Periodicals & Almanacs

Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville

Free online
Available in hard copy at the MHC library
German almanacs
English almanacs
Religious almanacs

For a list of historic local newspapers (some available at the MHC), see this blog post. In addition, there are religious newspapers published by and for Mennonites.

The MHC also holds a collection of 19th-century obituary clippings from local newspapers. Information and an index here.


Free periodical archives online

Adirondack Mennonite Heritage Farm Newsletter (2014-current)

Alberta, Mennonite Historical Society: Newsletter (2010-current)

Americana-Germanica / German American Annals (1897-1918)

Anabaptist Witness (2014-current)

Anabaptist World (2020-current)

Bucks County Genealogical Society Newsletter (2013-current)

California Mennonite Historical Society Bulletin (2003-2015)

Canadian Mennonite (2003-current)

Casselman River Area Amish and Mennonite Historians: The Historian (1989-2014 free)

Christian History (1982-current)

Conrad Grebel Review (1998-current)

Delaware Mennonite Historical Society Newsletter (2002-2006)

Downingtown Area Historical Society Newsletters (1996-current)

Dreamseeker Magazine (2001-2012)

Gospel Herald (1908-1998)

Gospel Witness (full archive, 1905-1908)

Haycock Historical Society: Haycock Historical News (2003-current)

Herald of Truth (1864-1908)

Herold der Wahrheit (1864-1901)

JAPAS – Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies (2013-current)

JPAC – Journal of Plain Anabaptist Communities (2020-current)

Kidron (Ohio) Community Historical Society: Bit o’ Vit (2006-current)

Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society: Newsletter / Heritage Posting (1984-current)

Menno-Hof: Reunion (2007-current)

The Mennonite (1885-2014)

Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission: Profiles of Mennonite Faith (1997-current)

Mennonite Heritage Archives, Winnipeg, MB: Mennonite Historian (1975-current)

Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach, MB: The Village Voice (2012-current)

Mennonite Historical Bulletin (full archive, 1940-2012)

Mennonite Life (1946-current)

Michiana Anabaptist Historians: News & Notes (2011-current)

Montgomery County, Historical Society: Bulletin (1936-1970)

Newtown (Bucks County) Historic Association: The Half Moon (1988-current)

Ontario, Mennonite Historical Society: Mennogespräch / Ontario Mennonite History (1983-current, searchable)

Overholser Family Association: OFA Bulletin (1979-current)

Pacific Northwest Mennonite Historical Society: Newsletter / Our Heritage (1989-2015)

Pennsylvania Dutchman / Pennsylvania Folklife (1954-1997; earlier issues 1949-1954 are available here)

Pennsylvania-German / Penn Germania (1900-1911; later issues 1912-1914 are available here)

Pennsylvania History (1934-2013)

Perkiomen Region, Past and Present (1894-1901)

Phoenixville Area, Historical Society: Newsletter (1977-2015)

Radnor Historical Society: Bulletin (1950-2015)

Saskatchewan Mennonite Historian (2004-2015)

Shenandoah Mennonite Historian (2013-current)

Swiss (Volhynian) Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association: Schweitzer Salt (2010-current)

Trappe, Collegeville and the Perkiomen Valley, Historical Society: Chronicle (1974-current)

Tredyffrin Easttown Historical Society: History Quarterly (1937-2012, searchable)

Vision: A Journal of Church and Theology (2000-current)

Wissahickon Valley Historical Society Newsletter (2012-current)


Available in hard copy at the MHC library

American-German Review (1935-1961)

Americana-Germanica / German American Annals (1897-1904)

Back Channel: Focus on Communication (1992-1994)

Beams of Light (1938-1946, some earlier and later)

Berks County Genealogical Society: Journal and newsletter (1991-current)

Berks County, Historical Review of (1935-1959 incomplete)

Bertolet Family Association: Bertolet Newsletter (1990-2013)

Bible Fellowship Church: Fellowship News / One Voice (full archive, 1961-current)

Brethren, Church of the: Messenger (1931-current)

Brethren in Christ Church: Evangelical Visitor (1973-1990, very incomplete)

Brethren in Christ Historical Society: Newsletter / History Matters (full archive, 2002-current)

Brethren in Christ History & Life (full archive, 1978-current)

Brethren in Christ History, Notes and Queries in (1967-1970)

Brethren Genealogists, Fellowship of: Brethren Roots (1989-current)

Brethren Life & Thought (full archive, 1955-current)

Bruderhof Communities: The Plough (1985-1997)

