Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society Engaging history to inspire memory, faith and hope
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FAMILY HISTORY RESOURCES. Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society contains one of the best genealogical research libraries in the state, with 3000 published genealogies, 2500 cemetery transcriptions, Lancaster County court and tax records, access to Ancestry.com and unique online and print databases containing more than 290,000 names. The Society hosts the annual Lancaster Family History Conference, now in its 33rd year. MUSEUM. The Historical Society museum is open during regular business hours. Admission is $5, with discounts for groups, seniors and children. The current exhibit, "Decorated and Plain: An Amish and Mennonite Sampler," offers a stunning selection of Pennsylvania German folk art, tools, clothing and furniture. EVENTS In collaboration with the 1719 Hans Herr House Museum, Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society hosts "Lancaster Roots," a year-long schedule of concerts, classes, festivals, field trips, lectures, exhibits and sales. Visit www.LancasterRoots.org for the complete calendar. BOOK SALES. Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society sells more than 40,000 used books at an annual outdoor "Bookworm Frolic" each August. Auctions of rare, used and out-of-print books are held six times a year. Phone and e-mail bids are accepted. The Book and Museum Store offers some of the region's best resources for Amish and Mennonite history, faith, art and culture. New and used books also can be purchased through the Society's website, www.lmhs.org. ARCHIVES & LIBRARY. The archives and 30,000-volume library is a research center for Pennsylvania Mennonite and Amish history and theology. It holds a significant collection of historical materials pertaining to south-central Pennsylvania, including photographs, fraktur and the records of two Mennonite conferences, as well as papers for hundreds of individuals and Mennonite congregations.

Family Tree Magazine
03/10/2020

Family Tree Magazine

A good reminder when researching immigrant ancestors!

Lancaster County & Mennonite Information Center mentioned in an Italian Vogue article!Original – vogue.it/fotografia/art...
02/27/2020

Lancaster County & Mennonite Information Center mentioned in an Italian Vogue article!

Original – vogue.it/fotografia/article/pennsylvania-viaggio

Translated - bit.ly/TranslatedArticle

Photo by © Clara Vannucci

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society's cover photo
02/27/2020

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society's cover photo

Interested in the Winter Workshop: Mennonite & Amish DNA Results presented by Darvin L. Martin, but unable to make it in...
02/26/2020

Interested in the Winter Workshop: Mennonite & Amish DNA Results presented by Darvin L. Martin, but unable to make it in person?

A live stream will be available! Watch from the comfort of your home.

Register now: http://bit.ly/liveDNA

#genealogy

Pre-registration for the Beginner PA German Dialect Classes ends tomorrow! Last chance to invest in yourself.The cost is...
02/24/2020
Beginner PA German Dialect Classes (March 5 - May 7)

Pre-registration for the Beginner PA German Dialect Classes ends tomorrow! Last chance to invest in yourself.

The cost is $115. Members receive their discount. Register at bit.ly/PAGermanDialect.

Explore a new skill by enrolling in Beginner PA German Dialect classes at Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. The class begins on March 5 at 7 pm and will continue every Thursday evening for ten weeks until May 7. The cost is $115. Members receive their discount. Instructor: Butch Riegart No ref...

Social Media Exclusive!WINTER BOOK FESTVolunteers will clear away the books this weekend. Take advantage of this windfal...
02/18/2020

Social Media Exclusive!

WINTER BOOK FEST

Volunteers will clear away the books this weekend. Take advantage of this windfall and shop during regular open hours. [8:30 am - 4:30 pm]

The WINTER BOOK FEST is here!Great crowds. Books are being replenished as they fly off the shelves!Today from 9 am to 7 ...
02/14/2020

The WINTER BOOK FEST is here!
Great crowds. Books are being replenished as they fly off the shelves!
Today from 9 am to 7 pm, tomorrow from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

Happy Valentine's Day!From our archives... homemade Valentines from the 1920s.
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day!

From our archives... homemade Valentines from the 1920s.

Our LMHS Database is actively being updated. This database now contains data on more than 130,000 people!Access to the d...
02/13/2020
Online Resources | Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

Our LMHS Database is actively being updated. This database now contains data on more than 130,000 people!

