The Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association will hold its annual banquet Oct. 26 at Eden Mennonite Church, 401 18th Ave., Moundridge. The speaker for the program will be Dale Schrag of North Newton. The title of his message will be “Searching for a Usable Past.”

Schrag recently retired from a position as director of church relations and campus pastor at Bethel College, North Newton. Schrag graduated from Bethel College with a degree in history in 1969. After two years of voluntary service in Arvada, Colorado, he taught high school history for two years in McPherson. He served as a librarian in various capacities at Wichita State University, Wichita, for nine years.

He came to Bethel College in 1984 as director of libraries. In 1992 he was appointed director of marketing and church relations. From 1996-2002, he served part-time as secretary of the Higher Education Council of the General Conference Mennonite Church. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from Bethel, Schrag holds a master’s of library science from Indiana University, and a master of arts in history from Wichita State University. To the extent that he has any historical specialty, it would focus on the sixteenth-century Anabaptist movement. Dale lectures frequently in area churches on topics related to Anabaptism. Dale is married to Margaret Loewen. They are members of the Bethel College Mennonite Church. They have two adult children and seven grandchildren, all of whom live within twelve miles of North Newton.

The banquet meal will be served at 6 p.m. and will cost $20. Pay at the door. Reservations are required and must be made by contacting Barbara Stucky at 620-345-8367 or email by Oct. 19.