Kevin Enns Rempel

Interim Director of Hiebert Library
Archivist
Hiebert Library
559-453-2225
kennsrem@fresno.edu
559-453-2124

What programs do you teach in?

History

Education

M.A., historic resources management, University of California, Riverside, 1984
B.A., history, Fresno Pacific College, 1982 - magna cum laude

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Scholarly Interests

Professional and Service Experience

  • Member, Fresno Audubon Society Board of Directors, 1999-present
  • Member, City of Fresno Historic Preservation Commission, 1996-2009
  • Member, Jackson Neighborhood Association Executive Committee, 1993-1995
  • Member, Beth Anne Harnish Memorial Lecture Committee, 1990-1992

Honors and Awards

  • Governor's Preservation Award, State of California, 2009
  • Preservation Design Award, California Preservation Foundation, 2008
  • President's Distinguished Service Award, Fresno Pacific University, 2007
  • Russell and Pat Fey Memorial Preservationist of the Year Award, City of Fresno, 2006
  • John Horsch Mennonite History Essay Contest winner, 1985

Professional Affiliations

American Library Association, 2010-present

Personal Experiences

Publications and Presentations

Edited volumes:

  • Architecture, Ethnicity and Historic Landscapes of California's San Joaquin Valley, edited by Karana Hattersley-Drayton, et al, published by Fresno: City of Fresno Planning and Development Department, 2008. (Winner of a 2008 Preservation Design Award from the California Preservation Foundation and a 2009 Governor's Preservation Award from the State of California)
  • For Everything a Season: Mennonite Brethren in North America, 1874-2002, edited with Paul Toews, published by Kindred Productions, 2002

Articles:

  • "What Might Dirk Have Done?" in Pacific Journal 4, 2009
  • "Churches That Died on the Vine: Short-lived California Mennonite Congregations" in California Mennonite Historical Society Bulletin no. 49, Summer 2008
  • "The City of Fresno: A Brief History of its Growth and Development" in Architecture, Ethnicity and Historic Landscapes of California's San Joaquin Valley, edited by Karana Hattersley-Drayton, et al., published by City of Fresno Planning and Development Department, 2008
  • "The Eucalyptus in California," in Architecture, Ethnicity and Historic Landscapes of California's San Joaquin Valley, edited by Karana Hattersley-Drayton, et al., published by City of Fresno Planning and Development Department, 2008
  • "Relief Sales: Doing Good, Having Fun" in Mennonite Weekly Review 86, April 14, 2008
  • "Health, Wealth, and Ministry: An Overview of Mennonite Presence in California" in Mennonite Historical Bulletin 68, July 2007
  • "Jane Marsh Parker & 'The Mennonite in Southern California'" in California Mennonite Historical Society Bulletin no. 47, Spring 2007
  • "Fresno Historic Overview," in Program for the Joint Meeting of the Northern and Southern California Chapters of the Society of Architectural Historians, Fresno, Calif., October 2004
  • "Always a Greener Pasture: Mennonite Settlement in Western North America, 1885-1940" in Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia 27, 2004
  • "Coming to North America: The Immigrants of the 1870s" in For Everything a Season: Mennonite Brethren in North America, 1874-2002, edited with Paul Toews, published by Kindred Productions, 2002
  • "Making a Home in the City: Mennonite Brethren Urbanization in California" in Bridging Troubled Waters: The Mennonite Brethren at Mid-Twentieth Century, edited by Paul Toews, in Perspectives on Mennonite Life and Thought, no. 9, published by Kindred Productions, 1995
  • "The Henry J. Martens Land Scheme" co-authored with Leland Harder in Anabaptist/Mennonite Faith and Economics, edited by Calvin Redekop, Victor A. Krahn and Samuel J. Steiner, published by University Press of America, 1993
  • "California In Their Own Words: First-hand Accounts of Early Mennonite Life in the Golden State" in California Mennonite Historical Society Bulletin no. 29, October 1993
  • "A Merger That Never Was: The Conference of Evangelical Mennonites, 1953-1962" in Mennonite Life 48, no. 1, 1993
  • "They Came From Many Places: Sources of Mennonite Migration to California, 1887-1939" in California Mennonite Historical Society Bulletin no. 28, May 1993
  • "From Russia With Pedagogy: The Origins of a Mennonite Educational Program in Reedley" in California Mennonite Historical Society Bulletin no. 27, November 1992
  • "In Search of the 'Greatest Mennonite Settlement': The Career of Julius Siemens" in California Mennonite Historical Society Bulletin no. 26, April 1992
  • "The Mennonite Sanitarium at Alta Loma, California: 1914-1923" in California Mennonite Historical Society Bulletin no. 25, November 1991
  • "The Eymanns: Reedley's 'First Mennonite Family'" in California Mennonite Historical Society Bulletin no. 24, April 1991
  • "Many Roads to the San Joaquin Valley: Sources of Mennonite Settlement in the Reedley/Dinuba Area" in California Mennonite Historical Society Bulletin no. 24, April 1991
  • "Interpretations of Evangelicalism: An Annotated Bibliography" in Direction 20, Spring 1991
  • "Dick, John R." and "Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches" in The Mennonite Encyclopedia V, published by Herald Press, 1990
  • "Brenneman, John M.," "Coffman, John S.," "Erb, Paul," "Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches," "General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches," and "Plockhoy, Pieter Cornelisz," in Dictionary of Christianity in America, published by Inter Varsity Press, 1990
  • "The Siberian Journey of M. B. Fast & Wilhelm P. Neufeld" in Mennonite Brethren Historical Society of the West Coast Bulletin no. 22, April 1990
  • "The West Coast Mennonite Relief Sale: The 'First' MCC Relief Sale" in Mennonite Brethren Historical Society of the West Coast Bulletin no. 22, April 1990
  • "Mennonites in the Escondido Valley" in Mennonite Brethren Historical Society of the West Coast Bulletin no. 21, December 1989
  • "The Giffen Mansion: Home of the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary" in Mennonite Brethren Historical Society of the West Coast Bulletin no. 21, December 1989
  • "The Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches and the Quest for Religious Identity" in Mennonite Quarterly Review 63, July 1989
  • "Pacific Bible Institute Once Owned an Architectural Treasure" in Mennonite Brethren Historical Society of the West Coast Bulletin no. 20, April 1989
  • "The Mennonite Settlement of Dos Palos" in Mennonite Brethren Historical Society of the West Coast Bulletin no. 19, April 1988
  • "The Pacific District Conference and CPS: A Reciprocal Relationship" in Mennonite Brethren Historical Society of the West Coast Bulletin no. 19, April 1988
  • "The Martyr's Mirror: A Message for all Time" in Mennonite Historical Society of the West Coast Bulletin no. 18, November 1987; reprinted in Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania Newsletter 15, March 1988
  • "A New Life in the West: Settlement and Colonization on the Pacific Coast" in 75 Years of Fellowship: Pacific District Conference of The Mennonite Brethren Churches, 1912-1987, edited by Esther Jost, et al., published by Fresno: Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, 1987
  • "A Conference Is Born: The Origins of the Pacific District Conference" in 75 Years of Fellowship: Pacific District Conference of The Mennonite Brethren Churches, 1912-1987, edited by Esther Jost, et al., published by Fresno: Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, 1987
  • "Origins of the Pacific District Conference" in Mennonite Brethren Historical Society of the West Coast Bulletin no. 17, April 1987
  • "The Paraguayan Diary of Helen Hiebert" in Mennonite Brethren Historical Society of the West Coast Bulletin no. 16, March 1986

