A peaceful evening drive home on the country roads.
Amish, History, Museum, Holmes County, Berlin, Ohio, Mennonite, Mural, Tour, Painting, Art, Tourist
The center was established in 1981 as the Mennonite Information Center. In 1989 the current facility was built on County Road 77 to adequately present the Behalt Cyclorama and provide the adequate support space for the Bookstore and Gift Shop. In 2002, the center officially adopted the present name to more accurately reflect our community and mission. Now in operation for more than 28 years, the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center annually receives visitors from all 50 states, most Canadian provinces, and from about 60 countries – from Australia to Zimbabwe.
A peaceful evening drive home on the country roads.
Have you visited our gift shop? ;)
Check out our special on these sweet little children’s books!
A beautiful Amish farm caught in the middle of this snowy day!
Behalt has dozens of old books displayed throughout AMHC, filled with history, and facts to satisfy your history seeking mind! 😆
This Bible displayed was brought to America by an Amish immigrant Johannes Holly in 1750, and had earlier been owned by Michael Shultz (Germany) back in 1662! That’s almost 350 years ago!
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If you know, you know.😂 On the bright side, it's the weekend, Happy Friday!
Immigrants Arriving in the New World
This style of painting is known as “Sgraffito” from the Italian word which means “to scratch.” This is an art technique that has been used in Europe since classical times, and was commonly used in Italy in the 16th century.
Completed by Heinz Gaugel in the late fall of 1993
Head over to VIZIT's page, follow the instructions on how to enter, and try for your chance to win a 2-person pass for touring the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center & a signed book- "Cathedrals, Castles, & Caves!"
Here is a giveaway just in time for Valentine’s Day. This is the perfect chance for you and your sweetheart to get away for a night and a day in Amish Country!
We are giving away another wonderful package for a trip to Berlin, Ohio. This gift packet includes a gift certificate for a one-night stay at the Berlin Grande Hotel (not available on Valentine's weekend), a gift certificate for 2 buffet dinners at Mrs Yoders Kitchen, a 2-person pass for touring the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center (also includes a signed book- Cathedrals, Castles, & Caves), and a $50.00 gift certificate to Lone Star Quilt Shop! For more details visit https://vizitplaces.com/holmes-county-oh/facebook-giveaway/
To enter, you must like our page and this post and leave a comment about what you would love to do in Amish Country. The contest ends on February 9th!
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Can you guess which state of the U.S you might find the Amish women wearing this type of hat? 😁
What intrigues you most about the Amish culture?
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There’s always something new to learn, you just got to look for it!
Find beauty in the simple things.
“Behalt,” from the German word “behalten,” meaning “to keep” or “to remember” is the mural that many have come to see here at AMHC.
Measuring 10’ tall x 265’ wide this mural tells the history of the Amish, Mennonites and Hutterites, and is located at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center.
If you’d like to read up on the history of the artist, Heinz Gaugel, you can read up on it at https://behalt.com/meet-heinz-gaugel/
From different years to different cultures, the veiling or bonnet plays a big part in the Amish Mennonite heritage. If your curious about the reasoning you can read up on it here at AMHC🤓
Please consider joining us. John is an engaging speaker and we will highlight the work of the Center. In addition, the Legacy Christian School ensemble will sing.
It is summer in Amish country! The warm days, and the rain we have had is creating a rich, verdant green countryside. Come on by and enjoy our world for a bit. We will be open on July 4 from 9-4 with the last tour of the day at 3:00 PM.
Our friends from Ohio Scenic Byways produced this wonderful look at our community. Thank you!
It's Drive Ohio Byways Month, and we are celebrating by taking a tour along the Amish Country Byway! The 160-mile Amish Country Byway boasts views of natural vistas along winding curves and over rolling hills. The Amish Country Byway offers experiences that many visitors enjoy over and over again. To plan your trip visit: transportation.ohio.gov/byways
Thursday May 30, is Ascension Day. This is a traditional Amish Holiday. Many places, including the Center, are not open in respect to our Amish employees and friends. We will reopen Friday with normal hours of operation. Enjoy the day!
Our Director, Marcus Yoder was interviewed about his book, "Cathedrals Castles, and Caves." To read the interview go to http://amishamerica.com/marcus-a-yoder-cathedrals-castles-and-caves-origins-of-the-anabaptist-faith/
Cathedrals, Castles, and Caves: The Origins of the Anabaptist Faith is the new book by Marcus A. Yoder. Marcus serves as Executive Director of the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center and the Ohio Amish Library.
