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The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society will be closed on Saturday, July 4.

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 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.

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:

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.

38th Annual Meeting of the Juniata Mennonite Historical Society
July 18, 2015   9 AM
Lost Creek Mennonite Church
2682 Long Road, Mifflintown, Pennsylvania 17059
Swiss-German Origins of Family and Faith – Linden Showalter, Waynesboro, PA
The Mennonite Story in the Netherlands – Onijdes Sijtsma – Berlikum, Friesland, Netherlands
(Onijdes is a Mennonite historian and Anabaptist book collector who lives a few miles from Witmarsum, the home of Menno Simons. Come and hear his personal journey of faith and the saga of the Dutch Mennonites.)
12 noon  – lunch
1 PM - European Anabaptist and Ancestral Homestead Sites- Benjamin K. Beiler
Lunch provided by Weaver’s Countryside Market ($8.50)
For more information, call the Historical Center at 717-694-3211 or  Betty Ann Landis 717-444-3466
Alleghenyville Mennonite Meetinghouse

Chester Weaver, a schoolteacher in a Beachy Amish school in Lagrange, Indiana, will speak on  “Swiss Brethren vs. Dutch Mennonite Concepts of the Church”  at the annual Outdoor Historical and Inspirational Meeting at the 1855 Allegheny Mennonite Meetinghouse, 39 Horning Road, Alleghenyville, PA on  Sunday, July 19 at 6:30 PM . The Earl Fox Family will provide special music. Please bring a Church and  Sunday  School Hymnal and your lawn chair. For more information, e-mail or call 717-278-8459 

Brubaker Families of America
Annual Brubaker Families of America Reunion,  Sunday, August 2, 2015  at the former Parish Resource Center, 633 Community Way, Lancaster, Pa 17603
Check the web site for more information.  Program will be 2 cousins sharing on “Saving our Heritage of Heirlooms” and Exploring our Brubaker Heritage in Switzerland and the Rhine Valley” with pictures of recent visit. If you want to reserve seating and a lunch call Jane Barge at 717-393-4639 or email at .  Visiting with cousins  11am-12am  with cafeteria style lunch available only with prior reservations.  Anyone with Brubaker in your family line somewhere...invited. 
What Young Historians Are Thinking

The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, in partnership with the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College, welcomes paper proposals for its event, What Young Historians Are Thinking. This symposium seeks to encourage young historians in their research efforts and to provide them with a venue in which to share their findings.

Interested researchers should submit a 250-word proposal for a 20-minute paper to be given at the symposium. Three proposals will be chosen for this opportunity. Please submit via email to   or via postal mail to Joel Nofziger, Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, PA 17602.

See the call for papers for more information here.

Young Center Call for Papers

The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College welcomes proposals for its international conference “Continuity and Change: 50 Years of Amish Society”  June 9-11, 2016 . Submission deadline is  October 1, 2015 . Visit  for details.

My Calling to Fulfill: The Orie O. Miller Story Book signing

On Saturday, July 18, the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society will hold two book signing’s with John Sharp about his recently release book about the founder of Mennonite Central Committee. The first will be held at 10 a.m. at Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, PA, and the second will be at 2 p.m. at the Muddy Creek Farm Library, 296 Wheat Ridge Dr., Ephrata, PA.

Bookworm Frolic

Come to the Bookworm Frolic and discover over 40,000 books in 25 different categories. This years frolic takes place from 9 AM–7PM Tuesday, August 11, through Friday, August 15 and 9 AM–4PM on Saturday, August 15. This year, the frolic opens a day early for an Early Bird Special. Learn more.

Music in the Orchard

Music in the the Orchard continues to provide local music at the 1719 Hans Herr House. The next concert features Marty Shaughnessy & The Stars are Spies, with an opening by Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart, starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. Tickets cost $8. Visit www. for more information. Concerts continue on July 11, August 1 and 15.

Folk Art Fun for Kids and Adults

This summer, the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum is beginning a new program introducing traditional Pennsylvania German skills: Folk Art for Kids and Adults. This series features five classes, ranging from Fraktur and Scherenschnitte to hearth cooking, blacksmithing, and tape weaving, each designed for a child to learn together with an accompanying adult.
The next class is "Weaving for Kids and Adults" which teaches girls, their dolls, and an adult companion how to weave ribbon and tape on a simple loom. This beginner course runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15.Registration costs $25 per pair, and is due July 15. Learn more at

Please note that Music in the Orchard will be held rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will move to the implement shed. In the case of severe weather, a decision to cancel would be made by 3 p.m. Saturday.

Hispanic Mennonites of Lancaster County, Pa.

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.  Discover the changes as their families arrived. The trip runs on Saturday, October 31, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register here.

About Lancaster Roots 2015

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

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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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