Eva Beidler is a genealogist who enjoys putting her “boots on the ground”, heading out on local highways and byways to locate farms and homesteads where her ancestors lived. In this program, she will discuss how she was inspired to research family history and what she learned in visiting home places of the Beidler, Landis and Bower families in Bucks and Montgomery counties.
Eva is an art therapist with a graduate degree from George Washington University. She has also shown and
This popular autumn festival has been enjoyed by the local community for over 40 years. The Frolic is an opportunity to learn how Mennonites and their neighbors lived 100 or more years ago, and it’s great fun for young and old alike. It also raises important funds to support the mission of the Mennonite Heritage Center.
The Frolic is a rain or shine event! There is plenty to do undercover if we have a shower.
In this illustrated program, MHC archivist Forrest Moyer will share tips on how and where to look for family stories in papers and records that can be found online and at historical society archives like the MHC. Increasingly, documents and newspapers can be viewed online from the comfort of your home; but there are gems of family history that can only be discovered by accessing an archival repository directly. Examples will be drawn mostly from Forrest’s research on the Mennonite
In the 16th century, as the Reformation was taking hold in central Europe, there was great contention about the Church and church doctrine. The Lutheran reformers, even as they pushed back against the role and rule of the church in Rome, seeking freedom to explore and express their understanding of the Gospel, attacked the emerging Anabaptist movement. This led to severe persecution, deaths and martyrdom.
After “living with” the schism and differences and tragic history for centuries, circumstances brought Lutherans and