Stories Connect Across Boundaries

Jean Kilheffer Hess It’s a Wednesday evening at Garden Spot Village (GSV) and the chapel is filling quickly, the air vibrating with an anticipatory buzz. What “must see” brings 265 friends and neighbors to this annual May series, a partnership between GSV and LMHS?...

Everyday Surprises

Jean Kilheffer Hess About 1,500 people come through the Historical Society doors each month. Surprised? You may also be surprised that web users view more than 17,000 pages of our online resources monthly, many pursuing research in our unique collections. Our staff...

Good Circulation

Jean Kilheffer Hess If you imagine an organization as a person, the head, heart, hands, and feet are staff and volunteers.  They think creatively, strategize, and get things done. The money needed to accomplish the organization’s mission is its life blood. Without...

A Family Trait

Jean Kilheffer Hess As a kid Lynette (Leaman) Brenneman sometimes joined her grandmother, Ethel (Herr) Landis, during her weekly volunteer stint at the 1719 Herr House. Ethel loved meeting new people and answering visitors’ questions about early Mennonite newcomers to...

On A Mission

Jean Kilheffer Hess Several years ago a friend and I started a book club focused on professional development. When my turn came to pick the book, I chose the Steven Covey classic 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. You’ve likely encountered phrases this book...

A Mentor Makes All the Difference

Jean Kilheffer Hess, executive director I didn’t have the guts to be a history major in college. The eighteen-year-old version of me couldn’t quite grasp what job might be at the end of four years of studying history. By blessed coincidence I did have the opportunity...