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01/16/2016 01/16/2016

A Taste for Fraktur

January 16, 9 am to 12 pm, with Emily Smucker Beidler Fraktur is a distinctly American folk art dating back to the mid 1700s and was an important part of Pennsylvania German culture. This class includes a presentation on fraktur, with special emphasis on its role in Mennonite culture and demonstration of use of the […]

Location : Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
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01/30/2016 01/30/2016

Grain Painting

January 30, 9 am to 12 pm with Jim King Learn how to add the rich look of wood to your next project with false graining techniques in this folk art class taught by Jim King. Register here.

Location : Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
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02/01/2016 02/01/2016

Multigenerational Anabaptist Businesses

February 1, 7 pm Only thirty percent of businesses survive into the second generation, twelve percent into the third generation, and three percent into the fourth generation. Dave Kauffman, president of Kauffman’s Fruit Farm Inc. and John Smucker, CEO of Bird-In-Hand Corporation, will be sharing insights into sustaining their family businesses. Free  

Location : Stumptown Mennonite Church, 2813 Stumptown Rd, Bird in Hand, PA 17505
Annual Music Night

02/06/2016 02/06/2016

Annual Music Night

February 6, 7 pm Experience the variety of music found among the Anabaptist communities in the eastern United States. Listen to the Kravetz Family, a mixed ensemble from the Mennonite Heritage Chorale, and more. Fee charged

Location : Neffsville Mennnonite Church, 2371 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601
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02/13/2016 02/13/2016

The Illuminated Letter

February 13, 9 am to 12 pm, with Emily Smucker Beidler Fraktur II will focus on learning lettering and calligraphy within the context and history of fraktur. You will learn to use a nib pen and india ink. Beidler will also discuss modern adaptations of fraktur calligraphy. A materials kit is included. There will also […]

Location : Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
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02/18/2016 - 02/20/2016 02/18/2016 - 02/20/2016

Winter Bookfest

February 18, 3 to 8 pm; February 19, 9 am to 8 pm; February 20, 9 am to 6 pm Find quality used books in this midwinter sale of the most popular Bookworm Frolic categories, including children’s books, religion, and fiction. Free

Location : Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
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02/27/2016 02/27/2016

Redware Sgraffito Plate

February 27, 9 am to 1 pm, with Denise Wilz This workshop focuses on the sgraffito technique used by area 18th and 19th century Pennsylvania German potters to make artistic designs on their folk art pottery. Participants will draw and scratch a design of their choosing on a prepared redware plate. The participants have the […]

Location : Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

03/12/2016 03/12/2016

Pennsylvania Dutch Language 2

Saturdays, March 12 – May 14, 10 am – 12 pm Expand your versatility with Pennsylvania Dutch in this 10-week intermediate-level class. Register here.

Location : Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

03/12/2016 03/12/2016

Pennsylvania Dutch Language 1

Thursdays, March 10 – May 12, 7 – 9 pm Get acquainted with Pennsylvania Dutch in this 10-week class for beginners. Register here.

Location : Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
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03/12/2016 03/12/2016

Pies in the Mennonite Tradition

March 12, 6:30 to 8:30 pm drop-in, with Valerie Baer This event has been moved to March 12 due to winter storm Jonas. Come to the Mennonite Historical Society Saturday evening and enjoy a slice or two of wide selection of traditional pies. Pie bakers will be on hand to demonstrate the art. Learn more […]

Location : Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
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03/28/2016 03/28/2016

Amish Quilts—A Social History

March 28, 7 pm Quilts have become a well-recognized icon of Amish and Mennonite cultures. Janneken Smucker, a fifth-generation Mennonite quiltmaker and author of Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon, will relate the stories of local quiltmakers and explore how the commercial success of Amish-branded goods has influenced Amish artisans. Free  

Location : Ridgeview Mennonite Church, 3723 Ridge Road, Gordonville, PA 17529
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04/02/2016 04/02/2016

Annual Banquet

April 2, 6 pm Nelson Kraybill is president of Mennonite World Conference and pastor of Prairie Street Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind. A former president of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, he will serve as the keynote speaker at the Annual Banquet on the topic: “Alternating Currents Among Global Anabaptists.” Fee charged, advanced registration required  

