Novel imagines early Pennsylvania immigrant, age 8
Mennonite magazine editor Everett J. Thomas will spoke, answered questions and signed copies of his new historical novel, Johann, on Friday, October 26 at Landis Homes Retirement Community.
Thomas, editor of a bimonthly magazine of the Mennonite Church USA, wrote the fictionalized account based one of his ancestors, 8-year old Johann Thomas.
Johann immigrated to Pennsylvania with his parents and other Palatine Mennonites in 1747. Escaping persecution in Europe, the family arrived just in time to experience the end of the Society of Friends’ (Quaker) control of the Pennsylvania legislature, with pacifism as official state policy toward Native Americans. The novel traces Johann’s next ten years through the unfolding French and Indian War.
“Johann is grounded in a clear sense of place, with vividly drawn nautical motifs,” said Goshen College history professor John D. Roth. “A very enjoyable read!”
Johann is available at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society bookstore for $8.95.
A Mennonite read on the Civil War
Local Mennonite author Romaine Stauffer gave a short talk and signed copies of her new book, Aaron’s Civil War, at three events on Friday, June 15.
Aaron’s Civil War is a historical novel about a young man who defies his family and childhood faith to fight in the U.S. Civil War.
Aaron’s Civil War is available at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society bookstore for $7.50.
Harvard medical school dean signs memoir
A leader in American medicine, Dr. Joseph B. Martin, spoke briefly and signed copies of his book, Alfalfa to Ivy: Memoir of a Harvard Medical School Dean, at two Landis Homes Retirement Community and LMHS on April 19 and 20.
Alfalfa to Ivy chronicles Martin’s journey from a Canadian Mennonite farm family to the highest levels of academic leadership.
“This book is a must read for anyone interested in the radical evolution of medicine in the United States that began in the second half of the twentieth century,” said Dr. Eric Kandel, 2000 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine.
Alfalfa to Ivy: Memoir of a Harvard Medical School Dean is available from Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society bookstore for $34.95.
Zwieback Trail leads authors to Lancaster
Author Lisa Weaver and designers Judith Rempel Smucker and Julie Kauffman gave a short presentation, answered questions and signed their new children’s book On the Zwieback Trail at Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Saturday, April 7.
On the Zwieback Trail: A Russian Mennonite Alphabet of Stories, Recipes and Historical Events devotes each letter of the alphabet to a different aspect of Russian Mennonite history, including the origin of Mennonite Central Committee, the history of the Mennonite people in Russia and the role of non-violence in the Russian Mennonite tradition.
“We hope that this book will spark family conversations about faith and cultural heritage,” said Weaver. “We made the information accessible to children but inviting to adults as well.”
The signing included Faspa, which the book defines as “a late afternoon snack or light meal.” Zwieback, a yeast roll popular with Russian Mennonites, was served.
On the Zwieback Trail is available from Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society for $24.