1719 Hans Herr House Museum

1719 Hans Herr House Museum The 1719 Herr House is the oldest building in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and the oldest Mennonite meetinghouse in the Americas. Complete information at www.hansherr.org.
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Experience early America at the 1719 Herr House & Museum! Learn about the histories and cultures of Indigenous communities and European immigrants through experiencing a full-sized longhouse reproduction and touring the 1719 house built by the Herr family. Your interpretive guide will tell stories, share history, and answer your questions as you learn about the communities that shaped Pennsylvania

Experience early America at the 1719 Herr House & Museum! Learn about the histories and cultures of Indigenous communities and European immigrants through experiencing a full-sized longhouse reproduction and touring the 1719 house built by the Herr family. Your interpretive guide will tell stories, share history, and answer your questions as you learn about the communities that shaped Pennsylvania

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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 online at bit.ly/AMN21. Donations are encouraged.

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 online at bit.ly/AMN21. Donations are encouraged.

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

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.

The Hearth Cooking Class taught in the Küche of the Herr House by Tiffany Fisk was a resounding success! Perfect spring ...
05/03/2021

The Hearth Cooking Class taught in the Küche of the Herr House by Tiffany Fisk was a resounding success! Perfect spring weather and a delicious meal. #hearthcooking

Grateful to Lancaster South Rotary, John Bomberger, Cathy Lynch, and students from the Lampeter-Strasburg School Distric...
04/30/2021

Grateful to Lancaster South Rotary, John Bomberger, Cathy Lynch, and students from the Lampeter-Strasburg School District. Their service project to weed the kitchen garden and the area around the millstones at the Herr House was much appreciated!
#service #community #history

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

Calling all History Buffs! Looking for volunteers to give tours at the 1719 Herr House & Museum on Fridays and Saturdays...
04/16/2021

Calling all History Buffs! Looking for volunteers to give tours at the 1719 Herr House & Museum on Fridays and Saturdays. Will train. Morning and afternoon hours are available. Contact Lori at [email protected] or 717.464.4438 for more information.
#history #tourguide #volunteer

Calling all History Buffs! Looking for volunteers to give tours at the 1719 Herr House & Museum on Fridays and Saturdays. Will train. Morning and afternoon hours are available. Contact Lori at [email protected] or 717.464.4438 for more information.
#history #tourguide #volunteer

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.

Only a few spots remain for Native Ways – A Plant for All Seasons: Cattail. The first class is Saturday. Register today!...
04/12/2021
Native Ways – A Plant for All Seasons: Cattail

Only a few spots remain for Native Ways – A Plant for All Seasons: Cattail. The first class is Saturday. Register today! #Indigenous
bit.ly/NWCattail

Sponsored by Must be paid upfront; cannot purchase individual days. --- MaryAnn Robins, of Circle Legacy Center (circlelegacycenter.org), presents a four-part series, Native Ways— A Plant for All Seasons: Cattail at the Lancaster Longhouse on the grounds of the 1719 Herr House & Museum. Learn ...

LMHS hosts author Beth Oberholtzer & photographer John Herr in an exclusive online event to unveil their new book, Worki...
03/29/2021

LMHS hosts author Beth Oberholtzer & photographer John Herr in an exclusive online event to unveil their new book, Working Horses of Lancaster County, and the companion children’s book, Mares & Foals, on Tuesday, April 27 at 7 pm. The presentation will be streamed live, it will not be recorded for later viewing. Zoom login information at https://bit.ly/ZoomWHLC.

Signed copies of the book will be available at our museum store.

LMHS hosts author Beth Oberholtzer & photographer John Herr in an exclusive online event to unveil their new book, Working Horses of Lancaster County, and the companion children’s book, Mares & Foals, on Tuesday, April 27 at 7 pm. The presentation will be streamed live, it will not be recorded for later viewing. Zoom login information at https://bit.ly/ZoomWHLC.

Signed copies of the book will be available at our museum store.