Location : Yoder's Restaurant, 14 S Tower Rd, New Holland, PA 17557
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04/09/2016 04/09/2016

Center-Seam Moccasins

April 9, 9 am to 1 pm, with Heiland Benedict, Native American Eastern Woodland Indian soft sole center seam moccasins will be made from buffalo leather. The center seam moccasin is a very early style still in use today. Class time will be spent tailoring the moccasin to fit your individual foot: tracing your feet […]

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum
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04/14/2016 - 04/16/2016 04/14/2016 - 04/16/2016

Lancaster Family History Conference

April 14-16, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Jane E. Wilcox, this year’s keynote speaker, will address these issues in her aptly titled opening lecture, “Forget Me Not: Opening the Doors for the Ladies in Your Ancestry.” Fee charged, advanced registration required  

Location : Lancaster Host and Resort, 2300 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA 17602
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04/23/2016 04/23/2016

Native American Finger Weaving

April 23, 9 am to 12 pm, with Mark Warfel, Lenape Without using a loom, Native American finger weaving is used to create leg bands, belts, gun straps and a variety of other projects. Different kinds of finger weaving will be demonstrated. Students will have the opportunity to begin making a strap. Register here.

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum
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05/07/2016 05/07/2016

Rug Braiding

May 7, 9 am to 3 pm, with Debra Weinhold Debra Weinhold will be teaching how to make a small trivet, an 8-12” table top mat. Making a trivet teaches all the skills needed to make a large rug. Register here.

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum
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05/14/2016 05/14/2016

Lancaster Interfaith—Discussing End Times:

May 14, 8 am to 4 pm Visit Orthodox, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Evangelical, and Anabaptist places of worship to hear different spiritual understandings of the End of the Age, taught by teachers in their respective traditions. This will be an exciting time for interfaith learning. Fee charged, advanced registration required

Location : Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
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06/04/2016 06/04/2016

What Young Historians Are Thinking:

June 4, 7 pm Hear three young historians from historic peace churches share their current research. Free

Location : Cross Roads Brethren in Christ Church, 800 Donegal Springs Rd, Mount Joy, PA 17552
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06/11/2016 06/11/2016

Music in the Orchard: Vinegar Creek Constituency and Daryl Snider

June 11, 6 pm This concert season launches with a rollicking performance by Vinegar Creek Constituency, with an opening by Daryl Snider. 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum. Fee charged

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum
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06/11/2016 06/11/2016

Early Mennonite Homes in Lititz, Pa.

June 11, 8 am to 4 pm Discover the early buildings in and around Lititz, including those related to the Becker, Bomberger, Brubaker, Carpenter, Eby, Hess, Landis, and Shenk families. Fee charged, advanced registration required

Location : Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

06/17/2016 06/17/2016

A Sense of Place—A Conversation with Three Artists

June 17, 7 pm Hear three local Mennonite-related artists—Freiman Stoltzfus, Letitia Weaver, Amy LeFever—talk about their art, their community/religious backgrounds and other influences on their art. Chad Martin will moderate. James Street Mennonite Church. Free

Location : James Street Mennonite Church, 323 W James St, Lancaster, PA 17603
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06/18/2016 06/18/2016

Blacksmithing Class

June 18, 9 am to 4 pm Try your hand at blacksmithing and learn to make a beginner project such as a candlestick holder or hook rack. Register here.

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum
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06/24/2016 - 06/25/2016 06/24/2016 - 06/25/2016

Blacksmith Days

June 24, 12 to 4 pm, June 25, 10 am to 4 pm Learn the art of blacksmithing from master blacksmiths. During this public event, everyone is encouraged to come and try their hands at smithing. Free

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum
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06/25/2016 06/25/2016

Music in the Orchard: Vulcans and the Robert Bobby Duo

June 25, 6 pm The summer concert series continues with the Vulcans, with an opening by the Robert Bobby Duo. 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum. Fee charged

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum
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07/06/2016 07/06/2016

Folk Art Fun for Kids & Adults—Hearth Cooking

July 6, 10 am to 12 pm Pairs learn how to cook on the raised hearth in the Herr House by making a colonial snack to enjoy. Class is taught by Patricia Motter and offered for child 10+ and an accompanying adult. Register here.  

