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Don't miss the action! Bookworm Frolic open until 4:00pm. Saturday pricing: Hardcover $1.50, Soft cover $.75, Fill a box...
09/18/2021

Don't miss the action! Bookworm Frolic open until 4:00pm. Saturday pricing: Hardcover $1.50, Soft cover $.75, Fill a box for $12.

Yesterday’s Wisdom for Today: Anabaptist Conversation SeriesBuild peace through listening and discussion on October 12, ...
09/15/2021

Yesterday’s Wisdom for Today: Anabaptist Conversation Series

Build peace through listening and discussion on October 12, 26, and November 9. During engaging online events, experts from North American Anabaptist Heritage organizations will show historic documents relevant to current issues. Also, hear perspectives from people close to the issues. Following presentations, attendees can join facilitated discussions in breakout rooms. Topics include: Virtual Relationships Past & Present, Racial Harm & Harmony Among Mennonites, and Remaining Community-Minded in an Individualistic Culture. Co-sponsored by TourMagination and Anabaptist History Today, a collaboration among 16 North American Anabaptist heritage organizations. MORE DETAILS https://tourmagination.com/events/
#Anabaptist #history #peacebuilding

Yesterday’s Wisdom for Today: Anabaptist Conversation Series

Build peace through listening and discussion on October 12, 26, and November 9. During engaging online events, experts from North American Anabaptist Heritage organizations will show historic documents relevant to current issues. Also, hear perspectives from people close to the issues. Following presentations, attendees can join facilitated discussions in breakout rooms. Topics include: Virtual Relationships Past & Present, Racial Harm & Harmony Among Mennonites, and Remaining Community-Minded in an Individualistic Culture. Co-sponsored by TourMagination and Anabaptist History Today, a collaboration among 16 North American Anabaptist heritage organizations. MORE DETAILS https://tourmagination.com/events/
#Anabaptist #history #peacebuilding

September 16 & 17, 9 am to 7 pmSeptember 18, 9 am to 4 pm
09/09/2021

September 16 & 17, 9 am to 7 pm
September 18, 9 am to 4 pm

September 16 & 17, 9 am to 7 pm
September 18, 9 am to 4 pm

BOOKWORM FROLIC!September 16 & 17, 9 am to 7 pmSeptember 18, 9 am to 4 pm#books #booklovers #usedbooks
09/03/2021

BOOKWORM FROLIC!
September 16 & 17, 9 am to 7 pm
September 18, 9 am to 4 pm

#books #booklovers #usedbooks

BOOKWORM FROLIC!
September 16 & 17, 9 am to 7 pm
September 18, 9 am to 4 pm

#books #booklovers #usedbooks

Come out to the 1719 Herr House Museum on Saturday, October 2 for the Maize & Snitz Market Fair!Professional tradespeopl...
08/31/2021

Come out to the 1719 Herr House Museum on Saturday, October 2 for the Maize & Snitz Market Fair!

Professional tradespeople will demonstrate embroidery, tape weaving, baking, hearth cooking, Native American foods, and fingerweaving.

Shop for hand-crafted items such as redware pottery, hand-dyed wool yarn, hand-turned wooden implements, wrought iron, bobbin lace, and 18th-century paper goods.

#artisans #trades #18thcentury

Come out to the 1719 Herr House Museum on Saturday, October 2 for the Maize & Snitz Market Fair!

Professional tradespeople will demonstrate embroidery, tape weaving, baking, hearth cooking, Native American foods, and fingerweaving.

Shop for hand-crafted items such as redware pottery, hand-dyed wool yarn, hand-turned wooden implements, wrought iron, bobbin lace, and 18th-century paper goods.

#artisans #trades #18thcentury

Looking for a rewarding community service project?Volunteers & local youth groups are needed to help during the week of ...
08/27/2021

Looking for a rewarding community service project?

