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The Center is closed temporarily, as part of the effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19. We will reopen when permission is granted by the authorities. Staff may be contacted by email.

Sarah Wolfgang Heffner, Acting Executive Director  heffners@mhep.org
Rose A. Moyer, Business Manager  moyerr@mhep.org
Joel D. Alderfer, Collections Manager  alderferj@mhep.org
Forrest L. Moyer, Archivist  moyerf@mhep.org

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work to educate, inspire and witness to the church and community by collecting, preserving and sharing the Anabaptist/Mennonite story. Please follow our blog and Facebook page to see new stories as we post them, and you can search the online catalog to learn about thousands of historical treasures in our collection! You may also enjoy our new Pennsylvania Dutch At-Home Companion.

On the Blog

Branch Valley Characters (Part 1)

Branch Valley Characters (Part 1)

Traditionally, many communities have unusual personalities, or characters, who are remembered and immortalized by stories that are passed down long after their passing. They are people whose colorful lives may not be well documented in written history, but are often remembered in the oral tradition. I wrote these bios for the MHEP Newsletter in 1995, based on stories collected from older folks, local historians, and my own research. We're sharing them here in two parts (this week and next), adding a couple stories written by Mary Jane Hershey. The Branch Creek Valley follows the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek ...
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The Mennonite Heritage Center is a museum and historical library dedicated to preserving and sharing the stories of Mennonite faith and life in eastern Pennsylvania. Mennonite Christians first settled in the Delaware Valley in 1683 and have been part of eastern Pennsylvania’s community and religious life for over 300 years. You are invited to visit the heritage center to see changing exhibits, use our historical library and take part in events, programs and workshops throughout the year.

Events

Events

The Mennonite Heritage Center hosts numerous workshops and programs throughout the year, as well as major events, including  Whack & ...
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Exhibits

Exhibits

We welcome you to view our exhibits and learn about the unique heritage of Mennonites in eastern Pennsylvania. Hours: Tuesday ...
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Library & Collections

Library & Collections

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

Barn Weddings

Feature barn wedding rental near Philadelphia! Rustic, authentic, historic barn with new construction and amenities on the grounds of the ...
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