Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society Engaging history to inspire memory, faith and hope

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.

Practiced oral history interviewing at #MennoCon19 how-to workshop led by Jean Kilheffer Hess and Jason Kauffman.
07/05/2019

Practiced oral history interviewing at #MennoCon19 how-to workshop led by Jean Kilheffer Hess and Jason Kauffman.

Join our dynamic team. We're hiring!Storyteller: Digital & Communications (FT)Mennonite Information Center Administrator...
07/03/2019
Employment | Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

Join our dynamic team. We're hiring!

Storyteller: Digital & Communications (FT)
Mennonite Information Center Administrator (PT)
Content Editor, Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage (PT)

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

Employment Join Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society’s dynamic mission benefiting the local community and beyond. We are hiring for the following positions. Please click the links for the full job descriptions. Storyteller: Digital & Communications, a full-time role Administrator, Mennonite Info...

06/13/2019
Young Historians Spotlight

Those of you who were unable to attend this year's Young Historians Spotlight still have an opportunity to learn from Alec Loganbill and Ashley King. Watch the recording of the evening here: https://youtu.be/IcAHE37C2Sc

Ashley King will present “Peace and Prisons: Quaker Efforts in Addressing Penal Affairs in Northern Ireland 1971-1989.” She will examine the activities of Qu...

Since 2012, Landis Homes has supported the Society's cultural programming as a Lancaster Roots sponsor. Learn about thei...
06/08/2019
Home - LandisHomes

Since 2012, Landis Homes has supported the Society's cultural programming as a Lancaster Roots sponsor. Learn about their work at https://www.landishomes.org

We are grateful for their generous support.

If you can't make the Young Historians Spotlight tonight, consider attending "The Evolution of the Pennsylvania Horticul...
06/03/2019
Athenaeum of Philadelphia--Program Registration

If you can't make the Young Historians Spotlight tonight, consider attending "The Evolution of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society on Thursday, June 6, at the Athenaeum in Philadelphia. The lecture will be given by Ted Maust, a featured young historian in 2014. Learn more at http://philaathenaeum.org/programs.html

Monday, May 20, 3:30 PM Everybody’s a critic these days. The democratic possibilities of Yelp, Goodreads, and thousands of other online sites have all-but-toppled the reign of traditional “gatekeepers” of culture. (Think: Sheridan Whiteside from The Man Who Came To Dinner.) Or have they? Longt...

05/30/2019

Join us this Monday for our Young Historians Spotlight. Hear from Alec Loganbill and Ashley King presenting on Quaker prison reform in Northern Ireland and Mennonite involvement with Civil Rights in the United States.

05/28/2019

Sign up for the Bike Tour: Susquehanna River Towns and learn Lancaster County history while enjoying a gentle bicycle ride along the Susquehanna River. Reserve your spot today.

05/23/2019

Join the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society on Monday, June 3, for our Young Historians Spotlight. Hear from two early-career historians about their current research.

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new collection to our growing list of online genealogical resources. After ...
05/21/2019

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new collection to our growing list of online genealogical resources. After about two years, volunteers have completed indexing and scanning thousands of obituaries that are part of the Charles Beadle Papers in the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society Archives. These obituaries (CB Obits) were collected from 1933-1979 and primarily were clipped from "The Ephrata Review." Naturally most of these relate to persons from the Ephrata area and nicely complement our obituaries from the Lancaster Newspapers. The online indexes are free to the public; online access to the obituaries is a benefit of LMHS membership. For these and other online resources, please visit https://www.lmhs.org/research/online-resources/.

Q: What does Mabel the Jungle Cow swing on? [Answer in the comments]Find this and more jokes, puns, riddles and tongue-t...
05/14/2019
Jokes from the Back Seat: Humor for Kids!

