Welcome

The MHC will be closed Friday, Dec. 2, for Christmas Market set-up. The research library will also be closed Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, during the Christmas Market event.

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.

Events

Events

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

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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Museum Store

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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Click here to view a recording of John Ruth’s recent presentation at the Mennonite Heritage Center, entitled “Three Boatloads, Three Centuries, Three Perspectives: The 1717 Mennonite Emigration to Pennsylvania.”

On the Blog

Our Immigrant Heritage: Longacre

Our Immigrant Heritage: Longacre

This series of posts highlights families descended from 18th-century Mennonite immigrants to eastern Pennsylvania, in connection with the MHC’s exhibit Opportunity & Conscience: Mennonite Immigration to Pennsylvania, on display through March 31, 2018. The stories reflect the enrichment brought to communities over centuries by the descendants of immigrants. Early settlers on the Schuylkill The roots of the Longacre family, and origin of their name, lie in the town of Langnau in Emmental, Bern, Switzerland. Originally Langenegger, many descendants in America spell the name Longenecker; here in eastern Pennsylvania, the descendants of two brothers spell their name Longacre. Daniel Longenecker (1686-1756) ...
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