2018 Educational Meetings

Upcoming Events

Beyond the Underground Railroad: Reclaiming African American Heritage Sites

March 19, 6:30 pm

“Beyond the Underground Railroad: Reclaiming African American Heritage” is a virtual tour of places and sites like the Stevens/Smith site in Lancaster City, the Mifflin House, and Columbia Crossings as well as various lesser known homes that were part of the Underground Railroad. This event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 19, at Landisville Mennonite Church, 3320 Bowman Road, Landisville, Pennsylvania.

Randolph J. Harris will share stories and talk about all the behind-the-scenes effort it takes to reclaim these sites for historic purposes. Through his extensive education, research, and more than twenty-five years of work experience in many different capacities, including past executive director of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, he is uniquely qualified to speak on the preservation and promotion of these sites.

His recent projects focus on African American heritage sites in the communities of south central Pennsylvania and the development of heritage tours. Harris is also the archivist of the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania.

An interesting insight that he will be sharing with the attendees of this virtual tour is the important role that local government representatives should take as stewards of the heritage of their communities, including both the buildings and the natural environment of the area. Attendance is free, but there will be an offering taken to cover expenses.

Landisville Mennonite Church, free

Commemorate 500 Years of Luther’s “Theology of the Cross”

April 6, 7 pm

In April 1518, Martin Luther articulated this keystone of his theology at the Heidelberg Disputation. Explore its bearing on Anabaptist thought with scholars Hans Leaman, Anne Thayer, Vince Evener, and local Lutheran pastors Adam Koontz and Matt Lenahan.

Stumptown Mennonite Church, free

What Young Historians Are Thinking

June 2, 1:30 pm

Hear from three early- career historians on their current research. Held in partnership with the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College and the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College.

Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, free

Hidden in Plain Sight: African Americans in Lancaster

October 15, 6:30 pm

Dr. Leroy Hopkins will share stories about African Americans, their role and involvement in Lancaster from its founding through challenges faced in the civil rights movement.

James Street Mennonite Church, free

Piecing Together Traditions: African American and Amish Mennonite Quilting Fest

November 3, 10:30 am to 3 pm

Janneken Smucker, an authority on Mennonite and Amish quilting and Kyra Hicks, an expert on African American quilting, will introduce the history and culture of the two groups. Attendees are invited to tell the story of a quilt they brought. They will fellowship over a potluck lunch. Time will be given for interested participants to quilt together.

MCC Material Resources Center, 517 West Trout Run Road, Ephrata, PA 17522

Fee charged, advance registration required