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.

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society's cover photo
06/11/2020

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society's cover photo

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society's cover photo
06/05/2020

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society's cover photo

We support and amplify the words of Dr. Leroy T. Hopkins on behalf of the African American Historical Society of South C...
06/05/2020

We support and amplify the words of Dr. Leroy T. Hopkins on behalf of the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania, a partner.

05/28/2020
Week 4: The Anabaptist Story Lives On: Jean Kilheffer Hess

Join TourMagination & LMHS as Jean Kilheffer Hess presents “It’s Been Saved, it’s Beautiful: What Does it Mean Today?” on Tuesday June 2 at 8 pm.

Week 4 of The Anabaptist Story Lives on: Virtual Museum & Archive Tour
Register at www.tourmagination.com/vtour

https://youtu.be/bjFxodydhQk

This is a teaser for a virtual museum stop in Lancaster, PA with Jean Kilheffer Hess, Executive Director of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. REGIS...

05/18/2020
Lancaster Mennonite School

Congratulations to the Lancaster Mennonite High School Class of 2020! #Classof2020

Lancaster Mennonite School offers a PreK-12 comprehensive education in a nurturing and diverse environment that prepares students to be lifelong learners. Our three campuses provide unique opportunities for teachers to individually engage students.

Introducing . . . Hands-On History, a new family-oriented, fun educational resource available as a 2-page PDF. In this f...
05/15/2020

Introducing . . . Hands-On History, a new family-oriented, fun educational resource available as a 2-page PDF. In this first issue, imagine being an 18th-century confectioner or home baker preparing for a special occasion. Learn to candy flowers from your backyard!

Download - http://bit.ly/HerrHouseHandsOnHistory.

MC USA Archives joins expanded Mennonite Archival Information Database#genealogy  #mennonite
05/13/2020
MC USA Archives joins expanded Mennonite Archival Information Database

MC USA Archives joins expanded Mennonite Archival Information Database
#genealogy #mennonite

Mennonite Church USA Archives is one of five new partners to join the recently expanded Mennonite Archival Information Database (MAID). The public database now represents 14 partners and features thousands of historic photos and a quickly growing number of entries, including one-of-a-kind letters, d...

1719 Hans Herr House Museum
05/11/2020

1719 Hans Herr House Museum

New educational resource! Learn to candy flowers from your backyard.

#outdoorlearning #mlearning

Complimentary download: bit.ly/HerrHouseHandsOnHistory

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Carolyn (Charles) Wenger. During her years at the Lancaster Mennonite H...
04/30/2020
Carolyn Wenger

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Carolyn (Charles) Wenger. During her years at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Carolyn filled many roles including director (1977-2001), museum curator, archivist, editor, fundraiser, writer, and researcher. She will be greatly missed.

PLEASE SHARE ANY MEMORIES YOU MIGHT HAVE IN THE COMMENTS. As a way to celebrate her life.

https://lancasteronline.com/obituaries/carolyn-wenger/article_de05c9c1-4db8-54b3-b368-f14228861e00.html?fbclid=IwAR17jmsaQMymvgBZcPpEtg1Xo5pthTdgsHFW1QtcOWDQGbBvnv-Ys9PS_tg

Carolyn Landis (Charles) Wenger, 76, of Ephrata, passed from this life on Monday, April 27, 2020, at Fairmount Homes.

Landis Homes
04/29/2020

Landis Homes

At Landis Homes, as well as the other locations that are part of Landis Communities, signs of hope are springing up. They are designed to encourage and uplift all who see them, reminding everyone that we are all in this together and that God is with us.

Everence, MCC and MDS launch COVID-19 Congregational Relief Fund
04/28/2020
Everence, MCC and MDS launch COVID-19 Congregational Relief Fund

Everence, MCC and MDS launch COVID-19 Congregational Relief Fund

Everence, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. (MCC U.S.) and Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) have launched a COVID-19 Congregational Relief Fund to aid churches facing financial crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new fund was seeded with a combined $550,000 commitment from MDS, Everence and MCC....

