Say Cheese! Family History Through Photographs
For 35 years, the Lancaster Family History Conference has brought beginning and advanced genealogists together. This year continues that tradition, providing nationally recognized researchers and quality resources conveniently located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but what secrets do they keep? Join us in learning about old photographs from Maureen Taylor, “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective.”
This year’s conference includes:
PMH Now Online!
The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is pleased to announce that, for the first time, members are able to read all of the back issues of Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage online. Every page of every issue from 1978 to 2013 is now accessible (for members only) via the Online Resources page of the LMHS website. Log in and browse the wealth of information on genealogy, local history, church history, and Pennsylvania German culture.
LMHS Genealogy Database Reaches a Milestone
If you are a member and would like access to online resources, please send an email to Peggy Erb: . Become a member here.
Access to Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com is the world’s largest online family history collection. Access is restricted to persons at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society.
Blessing of the Soil: A St. Gertrude’s Day Celebration
March 16 at 1 p.m., 22 Luckenbill Road, Kutztown PA
Join us for a blessing of the soil on March 16th at 1:00 P.M. at the newly-renovated kitchen garden of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University. A short presentation on the history and gardening customs surrounding St. Gertrude will be offered by Dr. William Woys Weaver, renowned culinary historian and author of the new book, As American As Shoefly Pie . A book signing will follow a traditional blessing of the soil to kick-off our gardening season. All are welcome, no registration is necessary. For more information call 610-683-1589, email , visit www.kutztown.edu/pgchc or find us on Facebook.
Schürch Family Association
The 2014 Schürch (Shirk, Sherk, Sherrick) Family Association Reunion will be held on August 1 and 2 at Millersville University. The Reunion provides many opportunities to have fun and learn such as:
Details of the Reunion including daily agendas and schedules, activity descriptions, fees, meals, lodging and registration forms will be available on our website (www.schurchfamilyassociation.net) or from Sue Shirk (suesbugmsn.com, 717-394-2947).
Juniata Mennonite Historical Center
Dedication and Open House, Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 9 am to be held at the Brick Church and adjoining Juniata Mennonite Historical Center, 37322 Rt 35 Richfield, PA 17086
Annual Meeting, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 9 am to be held at the Brick Church and adjoining Juniata Mennonite Historical Center, 37322 Rt 35 Richfield, PA 17086
Direct questions to Betty Ann Landis (717) 444-3466
Swiss Anabaptist Heritage Tour
A "Swiss Anabaptist Heritage Tour" is scheduled for
July 9 through July 17, 2014
, hosted by Darvin L. Martin and Jay V. Wenger. The tour features Anabaptist sites of the Canton's Bern and Zurich; includes visits to Schleitheim, Zurich, Baretswil (Anabaptist Cave), the Bernese Oberland, Thun Castle, the Emmental, Tauferversteck (Hinter Hutten), Trachsewald Castle, the City of Bern and other sites of interest. The tour includes home sites of Wengers, Martins and other Anabaptist surnames. Overnight will be in Schaffhausen, Lucerne, Wengen (the Swiss Alps), Thun, Bern and Zurich. For information, a brochure and/or to register online: http://events.SignUp4.com/
Come support the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and fellowship with Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, as he reflects on: “can the quiet in the land keep their peace?” The banquet will be held Saturday, April 5, starting at 6 p.m. at Yoder’s Restaurant in New Holland. Tickets avaliable here.
Folk Art Tour and Pennsylvania Dutch Dinner
Take a tour of Lancaster County Old Order Mennonite Folk Arts on Saturday, April 12, 5 – 9 pm, leaving from the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Buck wagons will ferry participants between the extended Hoover family farms and workshops of painters, carvers, and woodworkers. The evening will conclude with a Pennsylvania Dutch dinner. See here or call 717-393-9745 for tickets.
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society preserves and interprets the culture and context of Anabaptist-related faith communities connected to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.