History Needs You

At the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, we want to finish in the black by December 31! To do so, we need to raise $70,000 for the annual fund by December 31. We have raised $42,876 so far. Can you help us?

It doesn’t matter whether you are a member who pays an annual membership fee, or you attend an Anabaptist congregation, or you are a friend in the broader community. Your support will show your eagerness to join us in educating others about the history of Anabaptist faith communities determined to build a peaceable, just, and hopeful world!

In the past year, two major themes guided planning of Society events! Let me give examples of these themes.

Theme one: Telling the global Anabaptist story. After the Mennonite World Conference Assembly, four diverse Anabaptist leaders reflected on the topic of “How in the World Have We Changed?” among sixty-three people who gathered in late 2015 at the Lancaster Brethren in Christ Church. The event helped constituents create a vision of hope for a faith community that embraces people from all nations.

Theme two: Sharing personal histories. Just two weeks ago, 350 people gathered at Landisville Mennonite Church to hear stories that Janet Breneman, former pastor and missionary, and Charles Longenecker, retired biology teacher at Lancaster Mennonite School, told about their lives. Their stories were filled with reminders of how God is present in each of our life journeys, imbuing them with purpose!

We are deeply grateful that many of you can be part of our local programs but are also appreciative of the generous financial contributions you give to the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society.

To donate, visit this page, or mail your contribution to Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, PA 17602. All funds will go toward the annual fund. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible, and you will receive a receipt for your gift.

Thank you!

Rolando L. Santiago, executive director

Mennonites, Businesses, and Ethics Instruction

Jessica King

In 1993, the Mennonite Economic Development Agency began ASSETS Lancaster as a pilot domestic economic-development program driven by Mennonite values. Since then it has retained a core of business instruction and mentoring while also branching out to microlending, social enterprise training, and more. Join ASSETS and the Historical Society at 7 pm on November 7 at Neffsville Mennonite Church for a panel discussion, “The Future Has No Bottom Lines.” Participating will be three ASSETS alumni: Charlie Crystle, CEO of the Lancaster Food Company; Peter Barber, co-owner of Two Dudes Painting Company; and Jennie Groff, co-owner of the Stroopie Company. The panel will be moderated by Jessica King, executive director of ASSETS Lancaster.

Book Talk and Signing with Urbane Peachey


Join the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society for a presentation and book signing with Urbane Peachey, author of the new memoir More Than One Thing Is True:  Agony and Ecstasy below Cloud 9, at 7 pm on Thursday, November 3, at West Bethany Chapel in Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz.

Urbane Peachey’s memoir illuminates themes that rise out of many rich life experiences. He had four different assignments with Mennonite Central Committee, in twenty-six years, 1960-1986. From 1975-1981, he was administrator in Akron for Middle East Programs. From 1986 to 2000, Urbane served as lead pastor at Akron Mennonite Church.

Maize and Snitz Festival


Come to the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society for the opening of their annual sale of handcrafted goods. Meet the artists, listen to live music, and enjoy light refreshments while perusing traditional art. Freshly baked pies will also be available for purchase. The reception takes places from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, November 18 at the Society, 2215 Millstream Rd., Lancaster, Pa.

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