Attention #Brubaker family!You may be familiar with Henry S. Brubaker's #genealogy of the Brubaker family, published in ...
04/14/2020

Attention #Brubaker family!
You may be familiar with Henry S. Brubaker's #genealogy of the Brubaker family, published in 1912. You may not be aware that John Allen Brubaker updated the work and created an electronic version in 2013-2014 which he allowed us to disseminate. It can be found through the library catalog or directly with this link -- lmhs.follettdestiny.com/digitalresource/saas04_3705446/1405690682773_the_brubaker_genealogy_v2.1.pdf.

For more information about the work, see the comments below.

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society's cover photo
04/14/2020

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society's cover photo

In the 1790s Philadelphia suffered a series of devastating outbreaks of yellow fever. LMHS has in its collection a rare ...
04/07/2020

In the 1790s Philadelphia suffered a series of devastating outbreaks of yellow fever. LMHS has in its collection a rare broadside, printed in 1797, in which Edward Hand and Paul Zantzinger begged the farmers and clergy of Lancaster County to send grain for the relief of the citizens of Philadelphia in their time of need.

04/07/2020
1719 Hans Herr House Museum

Mini virtual tour of Herr House

1719 Herr House & Museum

Photo credit: Tourism Media
Editor: Jason Stetler

From our colleagues at the Mennonite Heritage Center.
04/03/2020
The Flu Epidemic of 1918: accounts from local diaries - Mennonite Heritage Center

From our colleagues at the Mennonite Heritage Center.

As we experience and restructure our lives during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, it may be helpful to understand how our community in central Montgomery County, PA was impacted by the global Influenza Epidemic of 1918. Several diaries of local persons in the Mennonite Heritage Center collection o...

Download a complimentary copy of our new interactive Four-Generation Family Tree Chart at the LMHS Book & Museum store! ...
04/02/2020

Download a complimentary copy of our new interactive Four-Generation Family Tree Chart at the LMHS Book & Museum store! Use the discount code familytree at checkout.

bit.ly/4GenTree

#genealogy #familytree #familyhistory #ancestry #LifeatHome #teachingfromhome

For all #genealogists, from the curious hobbyist to the committed researcher.Don't forget our #FamilyHistoryHeyday is Ma...
04/01/2020
Announcing “Ask The Expert” Webinars Conducted by MyHeritage

For all #genealogists, from the curious hobbyist to the committed researcher.

Don't forget our #FamilyHistoryHeyday is May 16th. bit.ly/FamilyHistoryHeyday20

These times of self-imposed quarantines and other unpleasantness imposed by the CoronaVirus pandemic create problems but also create opportunities. One such opportunity is the ability to stay home …

Incredible story from Steve Ness - Librarian & Archivist(He brought books to catalog home with him.)”Today I opened a bo...
03/31/2020

Incredible story from Steve Ness - Librarian & Archivist

(He brought books to catalog home with him.)

”Today I opened a book printed in 1834 that turns out to have been owned by Jason's fourth-great grandfather, Emanuel Stetler! It contains his ownership inscription, a poem that he wrote (or at least transcribed), birth records for his children, a fragment of fraktur, and some other odds and ends.”

Steve is referencing MY direct ancestor! This is one of the reasons I love working at the Historical Society. His office is across the hall from mine.

Jason Stetler - Storyteller: Digital & Communications

#genealogy #IStayHome #WorkingFromHome #LifeAtHome #ArchiveTreasures

Grateful for our community. #MennoniteLife
03/30/2020

Grateful for our community. #MennoniteLife

FIVE QUESTION FRIDAY - Homebound EditionFeel free to play along!Copy and paste in your feed and share your answers. Use ...
03/27/2020

FIVE QUESTION FRIDAY - Homebound Edition

Feel free to play along!

