“Mellinger Matters: A Collection of Family Resources and Church Records” is now available for purchase through the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Containing more than 2,400 pages of scanned documents, this collection provides a wealth of information for genealogists and Cocalico Valley historians. Seven PDF files on a flash drive include records of Mellinger Evangelical Lutheran Church (Stevens, Pa.) and the former Mellinger Union Church and Cemetery, as well as unpublished notes of genealogists C. Mervin Mellinger and Ruth N. Mellinger on the Mellinger family and others. Also included is an introduction and detailed listing of contents.
Most of the credit for gathering these resources belongs to Scott A. Mellinger, who for years has been researching the Mellinger family in the Cocalico Valley of Lancaster County and elsewhere. Without his work and encouragement to publish this material, the project likely never would have been completed.
“Mellinger Matters” can be purchased at the Society’s bookstore at Millstream Road or online.
Annual Storytelling Night
Auction of Rare & Used Books
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society sponsors six auctions per year of consigned or donated rare, out-of-print and used books. The next auction will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, September 11, at the Society. Information can also be obtained by calling (717) 393-9745. Mail-in bids are accepted through 4 pm, Thursday, September 10. No absentee bids under $10 will be accepted.
Discover Hispanic Mennonites
Join the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society for a field trip and go back in time when several hundred folks arrived in Lancaster County PA from Puerto Rico to work in summer harvesting of tomatoes from about 1950 to 1964. See their early lodging places, work sites, and places of worship. Hear first person accounts of initial experiences. The trip runs on Saturday, October 31, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more here.
Pa. German Dialect Classes
Learn Pennsylvania German, the language now most associated with the Plain communities but once spoken widely by descendants of German Lutheran and Reformed immigrants as well. Take a beginners or intermediate courses in Pennsylvania German, September through November. See more details here.