Listen to a bit of what happened at our event on Tuesday night.
Ever wondered what singing sounds like in an Amish church? Listen below!
We are grateful for the "Friends of the Center" who make what we do enjoyable and good.
When visiting #BerlinOhio, have you been to the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center? It is also known as Behalt. This is a MUST see when visiting our area.
Behalt is a 10ft x 265ft oil-on-canvas painting (cyclorama) that illustrates the heritage of the Amish and Mennonite people and their Anabaptist beginnings in Zurich, Switzerland, to present day. Behalt means “to keep” or “remember.”
Marcus Yoder (the director), the tour guides, and the employees are all very knowledgeable and can answer all your questions. Local Amish and Mennonite guides will take you on a 30-minute tour, pointing out the highlights of the painting. Tours include a 15-minute video on the local plain community.
There is also a museum. The exhibits address some of the most commonly asked questions about the Amish and Mennonite way of life. The museum is free of charge. It features Amish apparel, a collection of rare Amish and Mennonite books, and local artifacts.
5798 County Road 77
Millersburg, OH 44654
(Yes, it’s a Millersburg address but it’s just about a mile from downtown Berlin)
For more Information on guided tours and rates visit
Disclaimer: They ask that you not take pictures of the Behalt painting to post on social media. I did get permission from the director to take and post just one picture for this post.
Would love to hear your reviews of the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center if you have been there.
Come join us for this event. We feel very privileged to have this opportunity.
BERLIN — An opportunity to see one of the great treasures of Amish heritage will be for one night at the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center on
We are grateful that the weather has warmed and spring has sprung! We are also appreciative for Easter and the significance of the Holy Day in the Christian tradition. Good Friday is a holiday that is celebrated in this community. If you are planning a visit to the community over this next week please check the places you wish to visit. Amish businesses and stores will be closed this Friday on Good Friday. Out of respect to our constituency we will be closed as well. We are open on Saturday from 9-5. Enjoy the Easter weekend.
It's a chilly late winter morning in Amish country, but spring is on the way. Soon we will see the rich green grass sprouting and before we know it, summer will be here.
Plan your visit to the area by calling us at 330-893-3192. We are open and giving tours. Stop by to learn more about the Amish and our local community.
Three hour Tours
Are you interested in history? Do you ever wish to know more about Amish and Mennonite History? The Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin, OH will offer an in-depth tour of the Behalt Mural. This three-hour journey back through time will help answer basic questions about the history of our people and will be narrated by several tour guides. It will be held on February 21 and March 21, 2019 beginning each evening at 6 PM. There is limited space so please call 330-893-3192 to make your reservations. Come and learn!
Update for Saturday January 19. Due to the inclement weather that is forecast and for the safety of our staff that needs to travel to be here, please phone the Center at 330-893-3192 to make sure we are here.
A Beautiful Winter day in Amish Country. This is a great time to visit us. There is less traffic and more opportunities to connect.
Downtown Berlin, Ohio, 1907, when standing in the middle of the street was considered safe! The brave fellow is the village blacksmith, John Dalbey, the tall guy is Manass Hostetler. This was the Jacob Miller store and burned down in 1918. Located close to where Boyd & Wurthmann's restaurant is today. Current restaurant patrons are asked not to attempt this feat! From a picture postcard send by Ruby Dalbey, John's niece.
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Art is a vital part of how we tell the story here at the Center. Our artist, Heinz Gaugel gave us a special gift with the Mural. He also painted other works. We are blessed to have been gifted several of these works in the last month. Special thanks to Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen, Ed and Fannie Erb-Miller, and another donor for this special exhibit.
If you have a favorite Heinz photo, or perhaps a section of the Mural, post below. we love to hear from you.
11.27 Giving Tuesday
Friday was Black Friday. Monday was Cyber Monday. Today is giving Tuesday. The Center is a nonprofit organization that depends on the generosity of our friends for a part of our income. A special challenge today. Give in increments of 11.27 (11.27 times 10 is 112.70 :)) You will get much more value than either Black Friday or Cyber Monday! And much more long-term satisfaction.