Learn the value of the cattail plant to the Indigenous people of the Eastern woodlands.MaryAnn Robins, of Circle Legacy ...
03/25/2021
Native Ways – A Plant for All Seasons: Cattail

Learn the value of the cattail plant to the Indigenous people of the Eastern woodlands.

MaryAnn Robins, of Circle Legacy Center (circlelegacycenter.org), presents a four-part series at the Lancaster Longhouse on the grounds of the 1719 Herr House Museum.

The cost is $60. Pre-register by April 9 at bit.ly/NWCattail

Sponsored by Must be paid upfront; cannot purchase individual days. --- MaryAnn Robins, of Circle Legacy Center (circlelegacycenter.org), presents a four-part series, Native Ways— A Plant for All Seasons: Cattail at the Lancaster Longhouse on the grounds of the 1719 Herr House & Museum. Learn ...

03/18/2021

Open to the public on April 9th. Our hours are Friday & Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. We are committed to a safe environment. Please observe social distancing and wear a mask. (Field Trips can be scheduled at other times.)

Reopened to the public on April 9th.Excited to welcome you back!Field trips for school groups return, as do drop-in tour...
03/16/2021

Reopened to the public on April 9th.
Excited to welcome you back!

Field trips for school groups return, as do drop-in tours.
(Contact Tiffany Fisk, administrator, at 717.464.4438 or [email protected].)

Reopened to the public on April 9th.
Excited to welcome you back!

Field trips for school groups return, as do drop-in tours.
(Contact Tiffany Fisk, administrator, at 717.464.4438 or [email protected].)

Miss the inspirational talent of A Girl Named Tom, Jessica Smucker, & Julian Harnish at our Annual Music Night Fundraise...
03/09/2021
Annual Music Night 2021 (Recording)

Miss the inspirational talent of A Girl Named Tom, Jessica Smucker, & Julian Harnish at our Annual Music Night Fundraiser?

Access the recording & enjoy it for yourself!
Cost is $25 at bit.ly/AMusicN21.

(Clockwise, from top) A Girl Named Tom, Jessica Smucker, & Julian Harnish Recorded on Saturday, March 6 at 8 PM (EST). Experience inspirational music and support our mission to conserve history and promote storytelling through this fundraising event. A Girl Named Tom, an acoustic pop band of sib...

Who's excited for the Annual Music Night Fundraiser Saturday night?Grab your ticket for the virtual event at bit.ly/AMus...
03/02/2021
Annual Music Night Fundraiser (Online Event)

Who's excited for the Annual Music Night Fundraiser Saturday night?
Grab your ticket for the virtual event at bit.ly/AMusicN21.

Scheduled to Perform at Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society's Annual Music Night (Clockwise, from top) A Girl Named Tom, Jessica Smucker, & Julian Harnish Music lovers rejoice! Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society’s Annual Music Night returns in an exclusive online format on Saturday, Mar...

Browsing through online newspapers, I stumbled upon an article dated 29 APR 1960 introducing a 'new' publication called ...
02/25/2021

Browsing through online newspapers, I stumbled upon an article dated 29 APR 1960 introducing a 'new' publication called the "Mennonite Research Journal", a precursor to our "Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage". Access to our online archives, including back issues of both publications, is a benefit of membership. https://buff.ly/3klFmsP

Browsing through online newspapers, I stumbled upon an article dated 29 APR 1960 introducing a 'new' publication called the "Mennonite Research Journal", a precursor to our "Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage". Access to our online archives, including back issues of both publications, is a benefit of membership. https://buff.ly/3klFmsP

Jessica Smucker (Video Preview: https://buff.ly/3oMYNvl) - Performs at our online Annual Music Night on March 6 at 8 pm ...
02/16/2021

Jessica Smucker (Video Preview: https://buff.ly/3oMYNvl) - Performs at our online Annual Music Night on March 6 at 8 pm [EST]. Have you registered?

Jessica Smucker (Video Preview: https://buff.ly/3oMYNvl) - Performs at our online Annual Music Night on March 6 at 8 pm [EST]. Have you registered?

