Category: 1930

‘An Experiment Like No Other’: Centennial historian Donald B. Kraybill reflects on six years of research

In 2011, esteemed author Donald B. Kraybill ’67 was commissioned to write a fresh history of Eastern Mennonite University. “We couldn’t imagine a better person to undertake this project,” said Provost Fred Kniss, in announcing the appointment. “Don brings a unique perspective as an EMU graduate, sociologist, theological and cultural interpreter, and prolific writer of … More

African American history at EMU: a timeline

“Diversify” is a one of four key goals of EMU’s strategic plan and a committee on diversity and inclusion plays a key role in campus life and decision making. However, the broader culture, country and our small community have much work to do to welcome all. This timeline shows the painful realities of exclusion that is part of the … More

Those famous Mennonite harmonies

Do They Have a Future? What makes the same hymn inspire one individual to heroism and lead another to boredom cannot be calculated. It has to do with the mysterious way in which song connects us to our past, our soul, our future, our Savior. And because God intended us to be different, our uniqueness … More

100 Years of the Arts at EMU

Students entering Eastern Mennonite University today may not realize that in their grandparents’ generation, this institution offered one option in terms of music. Singing. Usually in four-part harmony. A cappella only. Hymns. Until the late 20th century, Mennonites in this country tended to limit the arts to: (1) functionality, as in hand-crafted quilts for beds … More

Planetarium on Vesper Heights and in Suter Science Center exposes generations to starry skies

The planetarium at Eastern Mennonite University – for many of those whose history with the school predates 2007, the words bring up many emotions and fond memories, whether those memories are of the original building on Vesper Heights (also known as “The Hill”) or the M.T. Brackbill Planetarium in the Suter Science Center. In the … More

100 Years of Sustainability in Park View, from farm-grown food to LEED buildings

With thanks to Kenton Brubaker, Beryl and Mark Brubaker, Clair Mellinger, Eldon Kurtz, Jonathan Lantz-Trissel, Ed Lehman and LeRoy Troyer.   1917 The school opens in Assembly Park. 1920 The school adds the 103-acre Whitmore farm to the west. Farmer D. Stoner Krady, paid $80/month (as much as a faculty member), is employed to work … More

Goes around, comes around: EMU and Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community

In the first decades of the 20th century, simultaneous efforts arose with the Virginia Mennonite Conference to establish institutions that might sit like bookends at either end of our lives: a school and home for the elderly. The first bit came together relatively quickly, with the school we now know as EMU admitting its first … More