Amish and Mennonites: Don’t know much about Pennsylvania Dutch history? Linked in with neat history stuff, May 14, 2012

The Amish and Mennonites fascinate folks but how often do you have an opportunity to increase your understanding of these Pennsylvania Dutch denominations? Old Order Amish and Mennonite historians who will discuss the topic of “Amish and Mennonite:  History of Growing Faith Communities” at 7 p.m., June 10, at Martindale Mennonite Fellowship Center, in Ephrata, Lancaster County. Steven M. Nolt, Mennonite historian, and three Old Order Mennonite and Amish historians will speak. Among other things, the historians will explore the expansion among Anabaptist religious communities in the United States. That’s certainly happening in southeastern York County. The session is co-sponsored by Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and the Swiss Pioneer Associates.  For more information about the event, contact Also of interest: Amishman: ‘We are making a commitment to forgive’.

Neat stuff from all over … .

Gettysburg 150 coverage in sister newsrooms in York, Hanover and Chambersburg  is heating up.

For example, recent posts on have included SWAT exercises in Gettysburg and the fact the American Civil War Wax Museum is up for sale.

And, of course, those newsrooms are continuing their coverage of all kinds of other history stories in and around Adams County.  Check out an archaeological dig at a Gettysburg area church and a film crew’s visit to historic East Berlin.

Historic inn for sale: This Lebanon Daily News story tells about the planned auction of a landmark, Historic Cornwall Inn.

Southpaw throws again: Pat Abdalla, over at the Southpaw blog, continues telling us about famous pro baseball players who took the diamond in York. Here’s a post about Josh Gibson hitting two home runs in York.

Another famous face: Frankie Muniz of “Malcolm in the Middle” is a TV start and also a member of a local rock band, Kingsfoil. How did he connect with the band and York County? Check out: Kingsfoil. 

Videographer Sonya Paclob posted this on Facebook: “Thought you might enjoy this, How do people pronounce Utz? York Daily Record/Sunday News made a video! Don’t forget to check out the bloopers at the end! It involves alpacas.

*Top photo courtesy LMHS

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Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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