Mellinger Matters

“Mellinger Matters: A Collection of Family Resources and Church Records” is now available for purchase through the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Containing more than 2,400 pages of scanned documents, this collection provides a wealth of information for genealogists and Cocalico Valley historians. Seven PDF files on a flash drive include records of Mellinger Evangelical Lutheran Church (Stevens, Pa.) and the former Mellinger Union Church and Cemetery, as well as unpublished notes of genealogists C. Mervin Mellinger and Ruth N. Mellinger on the Mellinger family and others. Also included is an introduction and detailed listing of contents.

Most of the credit for gathering these resources belongs to Scott A. Mellinger, who for years has been researching the Mellinger family in the Cocalico Valley of Lancaster County and elsewhere. Without his work and encouragement to publish this material, the project likely never would have been completed.

“Mellinger Matters” can be purchased at the Society’s bookstore at Millstream Road or online.

Volunteers Needed

The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is looking for volunteers to assist visitors in the library on a regular basis. The work involves orienting patrons to the library and its resources, helping visitors to find information in the library and archives, and answering telephone calls at the reference desk. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn while volunteering, especially for those interested in family, church, and local history. Familiarity with computers and willingness to learn helpful. For more information contact Steve Ness (Tel.: 393-9745; Email:

Discover Hispanic Mennonites

Join the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society for a field trip and go back in time when several hundred folks arrived in Lancaster County PA from Puerto Rico to work in summer harvesting of tomatoes from about 1950 to 1964.  See their early lodging places, work sites, and places of worship.  Hear first person accounts of initial experiences. The trip runs on Saturday, October 31, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more here.

How in the world have we changed?

worship Mennonite and Brethren in Christ leaders share reflections on Mennonite World Conference PA 2015 and how the global Anabaptist community has changed in the last 50 years.

Pa. German Dialect Classes

Al Keim book auction items, April 2011

Learn Pennsylvania German, the language now most associated with the Plain communities but once spoken widely by descendants of German Lutheran and Reformed immigrants as well. Take a beginners or intermediate courses in Pennsylvania German, September through November. See more details here.

Auction of Rare & Used Books

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society sponsors six auctions per year of consigned or donated rare, out-of-print and used books. The next auction will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, November 13, at the Society.  Information can also be obtained by calling (717) 393-9745. Mail-in bids are accepted through 4 pm, Thursday, November 12. No absentee bids under $10 will be accepted. Find a full auction catalog and more information here.

Authors to Read at Hinkletown Mennonite School

Authors webJoin the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and Hinkletown Mennonite School for an evening of storytelling with Becky McGurrin and Romaine Stauffer on Friday, November 6 at 7 p.m. There will also be live music provided by alumni of Hinkletown Mennonite School. Learn more here.