Access to the databases is restricted to members of the Historical Society.

To access the LMHS database, as well as our other online resources, visit www.lmhs.org/research/online-resources.

To become a member of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, visit www.lmhs.org/membership or call us at (717) 393-9745.

#Genealogy

Online Resources   Introduction to Online Resources In an attempt to meet the needs of our constituents–especially those who live at a distance from Lancaster–we have begun the process of making certain library and archival resources available electronically through our website. Some of these r...

A book lover's dream!Winter Book Fest starts tomorrow. More info at bit.ly/WinterBookFest.
02/12/2020

A book lover's dream!

Winter Book Fest starts tomorrow. More info at bit.ly/WinterBookFest.

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02/10/2020

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society's cover photo

One more day until Annual Music Night!$30, with complimentary admission for children under 12. Purchase tickets online a...
02/07/2020

One more day until Annual Music Night!

$30, with complimentary admission for children under 12. Purchase tickets online at bit.ly/LMHSMusicNight.

Or pay cash at the door.

We are Hiring! New opportunity at the Mennonite Information Center for an Associate Manager.For MORE INFORMATION - bit.l...
02/05/2020

We are Hiring! New opportunity at the Mennonite Information Center for an Associate Manager.

For MORE INFORMATION - bit.ly/LMHSjobs

Send a cover letter, resume, and two references to [email protected].

What are you doing Saturday Night?Tickets are going fast!$30, with complimentary admission for children under 12. Purcha...
02/05/2020

What are you doing Saturday Night?

Tickets are going fast!

$30, with complimentary admission for children under 12. Purchase tickets online at bit.ly/LMHSMusicNight.

Found in our archives with a note attached describing its intended use. WHAT IS IT? Place your answers in the comments. ...
01/22/2020

Found in our archives with a note attached describing its intended use. WHAT IS IT? Place your answers in the comments. (Family friendly answers only, please.) I will reveal the correct answer in a few days. #archives #artifacts #mennonite #strangerthings #museums #history #genealogy

Enjoy a delicious meal of Indigenous foods and an evening of cultural immersion on Friday, February 14 at 6:30 pm. This ...
01/08/2020

Enjoy a delicious meal of Indigenous foods and an evening of cultural immersion on Friday, February 14 at 6:30 pm. This fundraiser takes place at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster, 328 W. Orange Street, Lancaster, PA.

$75 a person.

Purchase tickets online at bit.ly/Sweetheart-Dinner or call 717.393.9745.

Support our efforts to tell the full story of early colonial Lancaster County by participating in this fundraiser for the Lancaster Longhouse. Come celebrate Native culture with our partner, Circle Legacy Center.

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12/31/2019

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12/23/2019
Researching Bernese surnames?Check out the Historical Society's newest online resource - Surname Finding Aid for Canton ...
12/20/2019

Researching Bernese surnames?

Check out the Historical Society's newest online resource - Surname Finding Aid for Canton Bern, Alsace, Germany, and Pennsylvania, 1549-1777. For more information - bit.ly/LMHSBern.

The data itself is one of four databases available online to members of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Join today! bit.ly/LMHSGenDB

Christmas is almost here! What are some of your holiday traditions?
12/12/2019

Christmas is almost here! What are some of your holiday traditions?

Need a Christmas gift for the history buff on your list? Perhaps they enjoy watching Forged in Fire on the History Chann...
12/06/2019

Need a Christmas gift for the history buff on your list? Perhaps they enjoy watching Forged in Fire on the History Channel?

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society offers a gift card for One-to-One Blacksmithing.

Taught by a Master Blacksmith on the grounds of the 1719 Hans Herr House Museum, the gift recipient will learn the basics of the craft and create a simple project.

For more info follow this link -- bit.ly/121Blacksmith.

Warming up Thanksgiving leftovers?While you wait, check out the Holiday Book Catalog!Great gift ideas are just a click a...
12/03/2019

Warming up Thanksgiving leftovers?
While you wait, check out the Holiday Book Catalog!
Great gift ideas are just a click away... http://bit.ly/LMHSholidaybook

#Gratitude
11/27/2019

#Gratitude

11/26/2019

We are Hiring!

