on the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies website at

Author(s) Victor G Wiebe
Date Published February 2013

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