Please be aware that the second half of the Genealogical Card File is currently unavailable to researchers. In order to better serve our our members and other genealogists, the cards for surnames from Li to Z are being scanned offsite. We expect them to return by the end of August. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
PMH Now Online!
The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is pleased to announce that, for the first time, members are able to read all of the back issues of Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage online. Every page of every issue from 1978 to 2013 is now accessible (for members only) via the Online Resources page of the LMHS website. Log in and browse the wealth of information on genealogy, local history, church history, and Pennsylvania German culture.
LMHS Genealogy Database Reaches a Milestone
If you are a member and would like access to online resources, please send an email to Peggy Erb: . Become a member here.
Access to Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com is the world’s largest online family history collection. Access is restricted to persons at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society.
The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is hiring someone to work two days a week to provide support to the library, archives, Family History Conference Committee, and assist with volunteer recruitment, assignment and scheduling. The deadline for submission of application and resumé has been extended to Friday, August 8, 2014. Click here for job description and application form. Contact Steve Ness at 717-393-9745 or at for additional information.
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 with an interest in family, church, and local history. Help is needed on Tuesdays (morning and/or afternoon). Familiarity with computers and willingness to learn would be helpful. For more information contact Steve Ness (Tel.: 393-9745; Email: snesslmhs.org).
Schürch Family Association
The 2014 Schürch (Shirk, Sherk, Sherrick) Family Association Reunion will be held on August 1 and 2 at Millersville University. The Reunion provides many opportunities to have fun and learn such as:
Details of the Reunion including daily agendas and schedules, activity descriptions, fees, meals, lodging and registration forms will be available on our website (www.schurchfamilyassociation.net) or from Sue Shirk (suesbugmsn.com, 717-394-2947).
Lancaster Longhouse Benefit Concert
Acclaimed native American performer Joanne Shenandoah will perform a benefit concert at the Fulton Theatre on August 30, starting at 7 p.m. More information here.
Hazel's People Field Trip
Many local Mennonites were involved in making this film forty years ago. At that time, many in the church community were not sure Mennonites should be involved in filmmaking, especially since Hollywood actors were part of the cast. Join the tour of making “Hazel’s People” on September 13. Visit locations at which the full-length feature was filmed, share memories, and reflect on whether we are still Hazel’s People.
Tickets cost $75 per member, $85 for nonmembers and are available here. A light lunch is included.
Hispanic Mennonites of Lancaster County
Go back in time when several hundred folks of Puerto Rico arrived in Lancaster County PA to work in summer harvesting of tomatoes from about 1950-64. See their early lodging places, work sites, and places of worship. Hear first person stories of initial experiences.
Light lunch included in trip.
Guides: Ramona Rivera Santiago and Joanne Hess Siegrist
$55 Member and $60 Nonmember
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society preserves and interprets the culture and context of Anabaptist-related faith communities connected to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.