Join the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and its dynamic mission to benefit the local community and beyond.

Learn more and apply for open positions. http://bit.ly/LMHSjobs

Administrator, 1719 Herr House & Museum

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Grateful to our ExtraGive supporters! There were some technical issues on Friday evening.Due to this hiccup, ExtraGive h...
11/25/2019

Grateful to our ExtraGive supporters! There were some technical issues on Friday evening.

Due to this hiccup, ExtraGive has graciously extended the deadline until 11:59 pm, Tuesday, November 26!

http://bit.ly/LMHSExtraGive

You still have time to support our mission to conserve history.

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is excited to partner with ExtraGive! An incredible 24-hour campaign to give back...
11/21/2019

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is excited to partner with ExtraGive! An incredible 24-hour campaign to give back to the Lancaster County community.

Will you join us TOMORROW to conserve our history?

http://bit.ly/LMHSExtraGive

#ExtraGive #MennoniteLife #LancasterCounty

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I support Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and its mission to conserve history with the library/archives, the 1719...
11/19/2019

I support Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and its mission to conserve history with the library/archives, the 1719 Hans Herr House Museum, the Lancaster Longhouse, and the Mennonite Information Center & Biblical Tabernacle Reproduction. Will you join me? #ExtraGive November 22nd. http://bit.ly/LMHSExtraGive

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Join us in our mission to conserve history... One week until the Extraordinary Give. #ExtraGive http://bit.ly/LMHSExtraG...
11/15/2019

Join us in our mission to conserve history... One week until the Extraordinary Give. #ExtraGive http://bit.ly/LMHSExtraGive

Back in stock!Mennonite Daughter: The Story of a Plain Girlby Marian Longenecker Beaman#mennonite #amreadinghttp://bit.l...
11/14/2019
Mennonite Daughter: The Story of a Plain Girl

Back in stock!
Mennonite Daughter: The Story of a Plain Girl
by Marian Longenecker Beaman
#mennonite #amreading

http://bit.ly/2Mlky4d

Beaman invites you into a world gone by with a loving tribute to her Mennonite family. We learn how we may cling to our roots while needing to find our own path, and how our growth can include respect for the past while creating new family traditions. Paperback. Author, 2019. 296 pages.

As an organization that values & preserves stories – We love STORYBOOK at Garden Spot Village. Check them out at gscstor...
11/11/2019

As an organization that values & preserves stories – We love STORYBOOK at Garden Spot Village. Check them out at gscstorybook.org. Shout out to Juanita Fox & Gavin Sauder. #storytelling #legacy #family

Don't forget! Author & recent Bowery Mission director, Jason Storbakken will be signing his new book, Bowery Mission: Gr...
11/08/2019
New book on Bowery Mission explores its history through a personal lens - The Villager

Don't forget! Author & recent Bowery Mission director, Jason Storbakken will be signing his new book, Bowery Mission: Grit and Grace on Manhattan’s Oldest Street TOMORROW NIGHT at 7 pm at Groffdale Mennonite Church. #history #author #booksigning

BY GABE HERMAN | A new book by the Bowery Mission’s chapel director explores the homeless service through his personal experiences there and also looks back at its 140 years of history on the Lower East Side. In “Bowery Mission: Grit and Grace on Manhattan’s Oldest Street,” which came out on...

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11/07/2019

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society's cover photo

You never know what you will find in our archives! Seventeen Year Cicadas from 1902 and 1919. (John H. Gochnauer Papers ...
11/07/2019

You never know what you will find in our archives! Seventeen Year Cicadas from 1902 and 1919. (John H. Gochnauer Papers - A minister from East Petersburg.) #archives #library #cicadas #bugs #history #mennonite #oldadvertising #DoNotFrightenTheVolunteers

Don't forget! Tonight Romaine Stauffer will be signing her new book, Led by His Hand: Stories from Merle Burkholder's Fo...
11/07/2019

