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Emmatal Fortbildungsschule was established as a Kansas Conference Mennonite (General Conference Mennonite) secondary school in 1882 and occupied an empty school of the Emmatal school district, Marion County. H. H. Ewert was the teacher. After the first year the school was transferred to Halstead where it was known as the Halstead Seminary, and in 1893 to Newton to continue as Bethel College. The Emmatal Fortbildungsschule, also called a “Zentralschule,” was the first attempt of the Mennonites of the prairie states and provinces to introduce secondary education.


Wedel, P. J. “Beginning of Secondary Education in Kansas,” Mennonite Life III (October 1948) 14 ff.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1956

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Krahn, Cornelius. "Emmatal Fortbildungsschule (Marion County, Kansas, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 23 Apr 2017.,_Kansas,_USA)&oldid=94505.

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Krahn, Cornelius. (1956). Emmatal Fortbildungsschule (Marion County, Kansas, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 April 2017, from,_Kansas,_USA)&oldid=94505.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 204. All rights reserved.

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