CMBS annual dinner and tour is April 28

Tabor College’s Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies will host its annual dinner and heritage tour Saturday, April 28.

The tour will begin at 11:45 a.m. and the dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Presidential Heritage Lobby of the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts.

The tour will begin at the Historic Church on the Tabor campus and visit other historic sites in Marion County, including Gnadenau, Ebenfeld, the Hillsboro Mennonite Breth­ren first baptismal site and more.

The event’s keynote speaker, Keith Sprunger, professor of history at Bethel College, will focus on Men­no­nite architecture.

His presentation, “Tabor College in the Architectural History of Kansas,” will showcase his research and insights into historic architecture in Kansas, especially Mennonite architecture.

Tabor has a rich heritage for which CMBS holds the records for the Mennonite Brethren denomination that founded Tabor.

“This is our time to celebrate the history of Menno­nite Brethren and Tabor College,” said Peggy Goertzen, CMBS director at Tabor.

“Sprunger is well versed in the architectural history. We are looking forward to this event.”

The cost of the morning tour is $35 and includes a faspa lunch; the cost of the dinner event is $18. Reserva­tions are due April 23.

Special offers of the CMBS Newsletter and the Tabor College centennial history book, “A Century of Transformation,” will be available.

For reservations and more information, contact Peggy Goertzen at or (620) 947-3121 x 1211/1212.

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