This article examines Beverly Lewis’s highly popular trilogy The Heritage of Lancaster County,
a series often cited as inspiring the Amish romance novel trend. Although Lewis did not invent
the Amish romance, the high visibility that her work enjoys in the media, and the conventional
wisdom that she was the first to develop the genre, means that subsequent novels are necessarily
responding to and adapting Lewis’s texts. Looking at Lewis’s trilogy as a foundational text, this
article analyzes the ways in which it draws on Gothic conventions to perform evangelical
cultural work (to use Jane Tompkins’s phrase). Considering the trilogy as a Gothic text within the
Jones, Paul; Field, William; Kraybill, Donald; Scott, Stephen
To achieve a clearer picture of injuries within Old Order Anabaptist communities, Purdue
University’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program collaborated with the Young Center for
Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College to conduct a pilot study on this topic.
The team developed an injury surveillance system based not on traditional injury data sources
and instruments but on data provided in Old Order-produced publications, specifically The
Budget, Die Botschaft, and The Diary. While traditional surveillance methods have generally
yielded injury data on less than 30 Old Order cases per year, the Old Order Injury Database,
developed through the Purdue/Young Center collaboration, yielded data on 1,153 cases for...
The Bruderhof Community, founded by Eberhard Arnold in Germany shortly after World War I, envisions communal life according to the principles of early Anabaptism, Christian Socialism, and the German Youth Movement. Persecuted by the National Socialists in the 1930s, the group migrated to America. Despite harassment and expulsion from Germany, it has attempted to reunite with its geographic birthplace. Reasons for continued efforts to reconnect to the German homeland can be found in the movement’s historical development as a free church with a global awareness and outreach. Analyzing the Bruderhof’s experience with persecution, its distinct theology, and perseverance as a...
Key leaders in a Beachy Amish-Mennonite church in southwest Georgia were interviewed to discuss the congregation’s history and position on religious beliefs and practices, gender roles and family life, education, work life, and areas of current concern. I then use the framework of boundary maintenance to assess the congregation’s viability. I conclude that while this
congregation has experienced a variety of changes, its history reflects continuity rather than change.
This paper presents the results of a survey of college courses taught on the Amish. It is based on
a series of interviews with instructors at other institutions of higher learning whose courses focus
on the Amish, an examination of their syllabi, and analysis of student writing from the course I
teach at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The survey was designed to ascertain the goals of
professors who teach a class about the Amish and how they best achieve their course objectives.
Secondly, the survey explored what attracts college students to a course about the Amish, and
what prior knowledge, and preconceptions they bring with them....
A survey of Notabücher (tune books) currently used by geographically diverse Amish
communities leads to the conclusion that Amish slow tunes can be placed into three categories
according to date of origin. I've dubbed these Old, Middle, and New Groups. Old Group tunes
are derived from sixteenth century folk songs and Reformation era hymns. Middle Group tunes
are, for the most part, based on later German chorales and New Group tunes have been adapted
from early American hymn tunes. I begin this article with a brief summary of earlier research on
Amish slow tunes, then give an overview of current Notabücher, their compilers, and layout.
Donnermeyer, Joseph F.; Luthy, David
This short research report is based upon previous editions of “Amish Settlements across North
America,” which was published periodically in Family Life. It accounts for new settlements
founded since the last edition (2008), as well as settlements which are recently extinct. The
information is presented in a series of six tables, including a list of all Amish settlements as of
September 30, 2013 (Table 1). Table 2 summarizes the number of settlements and church
districts in each state, while Tables 3 and 4 shows trends in settlement increases, decade by
decade, since 1900. Table 5 is a list of settlements which became extinct between 2009 and