02/07/2021

Working on your family tree? Last chance to register for our online workshop - Genealogy Research in Online Newspapers. #Genealogy https://buff.ly/3jaQMiK

Winter Scene.
02/03/2021

Winter Scene.

Winter Scene.

Music lovers rejoice! Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society’s Annual Music Night returns in an exclusive online format ...
02/02/2021

Music lovers rejoice! Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society’s Annual Music Night returns in an exclusive online format on Saturday, March 6 at 8 PM (EST).

Cost is $25. Register by March 5 at bit.ly/AMusicN21.

Scheduled to Perform - (Clockwise, from top) A Girl Named Tom, Jessica Smucker, & Julian Harnish

Experience inspirational music and support our mission to conserve history and promote storytelling through this fundraising event.

Music lovers rejoice! Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society’s Annual Music Night returns in an exclusive online format on Saturday, March 6 at 8 PM (EST).

Cost is $25. Register by March 5 at bit.ly/AMusicN21.

Scheduled to Perform - (Clockwise, from top) A Girl Named Tom, Jessica Smucker, & Julian Harnish

Experience inspirational music and support our mission to conserve history and promote storytelling through this fundraising event.

Learn the tips & techniques of using online newspapers to research your family history from a professional genealogist.T...
01/26/2021

Learn the tips & techniques of using online newspapers to research your family history from a professional genealogist.

Tuesday, February 9 at 7 pm.

Cost is $35. Register soon at bit.ly/GenOnlineNews.

LAST DAY to register for Fraktur & Grain-Painted Frame Workshop!bit.ly/FrakturFrame[To get the provided materials by mai...
01/14/2021

LAST DAY to register for Fraktur & Grain-Painted Frame Workshop!
bit.ly/FrakturFrame

[To get the provided materials by mail, order this AM. If not, you will have to come by the Society to pick them up curbside.]

Understand the events of Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in context. Here's a resource for lifelong learners, and for teacher...
01/13/2021
The Assault on the Capitol in Historical Perspective: Resources for Educators | AHA

Understand the events of Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in context. Here's a resource for lifelong learners, and for teachers, from the American Historical Association.

https://www.historians.org/news-and-advocacy/everything-has-a-history/the-assault-on-the-capitol-in-historical-perspective-resources-for-educators

We know teaching the events of January 6, 2021—which are not a “moment,” but the product of a long history—presents a familiar, yet unusually urgent, challenge: how can students use historical knowledge and thinking to understand current crises? Here are some resources that might help. 

Need a mid-winter research recharge?Join Kristin Wenger for the online Winter Workshop: Genealogy Research in Online New...
01/07/2021

Need a mid-winter research recharge?

Join Kristin Wenger for the online Winter Workshop: Genealogy Research in Online Newspapers hosted by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Streams exclusively via Zoom.

The cost is $35. Register by February 8 at bit.ly/GenOnlineNews.

#genealogyresearch #genealogy

Paint a fraktur with traditional colors & designs and create a grain-painted frame to display your work during an online...
01/06/2021

Paint a fraktur with traditional colors & designs and create a grain-painted frame to display your work during an online workshop Saturday, January 23, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm.

Register by January 11 at bit.ly/FrakturFrame. Some materials need to be shipped to you before the event. Crucial that you register now.

Cost is $75, plus a short list of supplies.

#fraktur

Incredible opportunity! #frakturRegister at bit.ly/FrakturFrame before January 11.
01/05/2021
Winter Workshop: Fraktur & Grain-Painted Frame

Incredible opportunity! #fraktur
Register at bit.ly/FrakturFrame before January 11.

Are you fascinated with the Pennsylvanian German folk art of fraktur? Have you always wanted to try it for yourself? Attend our online workshop on Saturday, January 23, 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Paint a fraktur with traditional colors & designs and create a grain painted frame to display your work. Fo...

