The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society will conduct a featured book auction in the fellowship hall of the Groffdale Mennonite Church on Saturday, October 15, 2016. The sale will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude around 2 p.m. Groffdale Mennonite Church is located at 168 North Groffdale Road, Leola, Pa.

Exactly 684 lots of books will be sold, including 166 lots from the collection of the late Philip Nolt, who died in December 2015. A lifelong member of Groffdale Church, Nolt owned a book collection that included many books of interest to people who live the area. Food will be available at the sale, and profits from it will be used to help pay hospital bills of community members.

The sale features the two-volume set of “Unser Leit” in new condition, a five-volume set of “Mennonite Encyclopedia,” and Paton Yoder’s “Tradition & Transition.” Other Mennonite history books include Daniel Kolb Cassel’s “History of the Mennonites” and Wilmer J. Eshleman’s “A History of the Reformed Mennonite Church.”

A fine collection of “The New Holland Line” periodical series will be of special interest to local people.

For genealogists, there are the Wenger and Baughman books.

Lovers of literature will take note of “The Works of Thomas Hardy” and eleven books from the pen of Christmas Carol Kauffman, including “Dannie of Cedar Cliffs” and “For One Moment.”

Theological works include ten books from the “Believers Church Bible Commentary” series and Menno Simons’ “A Foundation and Plain Instruction of the Saving Doctrine. . . .”

Also selling is a book about the Johnstown flood, books about trains and railroads, and several about fire engines.

Catalogs can be accessed online. Printed catalogs are available free in the LMHS bookstore. To receive a catalog by mail, please send $5.00 to Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, PA 17602. Mail-in bids are due October 13. No absentee bids under $10 will be accepted. For more information, call 717-393-9745.

Book Signing with Doris J. Weaver WileIMG_1639-web

Wile, daughter of C. Irvin Weaver, will give a reading and book signing of her recent memoir, A Collection of Memories: God’s Story for C. Irvin Weaver, at 7 p.m.on Friday, September 30, at Martindale Mennonite Church. C. Irvin Weaver was the Founder of Weaver’s Clothing Store in Fivepointville.

Stories from Northkill: Christian’s Hope Launch


Listen to dramatic readings from Ervin Stutzman’s Return to Northkill book series in the authentic settings of a traditional Pa. German home and a Native American longhouse. This ticketed event on Saturday, October 1, 2-5 p.m. at the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum will support the fundraising efforts of the Lancaster Longhouse and include a book signing and remarks by the author, as well as traditional Pa. German and Native American refreshments. Tickets cost $50; advanced registration is due Friday, September 23. To reserve your ticket, call (717) 464-4438.

Maize and Snitz Festival


Celebrate the Eastern Woodland Native American and local PA German cultures through artisan demonstrations, traditional food and good old-fashioned fun. Maize and Snitz Festival takes place on Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum, 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street. Tickets at the site cost $10 per adult, $5 for children 7 to 12, and free for children 6 and under.

Book Talk and Signing with Ken Reed

Come to the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society for a talk and book signing event with Ken Reed, author of the new novel Both My Sons, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, at 2215 Millstream Road., Lancaster, Pa. Both My Sons is about Mennonites who migrated from the Palatinate in modern Germany to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in the mid-1700s. Reed is also the author of the popular novel Mennonite Soldier, published in 1974.

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