20 responses to How Richard Stevick met the Amish
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    Comment on How exciting! (November 19th, 2014 at 08:33)

    How exciting!

    Hi was thrilled to hear how Richard was lucky enough to engage with the Amish, and make it “stick.” I am creating a cultural course on the Amish of Lancaster as my Masters Capstone project, and have had no opportunity to engage on a personal level. I wonder if Richard would be my mentor on creating this course for an Undergraduate Level?
    Any guidance provided on creating this course would be wonderful. I plan to introduce Amish culture; have the students study their values; and compare and contrast them to their own. My hope is that the students will select and apply some of these values in their own families and communities for the betterment of society. To have an Amish expert who is also an instructor would be my ideal mentor!

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      Rich Stevick
      Comment on Get in touch (November 19th, 2014 at 09:33)

      Get in touch

      Hi, Barbara, Contact me through Facebook. If you’re not on there, you can get my contact info from Erik. Sounds like a fine project. Rich

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    Comment on How Richard Stevick met the Amish (November 19th, 2014 at 08:53)

    Love this! I will a look forward to reading more from Richard, too.

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    Comment on How Richard Stevick met the Amish (November 19th, 2014 at 09:44)

    Good Morning Rich,
    My experiences with the Amish over the last twenty years has been quite similar to yours. The Amish of Conewango, NY, a much more conservative group than those folks in Lancaster, introduced me to an interesting vision of what it was like to be “Amish.” As I met Amish in other communities, I would say “this wouldn’t happen in Conewango!” Being known by a relative or neighbor indeed opens doors to meeting new Amish friends. It took me years to built up trust among the folks I now call my friends and they call me a “trusted English friend.” If I visit near dinner time a plate is set for me and I feel honored. The Amish have taught me that all Amish are not the same! Tom the Backroads Traveller

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      Comment on Good experiences/good point (November 19th, 2014 at 11:43)

      Good experiences/good point

      Tom, I have good memories from your showing me around the Angelica, NY, settlement and introducing me to one of your Amish friend families. You are spot on in pointing out how different settlements do Amish differently. I may be teaching a class on the Amish at Chautauqua Institute this summer. If you have any Amish contacts in that area who might consider coming to our class or even cooking a meal for us, Message me with the info. Machs goot. Rich

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    Kevin L.
    Comment on How Richard Stevick met the Amish (November 19th, 2014 at 10:03)

    I enjoyed the article, Rich, on how you met the Amish. I’m looking forward to reading more from you here!
    Kevin L.

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    Comment on Great story! (November 19th, 2014 at 10:03)

    Great story!

    What a great story of your introduction to the Amish! I have your book, but I’ll pop over and buy your wife’s to add to my collection.
    BTW, my great-nephew is a student at Messiah this year and loves it there.

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    Comment on learning the ways (November 19th, 2014 at 10:35)

    learning the ways

    loved the article……I live in Lancaster county… I am surrounded by amish farms. I have a neighbor close, 2 houses over they have a small farm. their garden is so beautiful. I asked the woman a few questions. I want to learn to garden as they do, they have such prolific gardens.I hesitate to ask them much , they are always so busy and when they have little children are very busy, I don’t want to take up their time. does anyone know of any writings on amish gardens that tells how they actually go about it not just showing the beautiful gardens????

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      Comment on Amish Gardens (November 19th, 2014 at 10:40)

      Amish Gardens

      Hi Sharril,

      What about this one?

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    Katie Troyer
    Comment on How Richard Stevick met the Amish (November 19th, 2014 at 10:41)

    I am surprised and pleased to open up Amish America and find Rick Stevick. I never knew the history of your beginning with the Amish. Hopefully I will see you and Polly in Florida this winter.

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    Debbie Rhoades
    Comment on How Richard Stevick met the Amish (November 19th, 2014 at 10:46)

    Rich, what a lovely article! I wish we had courses offered like that Down here in Oklahoma. You sound like the kind of professor that makes his students rush to get to class do they won’t miss a word!

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      Comment on How Richard Stevick met the Amish (November 19th, 2014 at 10:49)

      I agree. I am now creating a course on Amish culture (focusing on the Lancaster Amish) and hope and pray I have the skill to offer lecture notes and antidotes even half as good as Rich could!