01/01/2021

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My great grandmother was Francis Herr, I found out through Ancestry that she is connected to the Hans Herr families. Since then I’ve been trying to connect more dots in my family tree.
My brother, Tom Martin, put together this family history and just shared it on FB. My grandmother Martin, who lived to be 108 and was clear thinking until almost the very end of her life in 1982, was born with the surname Witmer. There are many different Witmer families in Lancaster County, but hers was one of the earliest. Her ancestors who settled here included French Huguenots, Swiss Anabaptist Brethren, and some German Reformed faithful. September 24, 1747, a Synod, or “Coetus," of the “Reformed Ministerium of the German Congregations in Pennsylvania,” was organized in Philadelphia. Zeltenreich’s Reformed Church, in what is now Upper Leacock Township, was represented at this Coetus by its pastor, John Bartholomew Rieger, and an elder, whose name was John Philip Ranck. John Philip Ranck had been born April 3rd, 1704, in Neckerau, near Mannheim, Germany. John Philip had been given about 243 acres east of land belonging to his older brother, John Michael Ranck, who had come to America one year earlier. These two farms lay just southeast of present day New Holland, extending eastward past what now is Blue Ball and East Earl to the small village called Fetterville. He died in 1785. My grandmother’s grandmother was born a Ranck, the great granddaughter of this same John Philip Ranck, the German Reformed immigrant who at age 43 was an elder of Zeltenreich Reformed church in 1747. Hans Herr, an early Mennonite pastor whose namesake house still stands as the oldest remaining residential structure in Lancaster County, was our direct ancestor as well. My grandmother’s paternal grandmother was Barbara Amanda Herr, a great granddaughter of Hans Herr, or “Zher.” His ancestors fled from a small Swiss village called Blumenstein in the Bernese countryside. His wife was daughter of one of Switzerland's seventeenth century Anabaptist leaders, Hans Lötscher. Benjamin Witmer, also called Benedictus Widmar, who came to America in 1716, was a Mennonite bishop. He was granted land east of what today is the city of Lancaster, and donated the land now the Mellinger Mennonite cemetery along what now is route 462, formerly the Lincoln Highway. Benjamin’s great grandson was named David Witmer and he founded what today is Paradise, Pennsylvania. It was David’s grandson, after the family left the Mennonites and became Episcopal (reportedly over having springs on his carriage), who went to war for the union cause around 1863 and settled in Nottoway County, Virginia, where my grandmother was born in 1874.
Artwork of Hans Herr House (my 8th great grandfather) in summer/winter by Leonardo Viano (my grandfather-in-law) from late 1980's.
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Hans Herr is my 9 times great grandfather! I have to come visit! 😀
Hi. My name is Ryan Jackson and I am originally from Ohio. I am a descendant of the Herr family as my paternal grandmother was a Herr. I visited the museum back in 2016 and have been fascinated by the house and the furnishings. I am working on getting the German script on the 5-sided cast iron stove translated. This is the stove in the attic. I was able to get 2 pictures of the stove but some of the script is very difficult to read. Would you be willing to take some pictures of the stove for me? I am more than happy to share with you the translation of the script. Warm regards, Ryan Jackson
We would love to come out and recover historical relics from the grounds of the house for you to display! This service is free of charge and all relics that we find are immediately given to you to display in the house, preserve, and teach with for future generations. We have an excellent reputation and great references! We are located in Springfield Township, Pennsylvania. We are in the Quakertown area. We have recovered thousands of relics for our customers over the years. We have worked with many historical societies such as Springfield Township, Durham Township, Hilltown Township, Concord Township, etc. Please feel free to call, text, or email to set up a meeting. We also love to give free historical presentations! Our presentations are very informative and we literally bring hundreds of relics to view. [email protected] 267-272-2500 You can follow us on Twitter as well...https://mobile.twitter.com/PennsylvaniaHi3 https://m.facebook.com/pahistoricalrecoveryservices/?ref=bookmarks
Coming Soon: The Swiss beginnings of „pioneer settler“ Hans Herr in Pennsylvania. About myths, legends and new insights - More on https://mennonitica.ch/die-schweizer-anfaenge-von-pionier-siedler-hans-herr-in-pennsylvania-von-mythen-legenden-und-neuen-einsichten/
My son Colton and I during our visit in March! Direct descendants!