History Needs You

At the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, we want to finish in the black by December 31! To do so, we need to raise $70,000 for the annual fund by December 31. We have raised $42,876 so far. Can you help us?

It doesn’t matter whether you are a member who pays an annual membership fee, or you attend an Anabaptist congregation, or you are a friend in the broader community. Your support will show your eagerness to join us in educating others about the history of Anabaptist faith communities determined to build a peaceable, just, and hopeful world!

In the past year, two major themes guided planning of Society events! Let me give examples of these themes.

Theme one: Telling the global Anabaptist story. After the Mennonite World Conference Assembly, four diverse Anabaptist leaders reflected on the topic of “How in the World Have We Changed?” among sixty-three people who gathered in late 2015 at the Lancaster Brethren in Christ Church. The event helped constituents create a vision of hope for a faith community that embraces people from all nations.

Theme two: Sharing personal histories. Just two weeks ago, 350 people gathered at Landisville Mennonite Church to hear stories that Janet Breneman, former pastor and missionary, and Charles Longenecker, retired biology teacher at Lancaster Mennonite School, told about their lives. Their stories were filled with reminders of how God is present in each of our life journeys, imbuing them with purpose!

We are deeply grateful that many of you can be part of our local programs but are also appreciative of the generous financial contributions you give to the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society.

To donate, visit this page, or mail your contribution to Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, PA 17602. All funds will go toward the annual fund. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible, and you will receive a receipt for your gift.

Thank you!

Rolando L. Santiago, executive director

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 Urbane Peachey


Join the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society for a presentation and book signing with Urbane Peachey, author of the new memoir More Than One Thing Is True:  Agony and Ecstasy below Cloud 9, at 7 pm on Thursday, November 3, at West Bethany Chapel in Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz.

Urbane Peachey’s memoir illuminates themes that rise out of many rich life experiences. He had four different assignments with Mennonite Central Committee, in twenty-six years, 1960-1986. From 1975-1981, he was administrator in Akron for Middle East Programs. From 1986 to 2000, Urbane served as lead pastor at Akron Mennonite Church.

Mennonites, Businesses, and Ethics Instruction

Jessica King

In 1993, the Mennonite Economic Development Agency began ASSETS Lancaster as a pilot domestic economic-development program driven by Mennonite values. Since then it has retained a core of business instruction and mentoring while also branching out to microlending, social enterprise training, and more. Join ASSETS and the Historical Society at 7 pm on November 7 at Neffsville Mennonite Church for a panel discussion, “The Future Has No Bottom Lines.” Participating will be three ASSETS alumni: Charlie Crystle, CEO of the Lancaster Food Company; Peter Barber, co-owner of Two Dudes Painting Company; and Jennie Groff, co-owner of the Stroopie Company. The panel will be moderated by Jessica King, executive director of ASSETS Lancaster.

Featured Book Auction


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 9:00 am and conclude around 2:00 pm. Groffdale Church is located at 168 North Groffdale Road, Leola, Pa. 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.

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