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LMHS Genealogy Database Reaches a Milestone

Thanks to the diligent work of our volunteers, our genealogical database now contains more than 100,000 individuals! Our volunteers have been systematically abstracting genealogical content from past (and current) issues of Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage. This data is now available via the members-only section of the website .

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. 

  • Census & Voter Lists
  • Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates
  • Military Records
  • Immigration & Travel Documents
  • Family Trees 
  • Newspapers & Publications 
  • Schools, Directories & Church Histories 
  • Stories, Memoirs & Personal Histories 
  • Tax, Criminal and Land Records and Wills
  • Reference Books, Dictionaries & Almanacs 
  • Pictures 
  • Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
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.

Holiday Hours

December 24: closing at 3 pm

December 25: closed

December 26: regular hours

December 31: closing at 3 pm

January 1: closed

January 2: regular hours

Book auction schedule Change

The bimonthly auction of rare and used books is changing its schedule for 2015. It will now run on odd months, starting January 9. Visit the book auction page for a complete list of dates.

Reading our Way to PA 2015

Looking to learn more about Mennonites around the world? Trying to prepare yourself for Mennonite World Conference? Pick up the Global Mennonite History series at the Society today! Also pick up your copy of Alfred Neufeld's "What We Believe Together: Exploring the Shared Convictions of Anabaptist-related Churches-available only through the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Can't make it in? Order your copies online here.

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 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).

A taste for fraktur

Become acquainted with the imagery of fraktur in this folk art class taught by Emily Smucker-Beidler on Saturday, January 17, 2015, 9 a.m. until noon at the Society. Learn more and claim your spot on the classes page.

Annual Music Night

Enjoy melodies from around the world with Annual Music Night Saturday, January 31, 2015, starting at 7 p.m. at Neffsville Mennonite Church—2371 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, Pa. The evening will feature songs from the continents of Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for students with ID, and $15 per person for households of three or more. Get your tickets here

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Pennsylvania German Folk Art Sale

8:30 am to 4:30 pm 

The annual Pennsylvania German Folk Art Sale continues through December 31 and is held at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society headquarters, 2215 Millstream Rd, Lancaster, Pa.

Abner Zook Exhibit

Abner Zook, an Amish-born artist, painted and sculpted exhilarating dioramas over five decades depicting farm work, barn raisings, church gatherings, public sales, busy train stations, and other scenes of daily life in Amish and non-Amish communities at the turn of the 20th century.  Twenty of his most select 3-D paintings from the James and Nancy Binsberger collection will be exhibited from  September 6 to December 31, 2014  at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society.  Tickets are $5 per person. The exhibit is open daily  Tuesday  through  Saturday , from  8:30 am-4:30 pm.

About Lancaster Roots 2014

Lancaster Roots is an ongoing series of community cultural events organized by Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and the 1719 Hans Herr House. For a complete list of events, go to www.LancasterRoots.org

Sponsors
Four Seasons Produce, Inc.
Landis Homes

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society preserves and interprets the culture and context of Anabaptist-related faith communities connected to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

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