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.

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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.

Hours

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).

Admission

$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 relevant photocopies or scans.

To submit a research request online and pay securely 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 your research request (please narrow it to a specific person or question), with a return address, or email the request to library@mhep.org.



Mennonite Heritage Center, Lukens, Towamencin

Paper, Quill and Ink (2nd edition)

Purchase and download a PDF copy of the book Paper, Quill and Ink: The Diaries of George Lukens, Towamencin Township Quaker, Farmer, Schoolmaster, Abolitionist; with A History of Towamencin Township by local historian Brian Hagey (second edition, 2019). George Lukens' diary is a personal account of the early years in ...
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