Welcome to the Mennonite Heritage Center

Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville

The 2017 History Essay Contest is now open!  The purpose is to promote youth awareness of and interest in history.

Open to all students in 9th-12th grade–public, private, or home schooled. First prize $500; Second prize $250; and Third prize $250.

Essays may be on any topic and should demonstrate thorough historical research and original thought.  The Heritage Center will open an exhibit in April 2017 called Opportunity and Conscience: Mennonite Immigration to Pennsylvania.  We encourage entrants, in that spirit, to choose a topic related to immigration.

For complete contest details and entry form, click here.

The Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, Pa. 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.

Click here to view the current issue of the MHC Quarterly.
Feature article: “Amish and Mennonite Interrelationships in the Chester Valley 1770-1835” by Duane Kauffman

Harleysville, PA


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


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

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

Welcome to the Museum Store! We hope you will stop in often to enjoy our warm and comfortable store and ...
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On the Blog

Taking On Immigration: Doing History in Reverse

As a history teacher, I often felt somewhat uncomfortable with the person who told me, “Well, history is important…if we don’t know it, we are likely to repeat it.” It came across as a dismissal of the many more concrete reasons why historical study is beneficial. I was suspicious that this is what was said by those who really didn’t see any value in studying history--they just wanted to let me know they didn’t think I was wasting my life because I didn’t teach Math or Science. That assertion makes a number of assumptions: 1) that it is possible to ...
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