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Donate your used books! We are accepting good condition used books and/or rare books for this year’s sale until July 13. Bring donations to the Mennonite Heritage Center at the address below. Also needed are good condition used CD’s, DVD’s, and puzzles. Please no encyclopedias, textbooks, magazines, Reader’s Digest Condensed, or cassettes.

Diehl named Executive Director; Heffner as Program Director. Click here to read more.

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.

WHACK & ROLL Croquet Tournament

WHACK & ROLL Croquet Tournament

2018 Tournament Champions: Open Division First Place of $5,000 sponsored by Bergey’s Inc. – Spruce Lake Retreat Team – “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

New acquisition: Elizabeth Ruth show towel

New acquisition: Elizabeth Ruth show towel

A beautiful show towel was donated to the MHC last year, bearing the name Elizabeth Ruth and date 1836. Towels like this were made for display, not use, by young women in preparation for decorating their homes after marriage. At the bottom of this towel is a fine drawn-work panel featuring peacocks (or geese), hearts and a pot of flowers. Gift of Beulah Hendricks Rittenhouse (2017.44.1) The maker of the towel, Elizabeth Ruth (1819-1888), had an unusual story. She was orphaned at age three, the second youngest of seven daughters of Jacob & Catherine Ruth Ruth of Hatfield. Jacob died ...
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