Hi, welcome to Amish America.
My name is Erik Wesner. No, I’m not Amish. But since 2004 I’ve been visiting Amish communities across America.
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Who is Erik?
I first got to know the Amish in 2004 while selling Bible story books. Over the next several years I visited thousands (literally) of Amish homes.
In 2008 I was the Snowden Fellow at the Young Center for Anabaptist & Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, where I researched Amish businesses.
In 2010 my first book, Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive was published.
In 2021 I started the Amish America YouTube channel, which grew to 50,000+ subscribers in just 18 months.
Over the past two decades I’ve frequently appeared in media on the Amish including The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, CNN Business, New York Times, and more.
I regularly visit Amish communities and stay with Amish friends, attending events like church, driving an “Amish taxi”, and experiencing Amish life.
I love visiting new communities and learning new things about the Amish. With over 600 Amish communities out there, there is always something new to learn!
You can check out my “Amish communities visited” list here (70+ communities in 17 states). Maybe you’ll see some places you know.
- Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive (2010), Jossey-Bass
- Who are the Amish? (2012), Verbinum
- “The Amish and COVID-19: A Media Survey.” The Journal of Plain Anabaptist Communities volume 1 no. 2 (2021): 57-81.
- “Amish Enterprise: The Collective Power of Ethnic Entrepreneurship,” with Donald B. Kraybill and Steven M. Nolt. Global Business and Economics Review 12, nos. 1 & 2 (2010): 3-20.
- “Sources of Enterprise Success in Amish Communities,” with Donald B. Kraybill and Steven M. Nolt. The Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy 5, no. 2 (2011): 112-30.
Erik in the media
Select media appearances:
The Guardian – “‘Our faith will be lost if we adopt technology’: can the Amish resist the modern world?”, Ian Birrell, December 15, 2018
New York Times – “In Amish Country, the Future Is Calling”, Kevin Granville & Ashley Gilbertson, September 15, 2017
Chicago Tribune – “Living frugally and being happy the Amish way”, Gregory Karp, June 24, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer – “Bent-and-dent Amish and Mennonite food stores are popular in hard times”, Alfred Lubrano, March 2, 2023
CBS 15 News – “Expert discusses how the LaGrange County Amish are dealing with the pandemic”, February 25, 2021
Wall Street Journal – “From Barn Raisings to Home Building”, August 15, 2008
New York Post – “60 seconds with Erik Wesner”, Brian Moore, March 22, 2010
CNN Business – “Why Amish Businesses Succeed” (video), May 4, 2010
CBS 6 News – “Expert, state police urge caution on roads following deadly buggy crashes”, October 19, 2021
MSNBC – Live interview w/Contessa Brewer, April 2, 2010
TIME magazine – “Management, Plain and Simple” by Andrea Sachs, April 8, 2010
Question on the Amish? Please check the FAQ with 300+ questions answered, or leave it in the comments section. If I can’t answer it there, someone else might be able to!
Media inquiry? Feel free to drop me an email, I often help with articles on the Amish and other media.
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What I can’t do:
- Amish pen pal requests (but read this for more)
- Amish lodging requests (but check here for ideas)
- Marketing products to Amish communities (try an Amish-read publication like The Budget)
- Help joining the Amish (but read here for more insights)
Sorry, due to the volume of requests, I’m not able to help with these. But check the linked resources. I hope the info there helps you!
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