We are also looking for people to give monthly pledges of $11.27 or more. The best way to give is to visit our website at www.behalt.com and click the donate button at the top right of our home page, or you can send us your gift at 5798 CR 77 Millersburg, OH 55654.
This is especially important for us during the winter months. We want to be able to keep the quality staff we have even in the months when traffic is slower.
We can provide a receipt for your gift if you wish. Thanks so much and we pray that God will bless your generosity.
South Bunker Hill School CA 1914
This photo is from an old postcard at the Amish-Mennonite Heritage Library. The caption is from the Budget newspaper. Several of the students faces are slightly blurred, no doubt, excited, in anticipation of the giant picnic about to begin. This collection also contains Berlin Township's oldest known school records - the South Bunker Hill school ledger, 1857-1868. The school is open for tours. (great place for family photos inside or outside)
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Earliest Know Amish/Mennonite Selfie??
This well known photo shows Moses K. Troyer and crew building the Trail, Ohio schoolhouse in 1897. What is not well known are the names of the rest of the crew and how George S. Miller tied a string to the camera (visible in the photo) to take this selfie. George was the son of Samuel H. Miller, one time owner and editor of the Sugarcreek Budget newspaper and Walnut Creek Mennonite Minister. He was also the grandson of Dr. Abraham Mast, well know Walnut Creek Doctor and Minister at Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. George, in his 1974 book, "What Next", includes this photo and states he earned 75 cents per day building the school. The book may be viewed at the library at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center.
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A bit late, but it was a fun project. Plus it teaches students the value of community and giving. Thanks to the Sugarcreek Budget Newspaper for the great job.
To wrap up the past year of learning about history from Marcus Yoder, the executive director of the Amish Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin, students at Legacy Christian School put down their pens and pencils in favor of shovels and spades.
We believe that spring has sprung! come visit us at the Center and enjoy a beautiful time of year in Amish Country. Celebrate with us the release of our Executive Director Marcus Yoder's new book, "Cathedrals, Castles, and Caves: the Origin of the Anabaptist World." Email, or contact us by phone at 330-893-3192 ext. 2 and we will ship a signed copy to you for $19.99 plus $3.00 shipping payable by Credit card or paypal. The book was published by JPV Press and there is a short promo video where you can hear Marcus speak about his writing at www.jpvpress.com
Enjoy the beauty of spring!
We are approaching Easter! The Center will be closed on Good Friday to allow our staff the day with their families. We are open on Saturday.
Many businesses that have Amish employees, etc. will be closed or have limited hours. Happy Easter!
On this rainy Monday morning I remembered the sunrise last week. These pictures are all within sight of the Center. It was a beautiful morning.
Plan to attend. Should be a good and enjoyable evening. A full meal, good singers, and a great speaker.
We believe that the art found at the Center is unique and worth the visit. One piece of our art that is often missed is the art on the exterior of the building. Recently one of our visitors took a fantastic picture of this, and I was reminded of the value of what we have, and sometimes only view as siding on the building. What a gift.
The technique is called Sgraﬃto (from the Italian) [zɡrafˈﬁːto]. This is a technique produced by applying layers of plaster tinted in contrasting colors to a moistened surface. It is most often seen in small scale work like pottery. I have attached some pictures that reflect that level.
I have also attached a few other examples of this technique on buildings or large surfaces. It is beautiful. The planning and detail necessary for the right layer to be exposed is phenomenal.
In this case the artist, Heinz Gaugal, had a plasterer apply layers of color and then scratched through to the correct layer to produce the art. He could only do it in small sections because the plaster dried to rapidly. I believe that this is a masterpiece and many people simply drive or walk right by the work. So our invitation to you is to stop by and take some to reflect on immigration by viewing this masterpiece.
In the "business of history" and especially family histories, this is fascinating. Perhaps we should do more of this and collect the reports collaboratively to get a more complete picture of our families.
How Alice Collins Plebuch’s foray into “recreational genomics” upended a family tree.
5798 County Road 77
Admission for a 30 minute guided tour of Behalt: Adult $8.75 AAA/SR $7.85 Children 12/under $4.25. There is no fee to visit the museum and gift shop. We also offer a free 15 minute informative video. We also offer guided tours of the one room Schoolhouse and Pioneer Barn. Call for combo ticket information. While we have a Millersburg mailing address, we are located on CR77 about 1/2 mile south of Heini's Cheese
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