Photographer David Marvitz has captured some striking images of Amish doing an important winter chore in Iowa. While many Amish use propane or natural gas-powered refrigerators to keep food cold (see point #4 here), the more traditional Amish use ice houses. This is prime time to collect frozen fuel for these structures, which keep food chilled […]
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Reader Steve writes in with a question. I know a lot of you have Amish friends and may have faced this situation: I LOVE your website — I often find myself poring through it in the hope of finding a new or different slant on things. We recently bought a house in Lancaster County (PA) […]
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“Sis en Bu.” “Sis en Maedel.” You’d hear these words often enough in Amish homes, with their ever-expanding families. These Pennsylvania Dutch phrases mean “It’s a boy” and “It’s a girl,” as noted in a recent article on the language, “Keeping the Pennsylvania Dutch language alive – and thriving.” Is Pennsylvania Dutch alive and thriving? […]
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Thanks to everyone for another great year. It’s been over 11 years now since I fired up this site in November 2006, really having no idea at the time where posting my observations on the Amish might lead. Thousands of posts and nearly 50,000 blog comments later, it’s been one of the most enriching things […]
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Interesting column this week from Gloria Yoder. Gloria, an Amish mother from southern Illinois, writes the Amish Cook column. It’s not unusual to find Amish serving as foster families for non-Amish children. When I sold books in Amish communities, I would bump into these situations from time to time. This week Gloria answers several questions on fostering among […]
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A nice feel-good story out of northwestern Minnesota: GLYNDON, Minn. — A fire destroyed multiple buildings at Andy Lake Woodworks in May. Now a group of Amish workers are bringing out all of their tools to help owners of the business rebuild. Andy Lakes Woodworks has risen from the ashes, and it’s all thanks to […]
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This is a simple two-minute video, showing scenes from a barn-raising at Walnut Creek, Ohio. I like it because, besides some bumper text, there is no narration – just clips of activity accompanied by the sounds of hammering and machinery. You see children observing the scene, horses chomping on a snack, and women walking around, while […]
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Anyone out there in Amish America-land catch the eclipse yesterday? I noticed a few news articles today referencing Amish and the event, such as this report or this one referencing a meeting “with some 1,200 other Amish and Mennonites on a large hill on an Amish farm.” More than a handful of Amish communities were in the […]
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How do Amish support each other when disaster strikes? How do rules typically change in Amish churches? And how do Amish pay for health care? Amish couple Ivan and Ruth Chupp of Burr Oak, Michigan share succinct answers to these questions in today’s interviews. The three videos below are by Joseph Michaels, responsible for other interviews we’ve seen […]
How different are High German and the everyday language of the Amish*, Pennsylvania German (aka Pennsylvania Dutch)? In today’s video, a High German speaker converses with three Amish people – first Menno Petersheim of Shipshewana, IN, then Ivan and Ruth Chupp of Burr Oak, MI. You can see how well they are able to understand one […]
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