Shirley Hershey Showalter: Mennonite Women’s History in Eastern Pennsylvania

Shirley Hershey Showalter program

To register for this event, call the MHC at 215-256-3020.

The Mennonite Heritage Center announces a special author’s event and lunch on Saturday, May 17 at 12 noon.  Shirley Hershey Showalter, author of Blush: a Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World, will present a program on Mennonite Women’s History in Eastern Pennsylvania.  A light lunch will be provided for the event.

Ms. Showalter will base her program on her own writing and that of two other authors:  A Mennonite Woman: Exploring Spiritual Life and Identity by Dawn Ruth Nelson and Mennonite Women of Lancaster County by Joanne Hess Siegrist.  She will have clothing from her mother and grandmother as well as a board of women’s photos from her family collection on display and will sign copies of her book Blush after her presentation.  The book will be available for purchasing in the MHC museum store. Registration is required for the event–tickets are $25/$20 members.

Shirley Hershey Showalter grew up on a Mennonite family farm near Lititz, Pennsylvania. The first person in her family to go to college, she eventually became the first woman president of Goshen College in Indiana. After six years as an executive at the Fetzer Institute, Kalamazoo, Michigan, she became a full-time writer living in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Her memoir: Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World  (released September 19, 2013) tells the story of a little girl who dreamed big and was transformed by dreams much bigger than her own. It was named a Best Spiritual Book of 2013 by Spirituality & Practice.