The Schürch Family Association of North America

Presenters and Workshop Leaders


Presenters for Open Sessions
Dave and Mary Lou Klassen on their work with MCC; Vern Sherk speaking on his attempts to save buildings significant to Sherk and Waterloo Region history; Justin Houser highlighting the Schürch database; Kara Klassen sharing of her work and travel around the world with MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates); and a few of our historians sharing the presence of codes C, E, N and H in the Waterloo region.

Seminars, Workshops and their Leaders
We have a variety of seminars and workshops (limited participation). These descriptions clarify the purpose of each:
Photograph organization and preservation: Carolyn McNeil will also give tips on sharing your digital images in photo albums.
Collecting: Norman McMullen and Kevin Dark have an amazing collection of rare and special British Royal Commemoratives. They will share how to start and organize a collection.
Writing your memoirs: Barb Weiler has written memoirs from her childhood days, published a children’s book, co-authored a book of poetry and gives workshops on writing memoirs. In her first session, she will address the importance of writing one’s memoirs, the audience to whom it is directed, how to begin and where to find resources. In the second session, she will get you started in the process of writing the first story in your Memoirs.
Time Travel: A tour of the Mennonite Archives of Ontario. What is an archives? What can archives reveal about family history? Join Archivist Laureen Harder-Gissing for a tour of the Mennonite Archives of Ontario, highlighting records related to Schürch family history.
Art Walk: From Imperial Russia to Waterloo County. Tour the art collection with Laureen Harder-Gissing.

The children’s program, Friday and Saturday mornings, is lead by TREE (The Ripple Effect Education), which organizes summer Peace Camps for kids at CGUC. The theme is “Through games and activities, learn that peace is possible.”

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What's New?

Reunion 2018 - Save the Date!
The next Schürch Reunion is being held in Lewisburg, PA - a location we have not used before.
The dates: July 27 - 29, 2018
NEW REUNION FORMAT - watch for details on Facebook and here.

Reunion Commemorative Issue on Sale

If you already receive the newsletter, then you should have received this special issue. If you do not have a subscription to the Schürch newsletter, then you can order a copy of this special issue, highlighting the reunion in 2016 in Waterloo, Ontario. Send your order to the correct treasurer and Cary, the editor, will send out a copy.

American Treasurer: Jack Sherick
49 Lovel Court, Apt C Nutley, NJ 07110

Canadian Treasurer: Laurine Mills
1750 Killaly St. E., Port Colborne, ON L3K 5V3

Newsletter Excerpts online
Go to the Newsletter menu.

Reunion 2016 is Over

Watch for photo updates on this site

Schürch Database is online!

The Schürch family database, in its most current form, is now online at two sites:
(This tree, at RootsWeb, is free for all to view.)
(For subscribers)

Updated Booklist on Site

An updated book list is on this site. In the menu across the top, look under Historical Committee, Research Resources, Books related to the Schürch Family

Schürch Photo Gallery is up and Running

For more information about this project go to Photo Gallery Project page in the menu.