Welcome to the second on-line issue of Mennonite Life. As before, we look forward to your feedback on this continuing experiment in Mennonite studies.

Last year’s 125th anniversary of the major Mennonite migration to the plains states and provinces of 1874 was commemorated in a rather low-key way, at least compared to the centennial of 1974. One public commemoration in Kansas was the annual meeting in August 1999 of the Swiss Mennonite Historical and Cultural Association of Moundridge. Rachel Waltner Goossen, who teaches U. S. history at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, presented these personal reflections at that meeting, describing the Swiss Volhynian immigration experience and arguing that knowing a particular story helps us understand others’ stories as well.