Library & Collections

The month of June 2019 is busy for library and collections staff as we install a new exhibit. If you would like to do research in the library or donate items to the collection, please contact Forrest Moyer at or 215-256-3020 ext.118 to make an appointment. Thank you!

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. For research in museum and archival collections, please schedule an appointment with collections manager Joel Alderfer (phone: 215-256-3020, ext.111).


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

Research Service

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 photocopies or scans of relevant pages. This fee covers a search on one name.

To submit a research request online and pay 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 the name you wish to have researched, with a return address, or email the request to