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Book Signings Feature Amish Authors

Learn about Amish life and more when Elsie Kline and Sam S. Stoltzfus, both members of the Old Order Amish, share from their recent books. Kline is the author of “The Farm Home Cookbook” emphasizing the use of whole foods and illuminated by her ruminations on gardening, farming, family, and life. Stoltzfus has recently published “What It’s Like to Be Amish,” a memoir reflecting on life and the realities of maintaining the Amish faith.

There will be three opportunities to hear Stoltzfus and Kline speak at locations across Lancaster County.  The first is on Wednesday, October 17, at 7 p.m. at the Martindale Mennonite Fellowship Center near Hinkletown, 352 Martindale Road, Ephrata, Pennsylvania. The nextday, they will speak at 7 p.m. at the Bart Township Firehall in Georgetown, 11 Furnace Road, Quarryville, Pennsylvania. The final opportunity to hear from Kline and Stoltzfus will be on Friday, October 19, 7 p.m. at Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Sam S. Stoltzfus is well-known as an Amish historian and storyteller. Now retired from farming, he is active in the Pequea Bruderschaft Library and the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. With his wife Katie, he lives outside Gordonville, Pennsylvania. They are the parents of nine, with fifty-one grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Elsie Kline is well-known as the Garden and Food Editor of “Farming Magazine.” She is an Amish mother and grandmother who loves cooking, gardening, and beekeeping. Elsie and her husband David live on the organic farm where they reared their 5 children. They have been pioneers in sustainable small-scale farming.

This book signing is hosted by Walnut Street Books in collaboration with the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society.

Room Enough for Them All

October 21, 3 p.m.

Michael Showalter, museum educator at the Ephrata Cloister, will present, “Room Enough for Them All” on October 21, at 3 o’clock PM in historic Boehm’s Chapel, 13 West Boehm’s Road, Willow Street, PA. The PowerPoint program will examine the diversity of religions and denominations found throughout Lancaster County as early as 1750. To quote, Showalter, “In this mix of cultures, dissident religious minorities of Europe were intended to live among Native Americans in peace.” Showalter will touch on a variety of resident groups, including the English, Scots-Irish, Germans, Welsh, French Huguenot, and African-Americans, and the area of the county which they called home.

Programs at the chapel are free and open to the public. However, donations to offset fees for speakers and musicians are always appreciated. Please contact, phone 717-872-4133 or see our website for additional information.


Ron Sider will speak on “The Biblical Basis for Christian Peacemaking,” at Lititz Church of the Brethren, 300 West Orange St, on Saturday, October 27 at 7:00 pm.

Dr. Sider is Distinguished Professor of Theology and Public Policy at Palmer Theological Seminary in Wayne, PA.   He is the author of over 30 books, including “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger”.   In 2012 his book “The Early Church on Killing” was published to wide critical acclaim.

His talk is sponsored by Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness.  It is free and open to the public

Call for Papers

International Colloquium: Renewal Movements and Anabaptist History Reformation Commemorations – Renewal – Right Remembering
March 27-29, 2019
Bildungszentrum Bienenberg / Liestal (Switzerland)

The Educational Center Bienenberg – in conversation and colloboration with the Mennonite Historical Societies of Germany, France, the Netherlands, Austria, and Switzerland (along with Mennointe World Conference) is planning for a three-day conference in which researchers from Europe and the rest of the world will present the results of their research. The colloquium will begin on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 2:00 and runs through 12:00 on Friday, March 29, 2019.

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