The Mennonite Heritage Center houses an excellent Anabaptist and genealogical research library named in honor of John L. Ruth, as well as archival, manuscript and artifact collections that document three centuries of Mennonite life in the eastern Pa. counties of Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Berks, Lehigh, Northampton and Philadelphia.
The library was founded in 1967 as the Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Historical Library. Members of the founding committee were John Fretz, Ray Hacker and Marvin Rosenberger of Eastern District Mennonite Conference, and Ernest Clemens, Nevin Moyer and Wilmer Reinford of Franconia Mennonite Conference.
The library is open Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. For research in museum and archival collections, please schedule an appointment with collections manager Joel Alderfer (phone: 215-256-3020, ext.111).
Masks are required. Visitors must wash their hands with soap and water immediately before entering the library, and we will ask you to leave any bags in lockers at the entrance.
$7.00 suggested admission. MHC members are admitted to the library free. Click here to join.
The Heritage Center provides a simple genealogical research service. For a pre-paid fee of $85 ($75 MHC members), our staff will consult up to 10 sources, and provide you with a bibliography of sources checked, and up to 15 relevant photocopies or scans.
To submit a research request online and pay securely with credit card, click here. Alternatively, you can mail a check or money order to Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA, 19438-1020. Include a note stating your research request (please narrow it to a specific person or question), with a return address, or email the request to firstname.lastname@example.org.