Welcome

The Mennonite Heritage Center is a museum and historical library dedicated to preserving and sharing the stories of Mennonite faith and life in eastern Pennsylvania. Mennonite Christians first settled in the Delaware Valley in 1683 and have been part of eastern Pennsylvania’s community and religious life for over 300 years. You are invited to visit the heritage center to see changing exhibits, use our historical library and take part in events, programs and workshops throughout the year.

Founders Day 2019

Founders Day 2019

Honoring Arlin Lapp and Dan Lapp Wednesday, April 10 The Mennonite Heritage Center invites you to a Founders Day Celebration ...
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WHACK & ROLL Croquet Tournament

WHACK & ROLL Croquet Tournament

May 31 and June 1, 2019 Rolling out the 11th WHACK & ROLL Croquet Tournament... Two Croquet tournaments in one ...
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Events

Events

The Mennonite Heritage Center hosts numerous workshops and programs throughout the year, as well as major events, including the Whack ...
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work and hope exhibit, Mennonite Heritage Center

Exhibits

We welcome you to view our exhibits and learn about the unique heritage of Mennonites in eastern Pennsylvania. Hours: Tuesday ...
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Library & Collections

Library & Collections

The Mennonite Heritage Center houses the John L. Ruth Historical Library, one of the finest Anabaptist libraries in Pennsylvania, as ...
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Welcome Center

Welcome Center

  Take a load off in the Welcome Center -- complimentary coffee and WiFi, books and gift items for sale ...
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On the Blog

Influential Gross descendants

Influential Gross descendants

My last blog post introduced Jacob Gross, an early Mennonite bishop of Deep Run. He had many descendants, including myself, who lived in eastern Pennsylvania; but some of the most interesting characters lived elsewhere. An affluent and influential branch of the family were descendants of Jacob Gross Jr. (1780-1865) of Canada. Like his father, Jacob was a Mennonite bishop who was progressive and evangelical. Unlike his father, the younger Jacob was eventually silenced and left the Mennonite Church to join the Evangelical Association. Thus, in the sectarian climate of the day, his descendants were largely forgotten by Pennsylvania cousins who ...
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