Catch up on the 25 most recent comments at Amish America


Amish Heritage Foundation Challenging Wisconsin v. Yoder

Comment #197565 by jim boles on 18.08.18, 10:17

Hopefully this site can do a follow regarding the outcome of the meeting.
“Disrupting History: Reclaiming Our Amish Story”, or, point to where to find information on the web regarding the meeting’s outcome.

View post and comment here: Amish Heritage Foundation Challenging Wisconsin v. Yoder


Simply Amish Book Winner (Plus: Excerpt on Amish Marriage & Family)

Comment #197524 by Juanita Cook on 18.08.18, 07:19

Congratulations Caro
l on winning Simply Amish.

View post and comment here: Simply Amish Book Winner (Plus: Excerpt on Amish Marriage & Family)


2018 Amish Population: 330,000 Amish in 4 Countries

Comment #196476 by Quay Brown on 17.08.18, 22:46

The 12th largest Amish community is listed in Seymour county, Missouri. There is no Seymour county in Missouri.
This community is near the town of Seymour in Webster county Missouri. I am an Amish taxi driver and have transported Amish to this community. Enjoy your articles.

View post and comment here: 2018 Amish Population: 330,000 Amish in 4 Countries


Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway)

Comment #196436 by Irene Hardin on 17.08.18, 19:47

Thank you so much for keeping me updated, please keep up the great work. I look forward to every email you send out! Thanks again!

View post and comment here: Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway)


Inside A Missouri Amish Home (25 Photos)

Comment #196339 by Don Burke on 17.08.18, 11:00

Diane, thanks for your observation. I don’t offer this to so much disagree with you, but to maybe offer a little bit of an explanation. Yes, I would certainly agree that this is not the minimalistic appearance that we often have in mind when thinking of an Amish home. But I believe the family had 4 or 5 teens / young adults at the time, and even minimalistic tends to add up with that many young folks living in the same family area. But more than that, I think that photography is largely to blame here. Pictures (as here) can often have the effect of “flattening out” what we see. So all the various things scattered throughout a room with (say) 20 feet of depth is squeezed together in the picture to look like it’s all on top of each other. So having been there and being the one who took the picture, I would say that it actually wasn’t cluttered at all. Just a cozy, lived-in comfy place that when all squeezed into a two-dimensional picture might look more cluttered than it actually was.

View post and comment here: Inside A Missouri Amish Home (25 Photos)


Inside A Missouri Amish Home (25 Photos)

Comment #196318 by Diane on 17.08.18, 09:23

at the clutter in this Amish home. It’s more cluttered than mine. I think she could benefit from my Konmari organization method. Never thought I’d say that about an Amish home. Looking at other photos has trained me to be minimalistic. Cute and homey though.

View post and comment here: Inside A Missouri Amish Home (25 Photos)


Inside A Missouri Amish Home (25 Photos)

Comment #196313 by Don Burke on 17.08.18, 08:53

Thanks Randy and Conchita. It’s a joy to be able to share my adventures with others. (BTW, “stay tuned” (as they used to say) because I think Erik has plans for more of my posts coming very soon! 😉 )

View post and comment here: Inside A Missouri Amish Home (25 Photos)


Inside A Missouri Amish Home (25 Photos)

Comment #196303 by Randy A on 17.08.18, 07:57

I always enjoy your posts with the photos. They make the post come alive.

View post and comment here: Inside A Missouri Amish Home (25 Photos)


The Holy Kiss

Comment #196254 by Lewis on 17.08.18, 04:59

I heard the men would kiss about as fast as a rooster pecking . I just kiss my hand and say good morning to all or greeting . I ain’t kissing no man , brother or sister in a church . And i dont eant my wife kissed by another women . Thats junk aint right .

View post and comment here: The Holy Kiss


Amish Barns - Virginia

Comment #196243 by cammie gustafson-flanagan on 17.08.18, 04:12

we are in mathews county va and would like a 36 x 6o post and beam barn . please contact cammie at 804 384 8441

View post and comment here: Amish Barns - Virginia


Missouri Amish

Comment #195862 by Jennifer Shoemaker on 16.08.18, 20:30

I live just a few miles from a large and expanding Mennonite community with all types of businesses, many of them plant and produce. I have shopped with them many years and have always experienced a friendly while conservative atmosphere.

View post and comment here: Missouri Amish


Inside A Missouri Amish Home (25 Photos)

Comment #195833 by Erik/Amish America on 16.08.18, 16:51

Thanks, Don!

View post and comment here: Inside A Missouri Amish Home (25 Photos)


Inside A Missouri Amish Home (25 Photos)

Comment #195832 by Erik/Amish America on 16.08.18, 16:50

Good observation, I never noticed that myself. Don’t know the answer but I wouldn’t be surprised.

View post and comment here: Inside A Missouri Amish Home (25 Photos)


Look Inside an Ohio Amish Home (7 Photos)

Comment #195831 by Maureen on 16.08.18, 16:45

I’ve had problems from electronic technology being aimed at me for years, and the thought of living in such a way as the Amish sounds absolutely wonderful.

I don’t think most people realise what health problems can be caused by electricity. Also by the new “smart” meters in the home and smart technology that actually communicates with other electrical devicesm inside and outside the home. It truly is beyond our comprehension what can be done through electricity.

Good on you, Amish folk. You’re blessed not having these things.