Bucks County Genealogical Society Journal (1998-2009)

Bucks County Genealogical Society Newsletter (1981-2010, now published online only)

Bucks County Historical Society: Mercer Mosaic (1984-1990)

Bucks County Historical Society: Penny Lots / Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle (1997-2004, 2012-current)

Bucks County Life (1964-1967)

Bucks County Panorama (1961-1971 incomplete)

Bucks County Traveler (1952-1958 incomplete)

Builder (1960-2002)

California Mennonite Historical Society Bulletin (1987-current)

Canadian Mennonite Reporter / Canadian Mennonite (1971-1991, 1998-2000)

Christian Evangel (1910-1952)

Christian Exponent (1924-1928)

Christian History (1982-2007)

Christian Ministry (1948-1961)

Christian Monitor (1909-1953)

Christian Living (1954-2002)

Church History (1979-2003)

Conrad Grebel Review (1983-2010)

Conservative Mennonite Fellowship: Herald of Truth / Fellowship Messenger (1957-1969)

Cumberland Valley, Mennonite Historical Association: Conococheague Mennonist (full archive, 1993-current)

Daughters of Sarah: The Magazine for Christian Feminists (1991-1995)

Dreamseeker Magazine (2002-2011)

Early American Industries Association Chronicle (1941-1952)

Early American Life (2004-2012 incomplete)

Early American Studies (1998-2005)

Eastern Mennonite Publications: The Eastern Mennonite Testimony (1969-current)

Eastern Mennonite Publications: The Historical Journal (full archive, 1995-current)

Evangelical & Reformed Historical Society News (1999-current)

Everence: Everyday Stewardship (full archive, 2007-current)

Family Worship / Rejoice! (1961-2007)

Festival Quarterly (full archive, 1974-1996)

Franconia Historical Society Newsletter (2004-2007)

Franconia Mennonite Conference: New Horizons (full archive, 1978-current)

Fretz Family Association: Fretzletter (full archive, 1970-current)

German Genealogical Society of America Bulletin (1988-2000)

Germantown Historical Society: Germantown Crier (full archive, 1949-current)

Goschenhoppen Historians Newsletter (full archive, 1968-current)

Goschenhoppen Historians: The Goschenhoppen Region (full archive, 1968-1971)

Gospel Herald (full archive, 1908-1998)

Gospel Witness (full archive, 1905-1907)

Guidelines for Today (full archive, 1966-1989)

Heckler Plains / Lower Salford Historical Society Newsletter (1991-2013)

Herald of Truth (1864-1907 incomplete, but most issues)

Hiwwe wie Driwwe (2000-2010 incomplete)

Huguenot Society of Pennsylvania: Proceedings (1918-1977 incomplete)

Illinois Mennonite Heritage (full archive, 1974-current)

Iowa, Mennonite Historical Society: Living Echoes (1981-1984) and Reflections (full archive, 1987-current)

Juniata Mennonite Historical Center Newsletter (full archive, 1978-current)

Junior Messenger (1940-1964 incomplete)

Krefeld Immigrants and their Descendants (1984-2003)

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society: The Mirror (1970-current)

Lansdale Historical Society: Jenkins Journal (2004-current)

Lehigh County Historical Society: Town Crier (1996-2002) and Lehigh Valley Chronicles (2012-current)

Lutheran Historical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania: The Periodical (2006-current)

The Mennonite (full archive, 1882-2020)

Mennonite Community (full archive, 1947-1952)

Mennonite Family History (full archive, 1982-current)

Mennonite Heritage Center, Harleysville, PA: Newsletter / Quarterly (full archive, 1975-current)

Mennonite Heritage Centre, Winnipeg, MB: Mennonite Historian (full archive, 1975-current)

Mennonite Historical Bulletin (full archive, 1940-2012)

Mennonite Librarian & Archivist (1984-1997 incomplete)

Mennonite Life (full archive, 1946-1999; now published online only)

Mennonite Quarterly Review (full archive, 1927-current)

Mennonite Research Journal (full archive, 1960-1977)

Mennonite Studies, Journal of (1983-1990, 1998-current)

Mennonite Weekly Review / Mennonite World Review (1939-2020)

Mennonitica Helvetica (one volume, 1985)

Mennonitische Friedensbote (1867-1881)

Mennonitische Geschichtsblätter (1988-1993, 2004-current)

Mifflin County Mennonite Historical Society Newsletter (1991-current)

Missionary Church Historical Society: Reflections (2001-2013)