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum

07/09/2016 07/09/2016

Music in the Orchard: Seasons and Lackawanna Sky

July 9, 6 pm Enjoy the music of Seasons with an opening by Lackawanna Sky. 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum. Fee charged

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum
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07/16/2016 07/16/2016

Folk Art Fun for Kids & Adults—Blacksmithing

July 16, 9 to 11:30 am Pairs learn about blacksmithing and create a project together with instruction by David Kauffman. Class is offered for child 10+ and an accompanying adult. Register here.

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum
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07/22/2016 07/22/2016

Folk Art Fun for Kids & Adults—Native American Flute Making

July 22, 9:30 am to 12 pm Pairs learn about Native American flutes and their history from Roger Bennett. Pairs will assemble and decorate a PVC pipe flute and learn how to play it. Class is offered for child 10+ and an accompanying adult. Register here.

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum
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07/23/2016 07/23/2016

Music in the Orchard: Denison Witmer and Matt Wheeler.

July 23, 6 pm Enjoy the music of Denison Witmer with an opening performance by Matt Wheeler. Fee charged

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum
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08/06/2016 08/06/2016

Music in the Orchard: Transistor Radio and Scott Stein

August 6, 6 pm Enjoy the music of Transistor Radio with an opening performance by Scott Stein. Fee charged

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum
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08/10/2016 - 08/13/2016 08/10/2016 - 08/13/2016

Bookworm Frolic

August 10 to 12, 9 am to 7 pm, August 13, 9 am to 4 pm Over 40,000 books available in the four-day open-air book sale. This year there is no registration. Free

Location : Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
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08/27/2016 08/27/2016

Amish Business Sites, Lancaster County, Pa.

August 27, 8 am to 4 pm Farming has been a way of life for the Amish in Lancaster County. However, today less than forty percent still farm. This tour, led by Ken Sensenig, will visit a number of thriving new business sites showing the resourcefulness of their owners. Fee charged, advanced registration required

Location : Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
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09/12/2016 09/12/2016

Annual Storytelling Night

September 12, 7 pm This event will feature the life stories of Mennonite leaders in church service and teaching: Janet Breneman and Charles Longenecker. The storytellers will each tell seven stories, alternating turns with each other. Landisville Mennonite Church. Free

Location : Landisville Mennonite Church, 3320 Bowman Rd, Landisville, PA 17538

09/15/2016 09/15/2016

Pennsylvania Dutch Language 1

Thursdays, September 15 – November 17, 7 – 9 pm Get acquainted with Pennsylvania Dutch in this 10-week class for beginners. Fee charged, advance registration required

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09/17/2016 09/17/2016

Gettysburg Historical Sites—The Civil War from an Anabaptist Perspective

September 17, 8 am to 4 pm The battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War caused much suffering and disrupted life in the Gettysburg community for years. Some of those who fought and on whose land it was fought grew up in Anabaptist settings. Hear stories of those Anabaptists while touring the battlefield. Fee […]

Location : Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

09/17/2016 09/17/2016

Pennsylvania Dutch Language 2

Saturdays, September 17 – November 19, 10 am to 12 pm Expand your versatility with Pennsylvania Dutch in this 10-week intermediate-level class. Fee charged, advance registration required

Location : Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
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10/15/2016 10/15/2016

Maize & Snitz Festival

October 15, 10 am to 3 pm Celebrate the heritages of the local Native American and Pennsylvania German cultures at this local festival of food, craft, and life. 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum. Fee charged

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum
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10/20/2016 - 10/24/2016 10/20/2016 - 10/24/2016

Puerto Rico—Island of Enchantment

October 20 to 24 This five-day trip to Puerto Rico will feature an introduction to seventy years of Mennonite history in Puerto Rico. It will also feature sight-seeing to some of the most significant landmarks on the Island of Enchantment. Fee charged, advanced registration required  

Location : Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
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10/22/2016 10/22/2016