Q: What does Mabel the Jungle Cow swing on? [Answer in the comments]

Find this and more jokes, puns, riddles and tongue-twisters in "Jokes from the Back Seat: Humor for Kids!" perfect for keeping you entertained on your Memorial day road trip. Stop by the bookstore and pick up a copy of your own, or order a copy online at https://lmhs-book-and-museum-store.myshopify.com/products/jokes-from-the-back-seat-humor-for-kids

One-liners, puns, puzzles, riddles, pirate jokes, knock-knock jokes, tongue-twisters, and cartoons. Paperback. Walnut Street Books, 2019. 128 pages.

05/07/2019

Join the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and Garden Spot Village for the first presentation of the Amish Education Series on Wednesday, May 15 beginning at 7 p.m. A panel will discuss "Plain Communities and Money" in the Chapel at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland.

The series continues Wednesdays through May 29, each presentation lasts an hour.

The April 2019 issue of Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage is at the printer. Get a sneak peek at this issue's content.http...
04/30/2019
April 2019 Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage | Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

The April 2019 issue of Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage is at the printer. Get a sneak peek at this issue's content.

https://www.lmhs.org/april-2019-pennsylvania-mennonite-heritage/

April 2019 Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage by Communications Director | Apr 30, 2019 | Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage The April 2019 issue of Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage looks at responses to war from Mennonite communities, churches, and individuals. While Mennonites have generally maintained a...

04/24/2019

There is only a little more than a week left to sign up for the Plain Meetinghouses Learning Tour. Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather with this unique opportunity to see these distinctive places of worship.

04/18/2019

Paul Ebersole was nearing his twenty-second birthday when President Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act on September 16, 1940. A member of Dohner Mennonite Church in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, then part of Lancaster Conference, he had been taught that the New Testament forbade Christians from fighting. When he was part of the first group called to military service, he registered as a Conscientious Objector and reported to the Civilian Public Service (CPS) camp at Grottoes, Virginia—the first Mennonite CPS camp.

He later reflected, “The money I could have earned in my four and one-half years of CPS could not repay all the benefits I received in developing stronger convictions and in finding the Lord very precious and a ready help in time of need.”

Hear more stories from conscientious objectors during World War II on May 5, when critically acclaimed drama troupe Theatre of the Beat will present Yellow Bellies

The May 10 auction of rare and used books has a variety of interesting items including a 1684 New Testament published in...
04/16/2019
Some Highlights of the May 10, 2019, Book Auction of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society | Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

The May 10 auction of rare and used books has a variety of interesting items including a 1684 New Testament published in Amsterdam with French, Dutch and English text in parallel columns (lot #38); several editions of "Christliches Gemüths-Gespräch von dem geistlichen und seligmachenden Glaubenincluding" one published in Ephrata in 1769 (#312-316); 1841 and 1853 editions of Benjamin Eby’s "Kurzgefasse Kirchen Geschichte und Glaubenslehre der Taufgesinnten-Christen oder Mennoniten" (#318-319); and two copies of the 1829 "Nützliche und erbauliche Anrede an die Jugend" by Christian Burkholder (#181 and #324). https://www.lmhs.org/some-highlights-of-the-may-10-2019-book-auction-of-the-lancaster-mennonite-historical-society/?preview=true

Yellow Bellies is a historical drama that highlights the experiences and public response to Mennonite Conscientious Obje...
04/10/2019
Yellow Bellies | Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

Yellow Bellies is a historical drama that highlights the experiences and public response to Mennonite Conscientious Objectors during WWII. This episodic tale takes audiences across Canada, featuring verbatim interviews, fictionalized scenes, and live music from an often overlooked chapter in Canadian history. A talkback will include a local historian to draw parallels between the experiences of Canadian and U.S. Conscientious Objectors. https://www.lmhs.org/mec-calendar/yellow-bellies/

Organizer Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society Phone (717) 393-9745 REGISTER Location Lancaster Mennonite School 2176 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA 17602 Category Educational Meeting Special Event More Info Registration Next Event Plain Meetinghouses Learning Tour Date May 18 2019 Time 8:00 am - 4:...