Volunteers & local youth groups are needed to help during the week of the Bookworm Frolic, September 16-18.

Contact Michael Bodner at [email protected].

Looking for a rewarding community service project?

Volunteers & local youth groups are needed to help during the week of the Bookworm Frolic, September 16-18.

Contact Michael Bodner at [email protected].

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is excited to announce the return of its annual Bookworm Frolic. This September, ...
08/18/2021

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is excited to announce the return of its annual Bookworm Frolic. This September, we are offering a selection of over 40,000 used books to guests across the county and beyond.

We need ten eager adult volunteers to help move and unpack our significant collection of books, as well as help to set up tables under our big tent on Tuesday, September 14th and 15th from 9 am until 12 am.

Volunteers will also be needed for book clean-up on Saturday, September 18th starting at 4:30 pm until 6:30.

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is excited to announce the return of its annual Bookworm Frolic. This September, we are offering a selection of over 40,000 used books to guests across the county and beyond.

We need ten eager adult volunteers to help move and unpack our significant collection of books, as well as help to set up tables under our big tent on Tuesday, September 14th and 15th from 9 am until 12 am.

Volunteers will also be needed for book clean-up on Saturday, September 18th starting at 4:30 pm until 6:30.

08/09/2021

Annual Storytelling Night

08/04/2021
07/23/2021
Today would have been Andrew Wyeth's 104th birthday.A descendent of the Herr family, he created this painting of the Her...
07/12/2021

Today would have been Andrew Wyeth's 104th birthday.

A descendent of the Herr family, he created this painting of the Herr House. Do you have a favorite Wyeth painting? #andrewwyeth

https://g.co/kgs/F6iXJp

Today would have been Andrew Wyeth's 104th birthday.

A descendent of the Herr family, he created this painting of the Herr House. Do you have a favorite Wyeth painting? #andrewwyeth

https://g.co/kgs/F6iXJp

Annual Storytelling Night returns on August 9 at 7 pm EDT at Mellinger Mennonite Church. Featured speakers are Myrna Smu...
07/07/2021

Annual Storytelling Night returns on August 9 at 7 pm EDT at Mellinger Mennonite Church. Featured speakers are Myrna Smucker and Jesus Cruz. Come out and join us at the in-person event or stream it below. (Archived.)

Annual Storytelling Night returns on August 9 at 7 pm EDT at Mellinger Mennonite Church. Featured speakers are Myrna Smucker and Jesus Cruz. Come out and join us at the in-person event or stream it below. (Archived.)

Beautiful Summer Day at the 1719 Herr House Museum!
06/30/2021

Beautiful Summer Day at the 1719 Herr House Museum!

Beautiful Summer Day at the 1719 Herr House Museum!

Timeline Photos
06/21/2021

Timeline Photos

Check out our website for some great employment opportunities!https://www.lmhs.org/about/employment/
05/28/2021
Employment | Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

Check out our website for some great employment opportunities!

https://www.lmhs.org/about/employment/

Now Hiring Title: Archivist & LibrarianSchedule: Full TimeLocation: Lancaster, PA Click for full Job Description. SUMMARY: Within the overall mission of the organization, strengthen the development, care, management, research, and interpretation of our archival and library collections, and ensure ac...

Last day to register for the June 5 Bicycle Learning Tour on the Warwick Ephrata Rail Trail... Get your tickets now!  bi...
05/28/2021
Bicycle Learning Tour – Ephrata to Lititz

Last day to register for the June 5 Bicycle Learning Tour on the Warwick Ephrata Rail Trail... Get your tickets now! bit.ly/BikeWERT

June 5, 2021 9:30 am - 1:30 pm Pre-register before May 28, 2021. Rain date -- Sunday, June 6, 2021. Enjoy a day outdoors exploring local history on a bike tour on the Warwick Ephrata Rail Trail. Tour leader and LMHS board member John Weber guides the group from Ephrata to Lititz. This five-stop tour...

