Penn State University Libraries’ exhibit “Deep Roots: The Amish, Mennonites and Hutterites,” on display through April 27 in Pattee Library on the University Park campus, features representative images from three collections in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library. Together these collections comprise one of the largest and most comprehensive resources on the history and culture of these Anabaptist groups in the United States.
Since the 1970s, an idealized stereotype has emerged, where Amish people are seen as products of a happier time when individuals lived in harmony with one another, the earth, and God, says Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies at Penn State University.
"Amish Diversity in Central Pennsylvania," a lecture, will be presented by Joshua R. Brown from noon to 1 p.m. on Feb. 4 in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library. Mainstream depictions of the Amish often portray them as a monolithic, unchanging religious society. Tourism and popular media paint an Amish portrait of a farming sect with plain clothes and dark-colored buggies. However, Amish groups vary considerably and engage in a constant negotiation of cultural change. More than three centuries after their founding in Europe, defining the Amish is an ever more challenging enterprise.
Gertrude Enders Huntington will present "My Amish Education: From Yale to Hired Girl to Grandmother" at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, in Foster Auditorium (room 101) at Pattee Library on Penn State's University Park campus.
The Penn State University Archives recently acquired a substantial collection of archival materials from Gertrude Enders Huntington, professor emeritus, anthropology (specializing in rural sociology), of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Huntington, who holds a doctorate in social science from Yale University, is a pioneer in Anabaptist research and studies of children as anthropological field assistants. Beginning in the mid-1950s and continuing through the present, she has conducted extensive research of Amish, Mennonite and Hutterite peoples, and has lived in their communities across North America.
Don't talk to strangers. Look both ways before you cross the street. Always wear your seatbelt. Don't climb into the bull's pen.
Something here doesn't fit, or does it?
Most of us remember when we learned to stop, drop, and roll or dial 911, but farm safety was not a part of our school curriculum. Yet for children living in Amish and Mennonite communities, falling into a hay hole or stepping on a pitchfork are common concerns.
Ann and Ted's kids can get up for school whenever they want to. So can Kim and Mark's, and Sue and Sam's. The children's teachers let them sleep in a half hour if they want to. Sometimes, they even let them wear their pajamas to class. These kids are home schooled by their parents.