Rachel Held Evans describes Zach Hunt's "Unraptured" as "thoughtful, entertaining, carefully researched, and rapturously...
04/04/2019
Unraptured: How End Times Theology Gets It Wrong

Rachel Held Evans describes Zach Hunt's "Unraptured" as "thoughtful, entertaining, carefully researched, and rapturously (sorry) readable." Find out why with a copy of your own, available online or from our bookstore. https://lmhs-book-and-museum-store.myshopify.com/products/unraptured-how-end-times-theology-gets-it-wrong

Part memoir, part tour of the apocalypse, and part call to action, Unraptured traces how the church's focus on escaping to heaven has it mired in decay. The church cannot afford to focus on the end times when instead of following Jesus in the here and now. Paperback. Herald Press, 2019. 255 pages.

We are glad to host Judy Russell at the Family History Conference today."One of more than 40 Lancaster Roots events, the...
03/30/2019
Meanwhile in Lancaster County

We are glad to host Judy Russell at the Family History Conference today.

"One of more than 40 Lancaster Roots events, the Lancaster Family History Conference is under the aegis of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, and that’s a major-league resource so many of us may have overlooked in our early Pennsylvania research.

Because it’s not just Mennonite history that’s available there."

A resource for Pennsylvania's fourth county It was formed in 1729 from Chester County, Pennsylvania, the fourth county ever created in Pennsylvania, because of concerns of residents that “thieves, vagabonds, and ill people” had infested the rural areas -- and it was just too far to the courthous...

"It is my greatest hope," writes Ed Cyzewski in "Flee, Be Silent, Pray: Ancient Prayers for Anxious Christians," "that r...
03/28/2019
Flee, Be Silent, Pray: Ancient Prayers for Anxious Christians

"It is my greatest hope," writes Ed Cyzewski in "Flee, Be Silent, Pray: Ancient Prayers for Anxious Christians," "that readers will find a God who is more loving and present than they had ever suspected. When we flee, are silent, and pray, we have a chance to reconnect with a Christian tradition that lives and breathes because of God's sustaining presence." Find encouragement in a copy of your own, available in the LMHS bookstore: https://lmhs-book-and-museum-store.myshopify.com/products/flee-be-silent-pray-ancient-prayers-for-anxious-christians

Writer and contemplative retreat leader Ed Cyzewski guides readers out of the anxiety factory of contemporary Christianity and toward a God whose love astounds those quiet long enough to receive it. With helpful guidance into solitude, contemplative prayer, and practices such as lectio divina and th...

In "Captive" Donna J. Stoltzfus explores the relationships between Mennonite farmers and German POWs who worked on their...
03/21/2019
Captive

In "Captive" Donna J. Stoltzfus explores the relationships between Mennonite farmers and German POWs who worked on their farms during WWII. John D. Roth calls it "A sweet and lively story" that "introduces young readers to the impact of war on civilians, and the little-known story of German POWs living and working in the US during WWII." Find a copy to read today in our bookstore: https://lmhs-book-and-museum-store.myshopify.com/products/captive

Historical fiction based on personal experiences of Lancaster County residents and the German POWs who lived and worked among them during the second World War. Hardcover. Author, 2018. 128 pages.

Join the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society for our Plain Meetinghouses Learning Tour on Saturday, May 18. The start...
03/19/2019
Plain Meetinghouses Learning Tour | Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

Join the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society for our Plain Meetinghouses Learning Tour on Saturday, May 18. The startling utilitarian beauty of these structures embodies the religious traditions of their creators. Sign up today at https://bit.ly/2uhYfDQ

Organizer Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society Phone (717) 393-9745 Location Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society 2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster PA 17602 Category Learning Tours Next Event Young Historians Spotlight Date Jun 03 2019 Time 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Date May 18 2019 Time 8:00 am - 4:00 pm....

03/18/2019

"If you find your DNA reveals no surprises, or is too uniform, you're not looking close enough." Learn more about DNA and family history with Darvin Martin during The New DNA Reality— Between Discovery and Privacy. There are three days left to register.