Montgomery County, Historical Society: Bulletin (full archive, 1936-current)

Montgomery County, Historical Society: News / The Acorn (1980-current)

Moyer Family Association, Ontario: Moyer Family Newsletter (1996-2003 incomplete)

Muddy Creek Farm Library: Muddy Creek Review (full archive, 2010-current)

Music Messenger (full archive, 1967-1979)

Old Order Notes (1978-2003)

Old York Road Historical Society Bulletin (1937-1996)

On the Line (full archive, 1971-1997)

Ontario, Mennonite Historical Society: Mennogespräch / Ontario Mennonite History (full archive, 1983-current)

Our Faith (2001-2002)

Overholser Family Association: OFA Bulletin (1980-current)

Pacific Northwest Mennonite Historical Society: Newsletter / Our Heritage (full archive, 1988-current)

Palatine Immigrant (1978-1988 incomplete)

Past Masters in Early American Domestic Arts: Past Masters News (1998-2007)

Pennsylvania Dutchman / Pennsylvania Folklife (full archive, 1949-1997)

Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine (1965-current)

Pennsylvania-German / Penn Germania (full archive, 1900-1914)

Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center, Kutztown: Heritage Center News (1995-current)

Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center, Kutztown: The Penn. German Review (2001-2004)

Pennsylvania German Folklore Society Bulletin (1965-1966)

Pennsylvania German Society: Es Elbedritsch (full archive, 1989-current)

Pennsylvania German Studies Center, Millersville Univ.: Journal (1995-current)

Pennsylvania Heritage (1987-current)

Pennsylvania History (1934-2014)

Pennsylvania Magazine of History & Biography (full archive, 1877-current)

Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage (full archive, 1978-current)

Perkiomen History & Science Society: The Perkiomen Region (full archive, 1921-1936)

Perkiomen Region, Past and Present (full archive, 1895-1901)

Purpose  (1975-1997)

Quaker History (scattered issues, 1907-1995)

Der Reggeboge (full archive, 1967-current)

Religioser Botschafter (1852-1854)

RittenhouseTown: A Journal of History (2000-2006)

The Schwenkfeldian (1903-1914, 1922-current)

Schwenkfeldiana (1940-1955)

Sharing (1967-1985)

Shenandoah Mennonite Historian (full archive, 1994-current)

Skippack Historical Society Newsletter (1979-1999 incomplete)

Swiss Pioneer Preservation Associates Newsletter (full archive, 2007-current)

Tri-County Heritage Society, Morgantown, PA: The Local Historian (1997-current)

Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center, Harrisonburg, VA: Legacy Alive (2005-2011)

The Vindicator (1870-1900)

Waterloo (ON) Historical Society Annual Volume (two volumes, 2012, 2014)

The Way (1922-1965 incomplete)

With (1968-1992)

Words of Cheer (1898-1970)

Young Center for Anabaptist & Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College: News (2008-current)

Youth’s Christian Companion (1920-1968)


German almanacs

Available in the MHC library



Hanzsche: Der Amerikanisch-Deutsche Hausfreund und Baltimore Calender, 1839
Saur: Der Neue Hoch Deutsche Americanische Calender, 1805
Schaeffer und Maund’s Americanischer Stadt- und Land-Calender, 1818
Warner: Der Neue Baltimorer Stadt und Land Calender, 1815


Baert: Verbesserter Hoch-Deutsche Land und Staats-Calender, 1785


Gruber & May: Der Volksfreund und Haegerstauner Calender, 1811, 1816, 1869



Ebner: Der Neue Pennsylvanische Stadt- und Land-Calender, 1829
Trexler: Calender des “Welt-Boten”, 1866, 1870, 1873-1878, 1880, 1883, 1884, 1886-1893


Billmeyer: Der Hoch-Deutsche Americanische Calender, 1794, 1800, 1804, 1807, 1812, 1819, 1822, 1824, 1830
Saur: Der Hoch-Deutsch Americanische Calender, 1775, 1776, 1778


Albrecht: Der Neue, Gemeinnuetzige Landwirtschafts Calender, 1800, 1801, 1805, 1807; Der Gemeinnuetzige Landwirtschafts Calender, 1815, 1816, 1822, 1826, 1827, 1832
Baer (Bear): Neuer Gemeinnuetziger Pennsylvanischer Calender, 1846, 1848, 1849, 1851, 1852, 1854-1858, 1860-1918 (complete)
Dickson(?): Verbessert Hoch-Deutsch-Americanischer Land und Staats-Calender, 1799


