Library & Collections

The Mennonite Heritage Center houses an excellent Anabaptist and genealogical research library named in honor of John L. Ruth, 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.


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).

We will ask you to leave any bags in lockers at the entrance.


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