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Historical Architecture of Pennsylvania
by Scott D. Butcher
Explore nearly 300 years and 36 styles of American architecture through historic Pennsylvania buildings from Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.
A Clash of Cultures Native Americans and Colonialism in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania by Darvin L. Martin Sites and descriptions of 5 cultures; Nanticoke, Piscataway, Conoy, Shawnee, Shenks Ferry, and Susquehannock. $9.95
A Bit of Heaven on the Conestoga by Lois Martin Zook $9.99
The Cost of the Crown: An Anabaptist Martyr Story Claudia Esh The dark, bloody battle of the sixteenth-century Reformation rages in the hearts of young Margriete and her closest friend, Grietje. Go with them as they decide if they are willing to pay the cost of the crown. $6.99
Hidden Riches: A Journey of Faith to a New Land
by Romaine Stauffer
Novel about 18th-century Mennonite immigrant Christian Burkholder and his family. Paperback.
Genealogical Record of Reverend Hans Herr and His Direct Lineal Descendants
by Theodore W. Herr
Third edition with corrections and supplemental data by Dr. Phillip E. Bedient. Major surnames: Bachman, Barr, Bowman, Brackbill, Breneman, Carpenter, Eckman, Forney, Forrer, Frantz, Frick, Funk, Groff, Grove, Harnish, Hershey, Hess, Hoover, Hostetter, Kauffman, Kendig, Kreider, Landis, Lefever, Long, Martin, Metzler, Miller, Musselman, Musser, Myers, Neff, Rohrer, Rutter, Shaub, Shenk, Snavely, Strite, Summy, Weaver, Wenger, Wilson, Witmer. Hardcover.
Index to the Genealogical Record of Reverend Hans Herr
indexed and published by Olde Springfield Shoppe, Elverson, Pennsylvania
by Rebecca Martin
Mother clasped Joanna’s hand and whispered in an awed sort of way, “We’re off. We’re on our way to Ohio!” The horses picked up speed, eager to follow the other teams. The big wagon swayed . . . A journey from Fayette County, Pennsylvania, to Firfield County, Ohio, would take a matter of hours today. But for Joanna Huber and her family, moving to the western frontier in 1830, this would be a long trip full of danger and adventure. Indians…bears…river pirates, there’s lot’s of excitement in store! And along the way, ten-year-old Joanna learns about the journey of faith, where God’s love is the guiding light as we travel through life.
Life in a Longhouse Village
by Bobbie Kalman
The people who lived in the northeastern woodlands belonged to many nations and spoke many languages including Iroquoian and Algonkian. Life in a Longhouse Village was a way of life all of the nations shared. Children will learn about the fascinating lifestyle of these hunters and farmers and discover what life was like in a longhouse clan. Paperback.
Little Bear Builds a Wigwam
by Sherman Stoltzfus
illustrated by Edie Zimmerman and Audrey Kanagy
The story describes what life may have been like for a Nanticoke family living in Delaware about 1492 A.D. over the course of one year. Hardcover.
The Master’s Trade
by Rebecca Martin
With high hopes John Rittenhouses’ parents join the surge of Mennonites into the American frontier. The Master Craftsman carves out young John’s faith and character in this budding wilderness where medical help is scarce and hard work and danger are plentiful.
Beautiful photos and interesting text set at the 1719 Hans Herr House. Eighteenth-century Christian finds something that will make his work easier. Should he keep it? Paperback.
A Modest Mennonite Home
by Steven K. Friesen
A Herr House Museum bestseller. Chapters include information on the roots of Anabaptism, the Herr family, their journey to the new world, the early Pennsylvania settlement, and a history of the house from its construction until it became a museum in the 1970s. Many photographs. Introduction by American painter Andrew Wyeth, whose mother was a distant relation to Christian Herr. (128 pages, paperbound)
Nations of the Eastern Great Lakes
by Bobbie Kalman and Rebecca Sjonger
This informative book describes the many Native nations that lived in the eastern Great Lakes region in the seventeenth century. Beautiful images depict the daily lives of these peoples, including housing, transportation, and methods of finding food.
Nations of the Northeast Coast
by Bobbie Kalman and Molly Aloian
Nations of the Northeast Coast describes the many Native nations that lived along the coast of northeastern North America during the seventeenth century. Beautiful paintings and detailed illustrations highlight the lives and traditions of the Abenaki and many other nations. Young readers will be fascinated to learn about the hunting and fishing practices, methods of transportation, and family lives of these Native peoples. Children will also learn about the different foods they gathered the homes in which the Native people lived where their villages were established the many changes and conflicts that took place when Natives came into contact with Europeans.
