Food heritage highlights

Written by Sarah Heffner on July 10, 2019

Mennonite Heritage Center staff have been exploring and developing a major exhibit on the topic of food, a daily and essential part of our lives. Food touches on creation, celebration and community. Food is also increasingly a concern, as we hear daily news about extreme weather cycles and global strife impacting the production of food and people’s access to adequate food.

Museum exhibits about food have ranged from reproducing nostalgic food themes as a reflection of culture to more participatory

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Will of Andrew Lederach, 1758

Written by Forrest Moyer on May 23, 2019

Andrew Lederach descendants, be advised — the immigrant’s house in Lower Salford Township is on the market! Here’s your chance to live in the home of an immigrant ancestor:

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/660-Harleysville-Pike-Harleysville-PA-19438/2084694733_zpid/

MHEP published the will of Andrew Lederach in 1983. The notes below were written by Joel Alderfer at that time.

Andrew Lederach immigrated, with his brother, John, to Pennsylvania in 1717. The Lederach family was originally from Worb, Switzerland, but had lived in the Palatinate in Germany before coming to this country. Andrew

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New acquisition: Elizabeth Ruth show towel

Written by Forrest Moyer on June 1, 2018

A beautiful show towel was donated to the MHC last year, bearing the name Elizabeth Ruth and date 1836. Towels like this were made for display, not use, by young women in preparation for decorating their homes after marriage. At the bottom of this towel is a fine drawn-work panel featuring peacocks (or geese), hearts and a pot of flowers.

Gift of Beulah Hendricks Rittenhouse (2017.44.1)

The maker of the towel, Elizabeth Ruth (1819-1888), had an unusual story. She

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