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The History Seminar Series is a showcase of recent research, projects, and publications of faculty members in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg. Hosted by the Visiting Lecturer's Committee, the series goal is to share recent developments and build community both within the department and across disciplines. All are warmly welcomed and encouraged to attend. New lecturers that are hosted by the Oral History Centre will be advertised on our events page. Lectures that are made available online will be visible from this project page.

Horse and Buggy Genius: An Oral History

Presented by DR. ROYDEN LOEWEN - University of Winnipeg, Dept. of History. On Wednesday, November 19 at the Oral History Centre, Dr. Loewen presented a chapter of his latest work “Horse and Buggy Genius: An Oral History,” which traces migratory histories of Mennonite communities from around the world.

 

Royden Loewen is the Chair in Mennonite Studies and Professor of History. In that capacity he is also editor of the Journal of Mennonite Studies and director of the Mennonite History Graduate Fellowship Program. He is also series editor of the “Ethnicity and Culture History Series” at University of Manitoba Press. His research interests include: North American immigration history; North American rural history; Canadian ethnic history; 19th and 20th century history of Mennonites in the Americas. Loewen has been involved in several research projects where he visits Mennonite farm villages around the world. These projects revolve around environmental and migratory history of the villages in Mexico, Siberia, Bolivia, Kansas and Manitoba.

 

His publications include:

  • Village Among Nations: 'Canadian' Mennonites in a Transnational World, 1916-2006. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013
  • Seeking Places of Peace: North America; A Global Mennonite History, Intercourse PA: Good Books, 2012, co-authored by Steven Nolt
  • Immigrants in Prairie Cities: A History, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009, co-authored with Gerald Friesen (winner of the 2010 CHA Clio Prize for Prairie Canada)
  • Hidden Worlds: Revisiting the Mennonite Migrants of the 1870s, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press and Newton: Bethel College, 2001 (finalist for the Margaret McWilliams book prize)
  • Family, Church and Market: A Mennonite Community in the Old and the New Worlds, 1850-1930, Urbana: University Illinois Press and Toronto: University Toronto Press, 1993 (winner of the 1995 AHA/CHA Albert Corey Prize) Blumenort: A Mennonite Community in Transition, 1874-1983,
  • Blumenort: Blumenort Mennonite Historical Society, 1983 (finalist for the Margaret McWilliams Book Prize).

 

The History Seminar Series is a showcase of recent research, projects, and publications of faculty members in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg. Hosted by the Visiting Lecturers’ Committee, the series’ goal is to share recent developments and build community both within the department and across disciplines.

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“Horse and Buggy Genius: An Oral History”
Presented by DR. ROYDEN LOEWEN - University of Winnipeg, Dept. of History.

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  • Royden Loewen is the Chair in Mennonite Studies and Professor of History. In that capacity he is also editor of the Journal of Mennonite Studies and director of the Mennonite History Graduate Fellowship Program.