Don't forget! Tonight Romaine Stauffer will be signing her new book, Led by His Hand: Stories from Merle Burkholder's Forty Years in Missions at 7 pm at Ephrata Mennonite School . #mennonite #author #booksigning #amwriting

Landis Communities
11/05/2019

Landis Communities

Learn about Continuing Care at Home by joining us on November 20, 2:00-4:00 pm at Manheim Township Library. Jay Hilliard, life plan counselor, will present the informational session "Plan Now for the Future." RSVP by calling 1-844-252-6347 or emailing [email protected].
Landis Communities and Friends Life Care have collaborated to offer flexible and comprehensive long-term care planing for those aged 40-85, living in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties.The Continuing Care at Home program provides a truly unique combination of care coordination and financial benefit needed to help ensure older adults have the resources and support they need to remain in their own communities as they age. Webinars are also offered. More information at FriendsLifeCare.org/Landis/

The Periodical Index File is now available online! http://bit.ly/LMHSPIFPreviously researchers could only access the per...
11/05/2019

The Periodical Index File is now available online! http://bit.ly/LMHSPIF

Previously researchers could only access the periodical index by using the physical card file in the library. Now all 25,500 cards have been scanned and are freely available online through the Historical Society’s website.

#mennonite #history #research #genealogy

Society members now have access to online versions of the Mennonite Research Journal (1960 to 1977) - https://www.lmhs.o...
11/01/2019

Society members now have access to online versions of the Mennonite Research Journal (1960 to 1977) - https://www.lmhs.org/memberdb/MRJ #mennonite #mennoniteresearchjournal #genealogy #history

Look what was found in the pages of an old donated bible! Currency from 1774. "'Tis Death to Counterfeit" #history #book...
10/31/2019

Look what was found in the pages of an old donated bible! Currency from 1774. "'Tis Death to Counterfeit" #history #book #currency

Get your autographed copy of --German Lutherans to Pennsylvania Amish: The Stoltzfus Family Storyby Nic Stoltzfus    htt...
10/29/2019

Get your autographed copy of --
German Lutherans to Pennsylvania Amish: The Stoltzfus Family Story
by Nic Stoltzfus http://bit.ly/36eqrcB $25.00

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2215 Millstream Rd
Lancaster, PA
17602

Opening Hours

Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30
Saturday 08:30 - 16:30

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My Surname Finding Aid has been posted in the LMHS members online content since 12 Dec, 2019. I'm curious about learning how many members have taken the opportunity to explore this resource, and to receive any feedback about your experience with it. Thank you.
Binkley Family FYI for those who descend from John the mennonite (PA), Felix (PA) or son Johnson also from PA. Some of their descendants moved to Ohio (Montgomery Co.) and eventually later descendants up into Darke County. Family may be descendants from Catherine E. Binkley (daughter of Johnson Binkley and Mary Nelson). Catherine married Samuel Culbertson and had many children. We are looking for family members who would wish to help contribute to new stones in Mellinger Cemetery in Lancaster Co., PA. The stones are almost unreadable and some are missing. If you are interested in further info or helping please PM me. Lee Arthurs is spear heading the project. Monies are needed by March 1, 2020 and the Binkley stone dedication is set for May 15, 2020. Family descendants are welcome. Photos are of existing stones and others of projected "new" stones sent by request .10433 Big Canoe Jasper, GA 30143 [email protected] 770 337-8862 (Cell)
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Hi all! If you're interested in Palatinate/ German genealogy and making DNA connections, please join our group- Palatinate German DNA and Ancestry. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1910097069268875/
Thanks for displaying the PMS quilts and allowing us to view them. Someone did an amazing job of gathering info for the history book of the school ~ congrats!
Thanks so much for your continuing effort to preserve and promote our Mennonite heritage. Was there last week to see the Buckwalter Bible. Everyone there was so helpful.
Today is the day to support the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society through the ExtraGive. Thank you very much. // Hoy es el día para apoyar a la Sociedad Histórica Menonite de Lancaster. Muchísimias gracias.
I promised my husband I would behave... So far, so good. Great event!
I really wanted to make this year but won't be able to attend. Maybe another time!