4 responses to The Geauga Amish Historical Library
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    Comment on The Geauga Amish Historical Library (December 12th, 2014 at 09:34)

    This is fascinating stuff to me.
    I like Historical Libraries, Archives, Historical Societies and even Friends groups.
    That said, I am a volunteer at a museum and as a consequence a member of their Friends Of group, I have also maintained membership in a local, sort of affiliated Historical Society which runs a separate Library / Archive.

    A bit of a gripe session for a second, bare with me:

    The HS and the Friends made a bit of a split within the last couple of years, the municipality has a small conference space within the property of the museum park, and both groups had held collective meetings at the same time, fantastic arrangement for me, but the HS group chose to use a different space in the community while the Friends society kept up use of the Museum space, now both groups meet on different nights of the month, not great with me for work scheduling and traveling. The Friends meetings have typically conflicted with my work, and the HS meetings typically talk about places and locales that are not local.

    I am thinking about scrapping my membership in one or the other (which kind of distresses me because I care so much about both and the root interests that inspired both groups originally), leadership in both groups are like “You’ve been around and helping us for such a long time, we can be lenient with you as far as your dues are concerned, plus we need the people, don’t leave!”, which is nice of them, although I will make time to be involved somehow in the ongoing major shared project somehow

    Yeah, I do like this type of thing, “the Amish Historical Library”,
    There are probably a great core group of people who volunteer their time beyond the management board, that Mr Gingerich is a member, I’d like to applaud those people, kudos to all the people people involved in the Middlefield project!

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    Comment on Interesting (December 13th, 2014 at 18:33)


    I am making note of the address as some of my relatives live in the town next to Middlefield and, though I don’t know when it will be, my next trip to see them I want to visit this library. Thanks for this intersting article.

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    Comment on The Geauga Amish Historical Library (December 13th, 2014 at 20:25)

    What a wonderful endeavor, building this library and providing it with many of your historical possessions..

    Im afraid it might feel something like giving up my first born if I were to give up some of my special books.. even if I knew they’d be loved by many and it was the right thing to do.
    My hat is off to you John G.

    I’d love to stop by sometime & look at some of the genealogy you have.. Next time I get back on a kick, I’ll be in touch.

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      John Gingerich
      Comment on Geauga Amish Historical Library (December 16th, 2014 at 18:09)

      Geauga Amish Historical Library

      You’re right KimH, it might sound strange to some, but many of my books have become like good friends over the years; however, I’m hopeful they’ll have found a good home for many years to come!

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