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 and the former Mellinger Union Church and Cemetery, as well as unpublished notes of genealogists C. Mervin Mellinger and Ruth N. Mellinger on the Mellinger family and others.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:

Pennsylvania German Folk Art Sale and Reception

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Looking for a gift for the holidays? Pick up art with local character at the Pennsylvania German Folk Art Sale this fall at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. The sale begins with an opening reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, November 20. The reception will feature an opportunity to meet the artists, see demonstrations, enjoy refreshments, and listen to music. Learn more here.

Christmas Candlelight Tours

BLacksmith Shop

Explore the role of iron in early America and get a feel for winter at the Herr House during this year’s Christmas Candlelight Tours. Tours will be held December 3 through 5. The tours run from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, December 3 and 4, and 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 5.

Holiday Hours

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society will be closed on Thursday, November 25, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal hours resume on Friday, November 26.

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.

Lancaster Roots 2016



The Lancaster Roots schedule of cultural events for next year is being finalized. Keep an eye out fo rmore information about next year’s set of interesting events.