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    Naomi Wilson
    Comment on How Richard Stevick met the Amish (November 19th, 2014 at 11:30)

    Thank you, Rich, for this post. You had me grinning most of the way through, and laughing out loud a couple times as I can relate to the relationship-building process. Our family has also taken the morning milking test a couple times. We are now members in a BeachyAM-like church, and the cape dress and head covering go a long way to building up trust as well. While our focus is on Christian discipleship, Anabaptist culture is still fascinating to us. Also, having Amish friends that are relatively untainted by the ways and mannerisms of popular culture gives us a certain focus in raising children in a Godly way that we might otherwise lack.

    I very much look forward to future posts, and still plan to read your book.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on How Richard Stevick met the Amish (November 19th, 2014 at 15:06)

    Thanks for your interesting posting. I look forward to reading more of your writings on Amish America. I was especially interested how you were open and willing to help your host family do whatever needed to be done. I think many people have a “too glamorized” or unrealistic view of what Amish life for many is really like. Things like shoveling horse manure, which I would think almost all Amish families have to do, or butchering chickens, or even washing clothes in a wringer washer are all hard work, which many non-Amish likely think are unpleasant tasks.

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    Char N.
    Comment on How Richard Stevick met the Amish (November 19th, 2014 at 15:44)

    Thank you for writing for us. I think your articles will be most intesting.

    I am excited to learn of the class you teach where people stay with Amish hosts. Do you still teach that class?

    Is there an express version where someone could come in from out of town for the experience. I don’t need the college credts, and I can’t take off work for three weeks, but I’d be intested in any sort of experience like that for a shorter term.

    Anyway, thanks again. I can’t wait to read your new book.
    I have the older version of it, as well as your wife’s book.

    Thank you!

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      Comment on Still teaching (November 20th, 2014 at 08:31)

      Still teaching

      Char, I co-teach the class on Amish life each year in May and June at Messiah College. At this point, our class always maxes out, as they say. I don’t know where you live, but if/when you come to Holmes County, OH, let me know, and I’ll see if I can find a family for you to at least visit with. The staying part would be up to you and them. Rich

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    Comment on How Richard Stevick met the Amish (November 19th, 2014 at 16:44)

    I’m going to chime in and say how much I enjoyed Rich’s Amish origin story too.

    And I want to add that we originally had the story fast forwarding 15 years when it should have been 25. If anyone did the math and caught that before I fixed it this afternoon, you get a high-five 🙂

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Can I clone you? (November 19th, 2014 at 21:04)

    Can I clone you?

    I’ve enjoyed Rich’s book on Rumspringa and just bought the Kindle version of his wife’s book. I’ll certainly be looking forward to his writing for Amish America!

    When I moved to my current home, there was an area high school teacher who had his students do a little hands-on archaeology in a nearby reclaimed gravel pit turned “forest preserve.” It turns out the area had originally been a dairy farm back in the mid 19th century. They helped excavate the remains of a stone dairy barn foundation, and what was apparently a “trash pit”, finding various artifacts from that time. I thought it was fascinating, and have visited the site many times…wishing I could have been in that teacher’s class. Mr. Stevick, you appear to be the same kind of “hands-on” teacher…the kind I’d like to clone for my grandkids’ sake! Whatever you do, don’t stop now! I sure enjoyed reading about how you “got started” with the Amish. Can’t wait for the next “installment”! Thank you!

    Alice Mary

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    Loretta Shumpert
    Comment on How Richard Stevick met the Amish (November 21st, 2014 at 06:19)

    Love this article 🙂

    Richard, just ordered your first book, also your wife’s book.
    Perhaps after that I can get Growing Up Amish. I am looking
    forward to reading the two that I ordered, and that is a lovely
    cover on your wife’s book.

    Welcome aboard on Amish America and will look forward to reading
    your contributions.

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    Comment on This is gonna be good ... (November 23rd, 2014 at 14:26)

    This is gonna be good ...

    real good. I can tell, because Dr. Stevick is like an artist with words. His stories paint a picture as if you have a two way mirror to watch what is going on without anyone knowing that you are even there!

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