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Polish Mennonite Legacy

Just something I'm associated with and thought it might be interesting to  those interested in reading about lost Mennonite communities. Plus, the work being done to restore them...


Re: legacy

I became involved a few years ago from reading 'A history of the Amish' and a small paragraph in it about Amish moving to Poland in mid 1780's and from there did a lot of searching and found this group... Always looking for Polish things, Northern Native American things, my dad was Polish-Jewish and my mom was english-german with somewhere in there sioux, or so I was told... So many travels in my early years to Dakotas and Poland and Israel, etc...

The things you find with researching family is cool, like my big discovery that Lech Walesa -Poland  Solidarity trade union was related to me

I am always researching ancient civilizations and cultures...And the early Anabapist - Mennonites and Amish have a great past culture history

enough about me.....


Thanks for the information TomK.  I had wondered why you seemed to be writing from Poland on your site.


How did you become involved in this project?    We have an interest in restorations, but the ones we've seen have been American Indian or  early U.S.-----homes, forts, etc.   My husband also grew up near the the restorations of Shoenbrun [Moravian Indian mission] & Zoar [ religious/communal community] in Ohio.   When we were in Lititz, PA, last year, we became interested in the Moravian buildings, both nearby & in one area of that town.   Next time, we hope to get to the Mennonite Ctr. in Lancaster, which will lead us to the places/buildings which came from that culture. 

On my one quick trip to AZ, I found that I really loved both the Native American places & the missions.  Hoping to return some day to see much more.  It seems that I get into history much more when I can see the spaces, things used----& even the light, as it streams [or doesn't] into the place.  I'm also one who sometimes learns more from historical fiction or musicals----because I can better feel/understand what made the people tick.  CS

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