What is the new DNA reality? Hear Darvin Martin give a preview of his Friday Seminar at this year's Lancaster Family His...
03/14/2019
The New DNA Reality: Forging the Path between Discovery and Privacy

What is the new DNA reality? Hear Darvin Martin give a preview of his Friday Seminar at this year's Lancaster Family History Conference. There is one week left to register for in-person attendance or livestreaming access. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb0K5gua9PU

Darvin Martin gives a preview of his talk, "The New DNA Reality: Forging the Path Between Discovery and Privacy," which he will present on Friday, March 29, ...

In the first chapter of "The Great Reckoning: Surviving a Christianity that Looks Nothing like Christ," author Stephen M...
03/14/2019
The Great Reckoning: Surviving a Christianity That Looks Nothing

In the first chapter of "The Great Reckoning: Surviving a Christianity that Looks Nothing like Christ," author Stephen Mattson reflects: "Similar to the Great Awakening, a series of revivals that permanently affected the Christian faith for years to come, I believe that we are living in what we could call the Great Reckoning: a time of soul-searching and truth-seeking and candid reflection on what we as Christians have allowed Christianity to become." Read along with a copy of your own, available from the LMHS bookstore. https://lmhs-book-and-museum-store.myshopify.com/products/the-great-reckoning-surviving-a-christianity-that-looks-nothing

Mattson writes out of the rubble of the failed American faith. Instead of doomsaying or casting aspersions, however, Mattson offers hope for seekers looking for inspiration, solace for Christians fed up with an unsatisfying religion, and clarity for those sifting through the remains. The Great Recko...

03/13/2019

There is just one week left to sign up for this year's Family History Conference: No Person Shall Gallop Horses. Join us to hear from Judy Russel on how legal records offer richness and depth to family trees. Other expert presenters will speak on topics such as oral history interviewing, losing the family farm, and an update on the Mennonite and Amish DNA project.

"Inside an Amish Home: A Rare and Intimate Portrait" intersperses lush photography with brief descriptions of Amish life...
03/08/2019
Inside an Amish Home: A Rare and Intimate Portrait

"Inside an Amish Home: A Rare and Intimate Portrait" intersperses lush photography with brief descriptions of Amish life balanced by scriptural passages. Pick up a copy today and see what Donald Kraybill describes as "a respectful backstage tour." https://lmhs-book-and-museum-store.myshopify.com/products/inside-an-amish-home-a-rare-and-intimate-portrait

It's rare for outsiders to see inside the homes of Old Order Amish people, who live their Christian faith in community, simplicity, and humility. An Amish family in the Midwest gives us a glimpse into the intimate spaces where their family life unfolds. Patterns of work, play, fellowship, and worshi...

03/01/2019
Genealogical Resources at LMHS

How well do you know the genealogical resources available in our library? Listen to Steve Ness, librarian and archivist, give an overview of material available for family history research. https://youtu.be/BKYX-Rbt3O4

Learn about the resources available for family history research at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, from the genealogical card file to family Bibles.

There is still time to sign up for seminars and field trips during the Lancaster Family History Conference. Learn German...
02/25/2019
Workshop Introduces What It Takes To Read Enough German for Genealogy | Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

There is still time to sign up for seminars and field trips during the Lancaster Family History Conference. Learn German script (https://www.lmhs.org/workshop-introduces-what-it-takes-to-read-enough-german-for-genealogy/) or learn about the Lancaster County Archives (https://www.lmhs.org/introduction-to-the-lancaster-county-archives-history-since-1729/), among other options.

But hurry, registration closes February 27.

Workshop Introduces What It Takes To Read Enough German for Genealogy by Communications Director | Jan 23, 2019 | Events, Guest Post Too many researchers try to make “But I don’t know any German” an ending point. But for folks taking the “Working with German Script and Fraktur Font” worksh...

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