Natural Dyeing Class

October 22, 9 am to 12 pm, with Martha Brunner & Jess McPherson The basics of dyeing will be presented along with instructions for you to try your own dyeing. Learn the art of natural dyeing using a wood fire. Dyes will include onion skins, sassafras, bloodroot, and ragweed. Instructors again this year will be […]

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum
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10/29/2016 10/29/2016

Stories from Northkill

October 29, 2 to 5 pm Listen to dramatic readings from Ervin Stutzman’s Return to Northkill book series in the authentic settings of a traditional Pa. German home and a Native American longhouse. This ticketed event will support the fundraising efforts of the Lancaster Longhouse and include a book signing and remarks by the author, […]

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum
Lancaster County Food Festival

11/05/2016 11/05/2016

Native American Quillwork

November 5, 12:30 to 3:30 pm, with MaryAnn Robins, Onondaga Among many Native tribes, hollow porcupine quills were dyed and used to adorn clothing and make jewelery. Students will learn the basics of quillwork and make a project. Register here.

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum
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11/05/2016 11/05/2016

Native American Beadwork

November 5, 9 am to 12 pm, with Barbara Christy, Seneca Beads were made by Native Americans from shells, and after European contact, glass beads were an important traded item. Native Americans used trade beads to decorate clothing and create jewelry. Students will be guided in creating a project. Register here.

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum
Jessica King

11/07/2016 11/07/2016

The Future Has Multiple Bottom Lines—Business As Ethics

November 7, 7 pm Increasingly, customers expect that businesses don’t just have ethics but act ethically. Hear from Jessica King, Executive Director of ASSETS Lancaster and a panel of entrepreneurs share about social enterprises, triple bottom lines, and B-Corps. Neffsville Mennonite Church, Free

Location : Neffsville Mennnonite Church, 2371 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601
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11/12/2016 11/12/2016

Paper Marbling Class

November  12, 9 am to 12 pm, with Ramon Townsend Marbling is the art of floating and designing watercolors on a base fluid, then transferring the design to paper. The participants will be instructed in all stages of the process and will take home their finished papers. Register here.

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum
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11/19/2016 - 12/31/2016 11/19/2016 - 12/31/2016

Pennsylvania German Folk Art Sale

November 19 to December 31, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Come to the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society for their annual sale of handcrafted goods. Enjoy a variety of work ranging from textiles to pottery and beyond, all done in traditional forms. The sale runs 8:30 to 4:30, Tuesday through Saturday, until December 31 at 2215 […]

Location : Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
Christmas Candlelight Tours

12/01/2016 - 12/03/2016 12/01/2016 - 12/03/2016

Christmas Candlelight Tours

December 1 and 2, 6 to 8 pm, December 3, 5 to 8:30 pm Celebrate the holidays with stories and treats at the oldest house in Lancaster County. This year focuses on the importance of corn. Fee charged, advanced registration required

Location : 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum

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The Illuminated Letter

February 13, 9 am to 12 pm, with Emily Smucker Beidler Fraktur II will focus on learning lettering and calligraphy within the context and history of fraktur. You will learn to use a nib pen and india ink. Beidler will also discuss modern adaptations of fraktur calligraphy. A materials kit is included. There will also […]

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Winter Bookfest

February 18, 3 to 8 pm; February 19, 9 am to 8 pm; February 20, 9 am to 6 pm Find quality used books in this midwinter sale of the most popular Bookworm Frolic categories, including children’s books, religion, and fiction. Free

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Redware Sgraffito Plate

February 27, 9 am to 1 pm, with Denise Wilz This workshop focuses on the sgraffito technique used by area 18th and 19th century Pennsylvania German potters to make artistic designs on their folk art pottery. Participants will draw and scratch a design of their choosing on a prepared redware plate. The participants have the […]

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Pennsylvania Dutch Language 1

Thursdays, March 10 – May 12, 7 – 9 pm Get acquainted with Pennsylvania Dutch in this 10-week class for beginners. Register here.

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Pennsylvania Dutch Language 2

Saturdays, March 12 – May 14, 10 am – 12 pm Expand your versatility with Pennsylvania Dutch in this 10-week intermediate-level class. Register here.

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