Book reviews:

  • Review of First Nations and First Settlers in the Fraser Valley (1890-1960), edited by Harvey Neufeldt, Ruth Derksen Siemens and Robert Martens, in Mennonite Quarterly Review 80, 2006
  • Review of Saints and Sinners: The Kleine Gemeinde in Imperial Russia, 1812 to 1875, by Delbert F. Plett, in Mennonite Life 56, 2001 (http://www.bethelks.edu/mennonitelife/2001june/reviews.php)
  • Review of Leaving Anabaptism: From Evangelical Mennonite Brethren to Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches, by Calvin W. Redekop, in Mennonite Life 55, 2000 (http://www.bethelks.edu/mennonitelife/2000mar/reviews.html)
  • Review of American Mennonites and the Great War: 1914-1918, by Gerlof D. Homan, in Mennonite Life 51, 1996
  • Review of Remembering . . . Reaching, a Vision for Service: A Fifty Year History of Fresno Pacific College, by Joel A. Wiebe, in California Mennonite Historical Society Bulletin no. 31, December 1994
  • Review of Apart & Together: Mennonites in Oregon and Neighboring States, 1876-1976, by Hope Kauffman Lind, in Mennonite Quarterly Review 65, 1991
  • Review of Hungry, Thirsty, a Stranger: The MCC Experience, by Robert S. Kreider and Rachel Waltner Goossen, in Mennonite Life 44, December 1989
  • Review of The Black Mennonite Church in North America: 1886-1986, by Le Roy Bechler and The Hispanic Mennonite Church in North America: 1932-1982, by Rafael Falcón, in Mennonite Life 42, December 1987
  • Review of Where We Stand: Statements by Mennonites and Brethren in Christ in Canada, 1787-1982, edited by Bert Friesen, in Direction 16, Fall 1987

Papers presented:

  • "The City of Fresno: Images of its Growth and Development," annual presentation to Leadership Fresno in Fresno, California, 1999-2010
  • "'Missing the Point': The Development of Mennonite Brethren Church Architecture in North America, 1880-1960," paper presented to the California Mennonite Historical Society Annual Meeting in Fresno, California, 19 April 2009; also presented to the Golden Gate Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia in Redwood City, California, 19 September 2010
  • "The Architecture of Fig Garden: Where Tradition and the Modern Meet," presentation to the Fresno City & County Historical Society Home Tour in Fresno, California, 19 May 2007
  • "Always a Greener Pasture: Mennonite Settlement in Western North America, 1885-1940," paper presented to the Oregon Mennonite Historical Society in Albany, Oregon, 10 August 1995; revised versions of this paper were presented to The Conference on Faith and History (Far West Chapter) in Fresno, California, 6 March 2000, and the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Annual Convention in Modesto, California, 8 July 2004
  • "The California Bungalow: More Than Just a House Style," presentation to the Fresno City & County Historical Society Home Tour in Fresno, California, 15 May 2004
  • "In Search of Health and Land: Mennonite Settlement in California, 1887-1940," paper presented at the annual meeting of the California Historical Society in Sacramento, California, 17-19 September 1992; revised versions of this paper were presented to the Fresno Corral of Westerners in Fresno, California, 16 April 2003, and PEO International in Fresno, California, 23 January 2004
  • "Making a Home in the City: Mennonite Brethren Urbanization in California, 1895-1960," paper presented at the symposium "North American Mennonite Brethren at Mid-Century (1940-1960)" in Fresno, California, 4-6 February 1993
  • Co-authored with Leland Harder, "Mennonites in the Reedley & Dinuba Area: The Original Settlements (The Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church)," paper presented to the annual meeting of the California Mennonite Historical Society in Reedley, California, 20 April 1991
  • "The Mennonite Land Company: Benevolent Resettlement, Free Enterprise or Malicious Fraud?" paper presented at the conference "Mennonites and Economics: Breaking the Silence" in Waterloo, Ontario, 24-29 May 1990

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