Library & Collections

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

Click here to view and search collections

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. We suggest that you schedule your library visit with collections manager Joel Alderfer (215-256-3020, ext.111) to ensure that he or archivist Forrest Moyer will be able to assist you.


$7.00 suggested admission. MHC members are admitted to the library free. Click here to join.

For genealogical queries, email
Introductory search up to a half hour – $15.00
Beyond the introductory search:
$30.00 per hour (for MHC members)
$35.00 per hour (for non-members)