Delve into the utilitarian beauty of old order meetinghouses
Join us at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, for a talk and book signing with author Beth Oberholtzer and photographer John Herr on their recently released book,Plain Meetinghouses: Lancaster County Old Order Mennonites Gather to Worship. The talk will be held at the Martindale Mennonite Fellowship Center, 352 Martindale Road, Ephrata, Pa.
Recent Book Signings
September 30,. 2016 with Doris J Wile
Book Signing with Doris J. Weaver Wile
Wile, daughter of C. Irvin Weaver, will give a reading and book signing of her recent memoir, A Collection of Memories: God’s Story for C. Irvin Weaver, at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 30, at Martindale Mennonite Church. C. Irvin Weaver was the Founder of Weaver’s Clothing Store in Fivepointville.
July 18, 2015, My Calling to Fulfill by John Sharp
During a century marked by two devastating world wars, Orie. O. Miller helped bring Mennonites out of rural isolation and into global engagement. Find out more about Miller’s life and work from John E. Sharp, author of “My Calling to Fulfill: The Orie O. Miller Story,” during two book signings hosted by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. The first signing is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, at Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, and the second is at 2 p.m. the same day, at the Muddy Creek Farm Library.
Sharp’s engaging narrative details Miller’s work amidst war and church conflicts. Miller helped mold the Mennonite response to these situations, addressing challenges in postwar reconstruction, alternative service, missions, refugee resettlement, insurance, and mental health reform Sharp fills his narrative with engaging stories from the entire span of Miller’s life from his childhood through college, marriage, and work life.
John E. Sharp is a teacher, author, and storyteller who currently teaches history at Hesston College. Raised on a Pennsylvania farm, he graduated from Hesston College, Goshen College, and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He has been a pastor, director of the Mennonite Church USA Historical Committee and Archives, instructor of Elderhostel classes on the Amish. He also led Anabaptist Heritage tours to Europe and Central Asia.
May 16, 2015, Poets Longenecker, Kinch, and Weaver-Kreider Read
As spring planting begins, remember that it is not only produce that grows in Lancaster County. Come and hear the poetry of Chris Longenecker, Eileen R. Kinch, and Elizabeth Weaver-Kreider, who have been rooted in the county. Each will read poems and sign their books at an event hosted by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Freiman Stoltzfus Gallery, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster, Pa.
Chris Longenecker composes and memorizes poetry aurally, mostly while walking. She served as Poet Laureate of Lancaster County (an honor given by the Lancaster Literary Guild) from 2012 to 2014. Her book of poetry, “How Trees Must Feel,” was published in 2011.
Eileen R. Kinch grew up in Lancaster County, where she still resides. Her book of poetry, “Gathering the Silence,” was published in 2013. Kinch was a featured reader at the Lancaster Poetry Exchange in 2010 and 2013.
Elizabeth Weaver-Kreider lives, farms, and writes at Goldfinch Farm, a family-run vegetable CSA near the Susquehanna River. She teaches high school English at Lancaster Mennonite School and occasionally leads worship and singing at Blossom Hill Mennonite Church. Weaver-Kreider has published two books of poetry, “Holding the Bowl of the Heart” (2014), and “The Song of the Toad and the Mockingbird” (2013), both under her own imprint, Skunk Holler Poetryworks.
Authors to Read at Hinkletown Mennonite School
Authors to Read at Hinkletown Mennonite School
Looking for an evening outing to feed your mind? Join the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and Hinkletown Mennonite School for an evening of storytelling with Becky McGurrin and Romaine Stauffer on Friday, November 6 at 7 p.m. McGurrin will read from her recent book, “Somewhere in the Skies,” a soul-stirring story about a farming accident in the Shenandoah Valley. Stauffer will read from her new children’s book “Esther Starts from Home,” a delightful collection of stories from the author’s memory of growing up. There will also be live music provided by alumni of Hinkletown Mennonite School.
Becky McGurrin was born to Irish Catholic parents in Buffalo, New York. She graduated from the Buffalo City Honors School and got a B.S. in Chemistry Education from Canisius College. She married Joseph McGurrin in 1982 and together they raised and homeschooled their four children. While the children were still young, the McGurrins felt called by God to leave their home and culture to join the conservative Mennonites in Virginia.
McGurrin has worked on the teams that produced Christian Light’s Sunrise Math and Summer Bible School curricula and has published five book-length works of creative nonfiction, including “Adopted,” “Emma,” “Just Plain Becky,” and “Somewhere in the Skies.” She currently lives in West Virginia with her husband and two unmarried sons where she writes in her sunny yellow office on a ridge of the Allegheny Mountains. Her oldest two children have married and are busy raising the four grandchildren.
Born near Ephrata, Pa., Romaine Stauffer attended Ephrata Mennonite and Lancaster Mennonite Schools where her favorite subjects were history and reading. These interests naturally complemented each other and lent themselves to her writing hobby. She married Leroy Stauffer of Berks County in 1967 and still lives there, having raised six children born from 1968-1983, in addition to 10 grandchildren. She is a member of Fairhaven Mennonite Church (Mid-Atlantic Mennonite Fellowship) in Myerstown, Pa.
Stauffer wrote children’s Sunday school lessons for Christian Light Publications for 25 years as well as many short stories for all ages published by Christian Light. “Esther Starts From Home” is her tenth book and second book of stories for children. Her previous children’s book is “Crayonbox Collection.” Other books include: “Hidden Riches,” “Circle of Love,” “Sandi’s Anchor of Hope,” “Annie’s Day of Light,” “A Home for Sarah,” and “Aaron’s Civil War.” She has also written two church history books.
Following the program, there will be a Freebie Book Fair, with Hinkletown Mennonite School giving out books from the library overstock, doubles, and surplus from classroom libraries.
Hinkletown Mennonite School is located at 272 Wanner Road, Ephrata, Pa. The event will take place in the school’s gymnasium.
October 6, 2016, signing with Ken Reed
Book Signing with Ken Reed
Join the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society for a presentation and book signing with Ken Reed, author of the new novel Both My Sons, at 7 pm on Thursday, October 6, at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road., Lancaster.
Both My Sons is about Mennonites who migrated from the Palatinate in modern Germany to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in the mid-1700s.
Reed is also the author of the popular novel Mennonite Soldier (1974)