Copy and paste in your feed and share your answers. Use the hashtag #MennoniteLife.

1. Greatest blessing of being at home?

2. Greatest challenge of being at home?

3. Any good books, movies, or television shows to recommend?

4. A cool internet resource that you recently discovered? (Please share)

5. What is your newest interest or hobby?

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I'll go first!

Greatest blessing of being at home?
Spending quality with my family. Helping my three youngest children with their coursework from Lancaster Mennonite School​.
Greatest challenge of being at home?
Not able to spend time with my recently widowed Mom and my oldest son, who is already out on his own.
Any good books, movies, or television shows to recommend?
The Cowboy and the Cossack by Clair Huffaker (western novel), Stargirl (movie on Disney +), & Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
A cool internet resource that you recently discovered? (Please share)
Virtually Tour 500+ Museums & Galleries While Self-Isolating (bit.ly/2WRpnsT)
What is your newest interest or hobby?
I love #genealogy. Just created a new tool that is available to you -- An interactive Four-Generation Family Tree Chart. Check it out at bit.ly/4GenTree

Jason Stetler
Storyteller: Digital & Communications
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

Homebound? Take this opportunity to research #familyhistory!Try our new interactive Four-Generation Family Tree Chart......
03/26/2020

Homebound? Take this opportunity to research #familyhistory!
Try our new interactive Four-Generation Family Tree Chart... bit.ly/4GenTree

Don't forget that even though our physical building is closed during this time -- LMHS members still have access to all ...
03/24/2020

Don't forget that even though our physical building is closed during this time -- LMHS members still have access to all of our online resources!

Access these files and our other online resources at www.lmhs.org/research/online-resources/.

Not a member? Join today! bit.ly/LMHSmember

We are currently working on uploading more than 400 new documents and images to the online surname files. These include; family Bible records, correspondence, obituaries, and more. Surnames include Baer, Kraybill, Landis, Lehman, Longenecker, Schenck, Weaver, and many others.

It Takes Your Donation to Preserve Mennonite History
03/23/2020
It Takes You

It Takes Your Donation to Preserve Mennonite History

The March edition of the Mirror Newsletter is now available online for your reading enjoyment. www.lmhs.org
03/23/2020

The March edition of the Mirror Newsletter is now available online for your reading enjoyment. www.lmhs.org

#Genealogy Buff resources!Don't forget to check out our Family History Heyday -- bit.ly/FamilyHistoryHeyday20
03/20/2020

#Genealogy Buff resources!

Don't forget to check out our Family History Heyday -- bit.ly/FamilyHistoryHeyday20

These pages can help transform your Facebook feed into a genealogy research tool. If you haven't followed them already, be sure to check them out! See more great genealogy accounts on Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube: http://bit.ly/2UeCCB5

Accessgenealogy
Evidence Explained
Genealogy Center
GenealogyBank

Miss the recent Winter Workshop: Mennonite & Amish DNA? Stream the video from your home for $15. Members receive their d...
03/19/2020

Miss the recent Winter Workshop: Mennonite & Amish DNA? Stream the video from your home for $15. Members receive their discount. With instructor Darvin Martin. #genealogy #dna #mennonite #amish

bit.ly/liveDNA

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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

Telephone

(717) 393-9745

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Read more about the 300th anniversary of the death of Bendicht Brechtbühl (1666-1720) here at https://mennonitica.ch/zum-300-todestag-von-bendicht-brechtbuehl-1666-1720-am-26-april-2020/ - in German and in english translation!
Hi all, I have one dead-end in Lancaster/Lebanon/Dauphin area, we are seeking parentage/maiden name for ... Barbara ?, she married 1x John Neumann and 2x Daniel Frantz (1725-1776). She lived in Lebanon (then Lancaster County), PA, had 8 issue, first William c1749, last Margaret 1760. Son William moved to Berrysburg, Dauphin. Seeking Barbara's maiden/parentage.
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!