Native North American Foods & Recipes
by Bobbie Kalman and Kathryn Smithyman
Readers will be fascinated by the wide variety of foods that early Native peoples hunted, gathered and grew. They will also be amazed to learn that many of the foods they now eat were introduced by Native North Americans. This interesting book also includes Native cooking styles and several recipes inspired by the many Native nations throughout North America. Kids will find the recipes easy to follow and will love tasting Native foods and flavors!
by Louise A. Vernon
illustrated by Allan Eitzen
Menno Simons was first a Catholic priest. As he read and studied the Bible, Menno began to understand the Christian life in a different way. Eventually he became an Anabaptist preacher. Soon, Menno Simons became the leader of the Anabaptists, now known as Mennonites. 138 pages.
The Path to America: from Switzerland to Lancaster County
by Myrna Grove
Illustrated by Peg Knueve
Dedicated to the faithfulness and fortitude of the first Mennonite settlers who forged a new life in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in the early 1700s. This book celebrates the 300th anniversary (1710-2010) of their arrival in America. Paperback.
Pequea Settlement 1710: Self-Guided Tour
Initial Sites of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Concept and text by Samuel E. Wenger. Collaboration by Mary Lou Weaver Houser, R. Martin Keen and Joanne Hess
Susanna’s Surprise: A Day at the Hans Herr House
by Lynette Leaman Brenneman
Full color photos and text give a child’s-eye view of what life may have been like in the Herr household in 18th-century Pennsylvania. Paperback.
Trailblazing in Penn’s Woods
by Carrie Bender
Dannie and Susie Petersheim delve into a box of books given to them by a neighbor and learn about Dorothea Marguerite who travels to America with her mother. Sadly, her mother dies at sea and Dorothea finds herself alone in a strange new land. Kind friends, Christian and Anna Herr give her a home in Grasdaudy Hans Herr’s house near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, before she travels westward with her uncle through the thickets of Penn’s Woods. Book four in the Willowcreek Series.
Voyage of No Return
by Norma Plank
As a farewell gesture to good friends, Johan and Margaret Blankenburg (Plank) travel with Karl and Susie to the Rotterdam Port. Here Karl and Susie plan to sail for the land of freedom—America. Charming Captain Boswell convinces Johan and Margaret to spend their last night with Karl and Susie aboard the Minerva. Johan and Margaret awaken the next morning to discover something is wrong. Dreadfully wrong.
The Secret Church
by Louise A. Vernon
illustrated by Allen Eitzen
The Anabaptists are a small group of Christians who believe that everyone is a priest and should be able to study the Bible. They refuse to baptize their babies, and instead baptize adults on a confession of faith in Christ. Because of these heretical acts they are persecuted and sometimes put in prison. Join Richard as he helps his family, runs from guards, meets the legendary Menno Simons, and decides for himself whether he too wants to join the secret church.
by Thieleman J. van Braght
Classic graphic accounts of more than 4,000 Christians who endured suffering, torture, and a martyr’s death because of their simple faith in the gospel of Christ. Includes more than 50 finely detailed etchings by noted Dutch artist Jan Luyken. Songs, letters, prayers, and confessions appear with the stories of many “defenseless Christians” who were able to love their enemies and return good for evil.
This gigantic book calls believers to follow Jesus in all areas of life, even unto death. Come what may, true Christian commitment demands supreme discipleship and steadfast adherence to the teachings modeled by Jesus and his apostles.
Written and published in 1659 by a Dutch Mennonite, Thieleman J. van Braght, to strengthen the faith of his fellow believers, and translated into German in 1748 at the time of the French and Indian War for the same reason. In 1886 Martyrs Mirror was translated into English to challenge generations of Christians in North America.
Jacob’s Choice: Return to Northkill, Book One
by Ervin Stutzman
Jacob Hochstetler is a peace-loving Amish settler on the Pennsylvania frontier when Native American warriors, goaded on by the hostilities of the French and Indian War, attack his family one September night in 1757. Taken captive by the warriors and grieving for the family members just killed, Jacob finds his beliefs about love and nonresistance severely tested.
Jacob endures a hard winter as a prisoner in an Indian longhouse. Meanwhile, some members of his congregation—the first Amish settlement in America—move away for fear of further attacks.
Based on actual events, Jacob’s Choice describes how one man’s commitment to pacifism leads to a season of captivity, a complicated romance, an unrelenting search for missing family members, and an astounding act of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Unwilling captive or adopted son? Amish teen Joseph Hochstetler is taken into captivity by Native Americans during the French and Indian War. Initially he resists the Indians’ attempts to help him adapt to their ways—their food, games, and relaxed pace of life.
In this story of forbidden love, Joseph finds himself pressed between his unfolding romance with a young Indian woman and the tug of his heritage. His eyes newly opened to the wrongs committed by the white settlers, Joseph determines never to go back to his Amish community.
But the encroaching British army soon forces the Indians to give up their captives under threat of death. Based on actual events, Joseph’s Dilemma traces the wrenching dilemma of a young man caught between his Amish past, his love for a woman, and an unknown future.
Continues the story started in Jacob’s Choice.