Society to hold Book Auction at Groffdale Mennonite Church

The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society will conduct a featured book auction in the fellowship hall of the Groffdale Mennonite Church on October 15, 2016, starting at 9 am. The church is located at 168 North Groffdale Road, Leola, Pa.

Approximately seven hundred lots of books will be sold, including many books from the collection of the late Philip Nolt. Nolt, an LMHS member, aspired to be a volunteer for the Society, but his life was sadly cut short by illness. A lifelong member of Groffdale church, he collected many books of interest to people who live in that area.

The auction will also include books of Christian fiction, theology, travel, hymnals, and general interest. Also included are nineteen volumes from the Believers’ Church Commentary. Catalogs will be printed in September. For more information, please call the Society at 717-393-9745.

Annual Storytelling Night

combinedHear life stories from Charlie Longenecker, former biology teacher at Lancaster Mennonite High School, and Janet Breneman, teacher, writer and pastor, at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 12 at Landisville Mennonite Church, 3320 Bowman Rd., Landisville, Pa. Learn more here.

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.

The Trail of Greenywalt’s Boys

Join Ken Reed in visiting sites relating both to the Mennonite and Scots-Irish communities on Saturday, October 8. Reed will look at how these two groups of religious refugees lived uneasily next to one another. Reed is also the author of the forthcoming historical fiction novel Both my Sons (Greenywalt’s Boys) that explores Mennonites during the Revolutionary War. He previously authored Mennonite Soldier and He Flew Too High. Registration for this tour is due September 8. Tickets cost $75 for Society members and $90 for nonmembers. Reserve your spot online at or by calling (717) 393-9745. Find out more here.

Pennsylvania German Classes

Open for registration now! Beginner classes run Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., from September 15 through November 17. Intermediate classes are on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., September 17 through November 19. To register, visit or call (717) 393-9745.

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