View post and comment here: Look Inside an Ohio Amish Home (7 Photos)


Amish Heritage Foundation Challenging Wisconsin v. Yoder

Comment #195826 by Nicholas on 16.08.18, 15:46

I don’t quite understand why these ex-Amish think Wisconsin v. Yoder et al. is a betrayal of the Amish academic futures. The law that was in question at the time of the landmark case was about compulsory school attendance. In my law classes, our professor discussed the case (it was in the textbook, and we were just east of the Elkhart/Lagrange community) stating that the law was intended to ensure the youth of America would leave school as productive members of society, not as future wards of the state. Part of the response given by the Supreme Court Justices noted that the Amish faith prepared their youth for productivity and being a part of the larger workforce. In other words, the professor said, the Amish were fulfilling the purpose of the compulsory attendance law in their own way before the law was even enacted. Adding this to the danger of Amish youth leaving the faith after exposure to higher education, the court ruled in favor of the Amish and Mennonites involved in the case.

Some of the Hutterites have currently developed a course of study with Canadian universities to educate their young people and provide them with teaching degrees that are to be used in the colony schools. Perhaps that would be path the Amish in question could take. Getting a “religious freedom victory” overturned and asking the government to be involved in church run education could easily come back to haunt you.

View post and comment here: Amish Heritage Foundation Challenging Wisconsin v. Yoder


Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway)

Comment #195822 by Diane White on 16.08.18, 14:54

I just wanted to tell you how I have appreciated the information you have put forth regarding the Amish. So interesting and captivating. Hardly anyone I talk to knows the truths about the Amish Culture so by reading your books and articles I am able to inform them of what the real truths are.

Thank you again, don’t ever stop what you are doing.

Diane White
Springfield, MO 65809

View post and comment here: Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway)


Inside A Missouri Amish Home (25 Photos)

Comment #195820 by conchita walker on 16.08.18, 14:49

Very interesting pictures of a Missouri Amish home.

View post and comment here: Inside A Missouri Amish Home (25 Photos)


Inside A Missouri Amish Home (25 Photos)

Comment #195819 by Don Burke on 16.08.18, 14:49

It is always a pleasure to be a part of a post here on Amish America. Thanks Erik for highlighting my work again!

View post and comment here: Inside A Missouri Amish Home (25 Photos)


Inside A Missouri Amish Home (25 Photos)

Comment #195817 by Brenda Hine on 16.08.18, 14:38

I also see that in all the Amish homes the ceiling paint is a high gloss.
Is this to reflect the light and help with make it brighter?

View post and comment here: Inside A Missouri Amish Home (25 Photos)


2018 Amish Population: 330,000 Amish in 4 Countries

Comment #195794 by Aj on 16.08.18, 12:06

The Amish are likely to become a significant cultural minority population within 2 generations. A generation is 20-25 years. So if current trends continue there could be over 1 million Amish in 2 generations. In 5 generations, there could be 10 million Amish.

Of course this future reality may not happen, but it is very likely we will see at least 1 million Amish. At that point, and if their growth continues apace, we will have a future United Ststes where Amish are no longer talked about as just some cultural fringe community, but as one of America’s most prominent and important cultural groups. Similar to Italian-Americans or Jewish-Americans, but culturally distinct from others. I think this is important and will have significant impact on politics and the economy if that does happen, because even if the Amish themselves shun politics and certain consumer trends they will be reached out to regardless. You already seen that in the agriculture banking sector and natural gas industries. It wouldn’t surprise me if car dealers at some point in the distant future start selling carriages alongside buggies at dealerships with Ford and Chrysler logos.

View post and comment here: 2018 Amish Population: 330,000 Amish in 4 Countries


Amish Heritage Foundation Challenging Wisconsin v. Yoder

Comment #195743 by Cornelia Ehrbar on 16.08.18, 07:50

Why don’t the communities have a school of their own like the Baptist do? Would the Amish be allowed to join a Bible college? Aren’t their educational goals set by the communities and enforced for home schooling? I am sure that there would be a way to combine religion and culture within the bounderies of the Amish culture..

View post and comment here: Amish Heritage Foundation Challenging Wisconsin v. Yoder


Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway)

Comment #195690 by Julee Catherine Parker on 16.08.18, 03:42

I have been facinated by all things Amish for about 20 years and have my own ‘Amish Library’. When friends and family visit they check to see what is new in the ‘library’. Occasionally I lend to a very trusted friend who I know will look after my book and will return it. It is very difficult if not impossible to buy anything in Australia about the subject so I source secondhand books in the US. I’m hoping when I retire in the next 3 years that my husband and I can visit some communities in Pennsylvannia and Ohio and experience it all first hand. I would love to add your book to my collection of your other texts. I enjoy your books because they give a very balanced view of the subject without romancitisation that you find in some books.

View post and comment here: Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway)


Do the Amish use computers and the internet?

Comment #195479 by Janes on 15.08.18, 21:00

Hi there,

I am quite surprised that there is an amish online community. I am based in Germany and watched this interesting documentary about amish communities on youtube :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMOvXBm8dO8

I like the way the amish people live free of toxic car exhaust, industrialized foods and in healthy family structures. It looks like a very good live but the lack of income potential and having to live without the comfort of the internet at home seems to be quite a reduction in life quality hard to compensate. Montana and the contry / close to nature life look quite idillic.

Best regards !
Janes

View post and comment here: Do the Amish use computers and the internet?


Amish Midwives Plead Guilty To Felony Charges; Face 180 Days Imprisonment

Comment #195471 by Rob on 15.08.18, 20:36

Are these women being tried by thier peers ?
I think not.

View post and comment here: Amish Midwives Plead Guilty To Felony Charges; Face 180 Days Imprisonment


Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway)

Comment #195457 by Sandy Kirk on 15.08.18, 18:46

My ancestors came to this country from Wales and settled in Harrisburg. A generation or so later, they moved to Gold Hill, NC. As I grew up, whenever we had apple “fried pies”, my Daddy would often comment that his Granny always called them “schnitz” pies. He didn’t know why. Now I do!

View post and comment here: Donald Kraybill on Simply Amish (Q-and-A & Giveaway)