Schnee: Neuer Hauswirthschafts-Calender, 1814


Thoma & May: Der Neue Hochdeutsche Orwigsburger Calender, 1830


Behm & Gerhart: Stadt- und Land-Calender, 1873
Cist: Americanischer Stadt und Land Calender, 1802
Elder, Grevemeyer, & Bentley: Der Recept-Kalender, 1881; Der Stadt und Land Kalender, 1881
Jayne’s Medizinischer Calender und Gesundheits Wegweiser, 1869
King & Baird: Der illustrirte Calender, 1865; Der Recept-Calender und Familienweg-Weiser, 1865; Stadt- und Land-Calender, 1855, 1858, 1859, 1866
Mentz: Neuer Calender fuer Bauern und Handwerker, 1838
Miller, Henrich: Der Neueste, Verbessert und Zuverlaessige Americanische Calender, 1774
Miller, J. Washington: Volks-Kalender, 1861
Moss: Neuer Calender fuer Nord-Amerika, 1854
Sauer & Barnes: Der Alte Germantown-Calender, 1858, 1861, 1864; Der Americanische Stadt- und Land-Calender, 1853, 1854, 1857, 1859, 1860, 1863
Schweitzer: Neuer Hauswirthschafts Calender, 1803
Swayne’s Vereinigter Staaten Kalender, 1857
Zentler: Americanischer Stadt und Land Calender, 1814, 1823, 1844, 1847


Egelman: Verbesserter Calender, 1846
Hawley (and successors): Der Neue, Amerikanische Landwirthschafts-Calender, 1877, 1884, 1891, 1896, 1902, 1913, 1916
Ritter: Der Neue, Amerikanische Landwirthschafts-Calender, 1813, 1845-1847, 1852, 1853, 1855, 1859, 1862, 1864, 1866-1870, 1872; Der neue Reading Adler Calender, 1884, 1887, 1894-1896, 1898-1903, 1908


English almanacs

Available in the MHC library



Wooldridge: Farmers’ and Planters’ Hagerstown Almanack, 1888, 1889



Bear: Agricultural Almanac, 1850, 1856, 1859, 1862, 1866, 1868, 1869, 1871, 1873, 1874, 1876-1960 (complete)


Childs: Public Ledger Almanac, 1879
Davis: Farmer’s Almanac, 1853
Denny & Walker: Uncle Sam’s Large Almanac, 1834, 1837
Fisher: The American Farmer’s Almanac, 1865
Hollowbush & Carey: The Farmers’ Almanac, 1865
Johnson & Warner’s Almanac, 1814
King & Baird: Housekeeper’s Almanac, 1872
McCarty & Davis: Pennsylvania Almanac, 1836
McDowell: Columbian Almanac, 1849, 1856, 1861; Wit and Wisdom Almanac, 1861
Peck & Bliss: The United States Almanack, 1854
Pugh: The Pennsylvania Almanac, 1823
Schenck’s Almanac for the Million, 1868
Sower & Barnes: The United States Farmers Almanac, 1862; The Farmers & Mechanics Almanac, 1864
Swayne’s United States Almanac, 1857
Van Court: The Farmer’s and Gardener’s Almanac, 1861; Wit and Wisdom Almanac, 1862


Hostetter’s Illustrated United States Almanac, 1881


Hawley (and successors): The Reading Eagle Almanac, 1887, 1905, 1917-1919, 1921, 1925, 1926


Young: The Pennsylvania Farmers’ Almanac, 1882


Religious almanacs

Available in the MHC library

American Tract Society

Christlicher Volkskalender fuer die Deutschen in den Vereinigten Staaten, 1863


The Brethren’s Almanac for the United States, 1872-1885
Brethren Family Almanac, 1886, 1902, 1906-1908, 1910-1912, 1914-1916


The Friends’ Almanac, 1858, 1867


Der Lutherische Kalender, 1861-1866


Bundesbote-Kalender/Mennonitisches Jahrbuch, 1886-1888, 1890-1907, 1913, 1915, 1923, 1927, 1935, 1948-1953, 1955-1957
Familien-Kalender, 1873-1877, 1879-1896, 1898, 1900, 1902-1909, 1912-1928, 1933
Family Almanac, 1870, 1872, 1873, 1875, 1876, 1878, 1879, 1882-1911, 1913-1930, 1932-1955
Mennonite Year Book and Almanac, 1895-1930 (complete)


Deutscher Kalender fuer die Evangelisch-Reformirte Kirche, 1868