Steve Ness, Librarian and Archivist

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the establishment of a few Mennonite congregations in Lancaster County, including Mellinger Mennonite Church. A mini-exhibit focusing on the Mellinger story has been installed in the library, and photographic reproductions have been hung in the stairwell between the library and bookstore.

Chinese Order of the Double Dragon

Dr. Eli B. Landis

Highlights include:

  • A 1748 German Bible that contains records of three generations of the Johannes (John) Kreider (1747-1825) family, at least two of whom were ministers at Mellinger Mennonite Church.
  • A copy of the second American edition (1814) of the Martyrs’ Mirror, given by Deacon Martin Mellinger to his step-granddaughter, Barbara Denlinger.
  • The Chinese Order of the Double Dragon—a medal awarded to Dr. Eli B. Landis (1865-1898) by the Chinese emperor in honor of his medical service in Korea. Landis was reared in the Mellinger Mennonite Church, attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and served in Korea with the English Church Mission.
  • Photographs from the collection of Mellinger historian Earl B. Groff.

Everyone is welcome to view the objects and photographs at no charge. Simply visit the Historical Society during regular hours (Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30-4:30) through the end of the year.