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PLAIN MEETINGHOUSES:
Lancaster County Old Order Mennonites Gather to Worship
Beth Oberholtzer, Photographs by John Herr
• 300+ photographs document the utilitarian beauty of Old Order
Mennonite meetinghouses in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
• Timelines document Mennonite schisms over the centuries and show
how meetinghouse architecture reflected those differences
• The author and photographer were granted rare access to these
austere buildings
Old Order Mennonites are deeply faithful, agrarian-rooted, Swiss-German
Anabaptists who have called Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, home for
300 years. Their meetinghouses silently embody their religious traditions,
and yet few outsiders have seen the startling utilitarian beauty of these
rural structures up close. The author and photographer were allowed rare
access to 22 austere houses of worship. The result is a one-of-a-kind book
featuring over 300 photos and diagrams that document all aspects of the
meetinghouses, from the design of their benches and buggy sheds to the
arrangement of tables central toworship. As fast-growing Lancaster County
encroaches on the Old Order way of life, their communities are changing.
This book is a record of an extraordinary religious heritage.
BethOberholtzer
is a bookdesigner, editor, and author fromLancaster,
Pennsylvania. JohnHerr is an architecture photographer, also fromLancaster
County, whose work documents contemporary and historic buildings. Beth
andJohnaredescendantsofSwiss-GermanMennoniteswhointheearly1700s
escaped religious persecution and settled in Lancaster County.
Size: 9 1/8" × 8 1/8" • 333 color and b/w images • 240 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-5301-7 • hard cover • $34.99
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