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Mennonite Heritage Center
Conference Related Ministries (CRM) Profile: Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania
Our mission is: To educate, inspire and witness to the church and community by collecting, preserving and sharing the Anabaptist/Mennonite story.
Be a Part of History!
The Mennonite Heritage Center is inviting persons from our Mennonite communities to help by responding to a Coronavirus Crisis Survey …
Food – Heritage, Sustenance, Culture, Celebration, Community
Raising crops and preparing and preserving food was, and still is, a keen reminder that we are dependent on the Lord for the harvest each year.
Bible makes 50-year, 7000-mile roundtrip
by Mennonite Heritage Center staff In 1953, at the end of the Korean War, Mennonites opened a vocational school in Kyungsan, South Korea to educate homeless orphaned boys. Mennonites in the United […]
Youth Gather for Outdoor Worship
by Lora Steiner, managing editor Youth from Franconia Conference and Eastern District gathered on Sunday, June 1, for an afternoon of worship, celebration, and inspiration. The event, held under tents […]
Worship event to foster connection among youth
by Sheldon C. Good HARLEYSVILLE, Pa. – Franconia and Eastern District Conferences are hosting junior and senior high youth this June at an event that will feature elements very similar […]
A window into the life of some Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonites
“A first-born and only son, I opened my eyes in a sprawling 122-year-old farmhouse along a pleasant creek in southeastern Pennsylvania,” writes Mennonite historian, John Landis Ruth, in his forthcoming book, Branch: A Memoir with Pictures. As eighty-three year old Ruth tells his story through photos and essays, readers get a rich glimpse of his life but also the Mennonite family and community in which he was raised.
Lois Gunden Clemens named Righteous Among the Nations
July 18, 2013: Press Release from Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem recently recognized Lois Gunden, an American Mennonite who helped save Jewish children while in France during the Holocaust, as Righteous Among the Nations.
Gunden will be posthumously honored in a ceremony that will take place in the United States, in which her niece, Mary Jean Gunden will accept the medal and certificate of honor on her behalf.
Barns dismantled, rebuilt at Mennonite Heritage Center
by Bob Keeler, firstname.lastname@example.org, originally posted on June 11 by the News Herald, reposted by permission. As Mike Hart went through the lumber from one of two local barns that […]
Whack & Roll Tournament raises funds for non-profits
Dan Lapp, Director of Development for the Mennonite Heritage Center, had a brainstorm several years ago about using a favorite backyard game as a fundraising event. This led to Whack & Roll Croquet Tournaments on the lawn of the Heritage Center each summer for the last four years.
Croquet has been a favorite summer pastime in southeastern Pennsylvania for many years. Accounts of croquet history vary, but it is thought the game began in Ireland and was introduced to England in the mid-nineteenth-century. The game traveled to America, and by 1882 an official National American Croquet Association was formed. Croquet was even played in the 1904 Olympics. For most, however, croquet was played in back yards on Sunday afternoons and it is still a favorite activity at summer get-togethers and family reunions.
Global Faith: Local Context Class scheduled for March 2012 at the Mennonite Heritage Center
The Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, announces a class on “Global Faith: Local Context” scheduled for Thursday evening March 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2012 from 6:30-9:15 pm. […]
New fruit, rooted in history at the Mennonite Heritage Center
by Sarah Heffner, Hereford The Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville, and Eastern Mennonite Seminary cosponsored a class on Anabaptist History and Theology: An Introduction to Basic Themes and Perspectives on four […]