Almost time for The Bicycle Learning Tour...Register today at bit.ly/BikeWERT.Photo Caption: Millway Hemp/Oil Grist Mill...
05/21/2021

Almost time for The Bicycle Learning Tour...
Register today at bit.ly/BikeWERT.

Photo Caption: Millway Hemp/Oil Grist Mill, built in 1832 by Jacob Sheaffer along the Cocalico Creek on lands settled by the Ebys.

Almost time for The Bicycle Learning Tour...
Register today at bit.ly/BikeWERT.

Photo Caption: Millway Hemp/Oil Grist Mill, built in 1832 by Jacob Sheaffer along the Cocalico Creek on lands settled by the Ebys.

05/18/2021

The Library/Archives will be closed on Fridays in May.
Please schedule research
Tue - Thur 8:30 AM - 4 PM.

Bicycle Learning Tour set for Saturday, June 5th!Enjoy a day outdoors exploring local history on --the Warwick Ephrata R...
05/06/2021

Bicycle Learning Tour set for Saturday, June 5th!

Enjoy a day outdoors exploring local history on --
the Warwick Ephrata Rail Trail.

Cost is $40. Register at bit.ly/BikeWERT by May 28.

Photo Caption: Jacob Huber Tavern (1733-1734), a stop on the tour.

#localhistory #biketour

Bicycle Learning Tour set for Saturday, June 5th!

Enjoy a day outdoors exploring local history on --
the Warwick Ephrata Rail Trail.

Cost is $40. Register at bit.ly/BikeWERT by May 28.

Photo Caption: Jacob Huber Tavern (1733-1734), a stop on the tour.

#localhistory #biketour

05/05/2021

Mennonite Information Center is thrilled to participate in "See Pennsylvania's Covered Bridges Week" May 8 - 16!

Presented by The Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of PA.

Take a self-guided tour by obtaining a packet of printed directions to six local covered bridges, including Kurtz's Mill Covered Bridge in Lancaster County Central Park, and Pinetown Covered Bridge near Oregon Dairy Restaurant. There is a nominal charge of $5.

Check out our in-house display featuring a model replica and the book Covered Bridges of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania by Ken Collins.

#coveredbridges

Photos from 1719 Hans Herr House Museum's post
05/04/2021

Photos from 1719 Hans Herr House Museum's post

What are your spring hobbies and customs?
04/29/2021

What are your spring hobbies and customs?

What are your spring hobbies and customs?

Working Horses of Lancaster virtual book release by Beth Oberholtzer & John Herr in one hour. 7 pm. Connect via Zoom. bi...
04/27/2021

Working Horses of Lancaster virtual book release by Beth Oberholtzer & John Herr in one hour. 7 pm. Connect via Zoom. bit.ly/WHLCBook. Signed books available.

Working Horses of Lancaster virtual book release by Beth Oberholtzer & John Herr in one hour. 7 pm. Connect via Zoom. bit.ly/WHLCBook. Signed books available.

Working Horses of Lancaster County will be released tonight at 7pm exclusively on Zoom. Click the link for more info -- ...
04/27/2021

Working Horses of Lancaster County will be released tonight at 7pm exclusively on Zoom. Click the link for more info -- bit.ly/ZoomWHLC.

Working Horses of Lancaster County will be released tonight at 7pm exclusively on Zoom. Click the link for more info -- bit.ly/ZoomWHLC.

Don't forget! Join us tomorrow night at 7 pm for the Virtual Book Release of Working Horses of Lancaster County and the ...
04/26/2021

Don't forget! Join us tomorrow night at 7 pm for the Virtual Book Release of Working Horses of Lancaster County and the companion children's book, Mares & Foals. Zoom link and more info at bit.ly/ZoomWHLC. #booksigning

Don't forget! Join us tomorrow night at 7 pm for the Virtual Book Release of Working Horses of Lancaster County and the companion children's book, Mares & Foals. Zoom link and more info at bit.ly/ZoomWHLC. #booksigning

A huge thank you to Goodville Mutual (@goodvillemutual ) for supporting the 1719 Herr House & Museum’s #Indigenous progr...
04/16/2021

A huge thank you to Goodville Mutual (@goodvillemutual ) for supporting the 1719 Herr House & Museum’s #Indigenous programming. Our Native Ways – A Plant for All Seasons: Cattail class starts tomorrow!

