A Study in Shared Heritage: The Amish and Mennonites
Enjoy insider access to an Amish and Mennonite community and explore their enduring ways of life as you enjoy a traditional meal, meet an Amish couple and learn about their culture.
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Program No. 12343RJ
6 days
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In the heart of a thriving Amish and Mennonite community, explore the sociology, history, spirituality and values of these people, through stories and dialogue with a colorful Mennonite historian. Learn what makes the Old Order Amish and Mennonites distinctive and at the same time what we have in common. From a traditional “Thrasher’s Meal” at an Amish home to visiting Amish enterprises, immerse yourself in a way of life that is a refreshing contrast to the modern world. As a special feature, enjoy nature activities, such as bird-watching, at the on-site nature center.
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Easy Going
Minimal walking and standing on this program.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn how the Amish lead their daily lives during field trips through this beautiful farmland region.
  • Visit with a young Amish couple who operate their own Amish store, specializing in herbs and natural health remedies.
  • Meet the proprietors of Amish shops featuring quilts, dry goods, baked goods and furniture.
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Joe Springer
Joe Springer has served as curator of the Mennonite Historical Library at Goshen College since 1986. With close to 75,000 volumes, the library is the world’s largest collection of published material about Mennonites, Amish and related groups. A native of Goshen, Ind., Springer frequently speaks to groups about Anabaptist and Mennonite history. Springer has performed extensive research on topics such as Anabaptist-Mennonite hymns, 19th century migrations of Amish and Mennonite groups, and Amish-Mennonite family history.
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