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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.”

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Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville

New acquisition: Bower family tree

Zach Bower, a social studies teacher at Dock Mennonite Academy, recently donated an unusual family heirloom to the Mennonite Heritage Center -- a hand-drawn family tree compiled by his great-great-grandfather, Henry Stauffer Bower (1836-1909). The tree, signed and dated 1897, traces many branches of the descendants of Mennonite immigrant Hans Bauer, a native of Switzerland who settled in Hereford Township, Berks County in 1734. This chart was made in combination with a genealogy that Henry compiled, part of which was published in 1897 through the Harleysville News printing house. The complete manuscript of Henry's genealogical work is in the possession ...
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