A huge thank you to Goodville Mutual (@goodvillemutual ) for supporting the 1719 Herr House & Museum’s #Indigenous programming. Our Native Ways – A Plant for All Seasons: Cattail class starts tomorrow!

Working Horses of Lancaster County by Beth Oberholtzer and photographer John Herr will be released via Zoom on Tuesday, ...
04/15/2021

Working Horses of Lancaster County by Beth Oberholtzer and photographer John Herr will be released via Zoom on Tuesday, April 27 at 7 pm EST. Link info at https://buff.ly/3dfMRzz. Signed books can be ordered.

Working Horses of Lancaster County by Beth Oberholtzer and photographer John Herr will be released via Zoom on Tuesday, April 27 at 7 pm EST. Link info at https://buff.ly/3dfMRzz. Signed books can be ordered.

04/12/2021

Our Mini Bookworm Frolic, pre-scheduled for this weekend, has been canceled. See you for the big Bookworm Frolic Sep. 16-18!

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Thanks to the brilliance of fellow ancestor-hunter Maggie Weidinger in Lancaster County, I was able to make a dent in my brick wall that I haven't been able to do from online records. And what a doozy of a find! My 3x great-grandmother, Elizabeth Frantz Groff (about 1821-1899), was not 3x a widow -- she was twice divorced! A scandal for the era and culture that may explain why there had been a brick wall for so long. Have to say, I was beginning to wonder if she was a black widow! First divorce was from David Hostetler Zuck (1820-1888), on Nov. 25, 1846 -- which despite the intervention of two male relatives who were bishops in the Mennonite church caused such an uproar that, apparently, folks left the congregation. A quote we found is brief, and there is little information: "This event and its handling by the bishop was cause for division in the Lancaster County Mennonite Church." ~ Robert F. Ulle, Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage, 9:21, July 1986. The second divorce was from third husband Michael Reedy on April 7, 1863. Marital abuse claimed in both instances. Her second husband was my 3x great-grandfather, Charles Getz (1829-1853), who died young after they had three sons, and is buried in Groffdale Mennonite Brick Church Cemetery -- although I rather doubt he was Mennonite unless he converted as an adult. We have zip information on his birth family. I've not been able to find connection to any other Getz family in Pennsylvania, not even Samuel Getz, who is buried in the same cemetery. Maggie is gearing up for more sleuthing. I'm wondering if anyone has any books or other materials that might touch on Elizabeth's divorces, marriage to Charles, and Charles' family background.
Does anyone know if the building exists where people would have met for the Sunday School/Mission at Welsh Mountain about 100 years ago? It was NOT on the current campus of Welsh Mountain Home.
I've been a member of this organization, now seeking someone in Lancaster County willing to do genealogy research for a few hours at most at local archives, when open to the public, that are not available online. I've done a lot, but can't travel. Does not have to be a professional genealogist, but be knowledgeable about local resources and history, and used to doing genealogy research. Private message me if interested. Thank you.
Is it OK to post inquiries about genealogy on this page? I want to learn more about the Buckwalter family. I believe that my family name is from Pennsylvania Mennonites, but I get lost in my genealogy searches for ancestors earlier than Geoffrey Buckwalter.
Looking for a "Mammy Welk" from Strasburg area who made a salve from pine rosin that was popular in our Metzler family. Would like to identify who she was. We have the recipe but she has been lost to time. Would have been born about 100 years ago now.
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!