Summary: This is the only currently available volume that identifies the Colonial-era Mennonite and Brethren buildings and sites still in existence in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Complete with photos and map, the book invites strolling through these historic neighborhoods. The Tour Guide section is couched within a short history of these Germantown Mennonites, describing in colorful fashion the life and faith of the first German immigrants to arrive in the New World.
authors offer vivid glimpses into a time in which
newcomers to Pennsylvania holding various religious
convictions sought to live their faith in harmony not
only among themselves but also with Native Americans.
Amid todays religious fragmentation, this glimpse
Part synthesis of primary and
secondary sources, part walking-tour pamphlet, Colonial
Germantown Mennonites can also be read in the
context of current discussions of immigration and
An urge will well up in the
reader of this slender, well-illustrated volume to
include on ones next trip East a walking tour of
this enchanting, historic village.
Colonial Philadelphia was a
seedbed of American religious life. Here Quakers
disdained military theocratic rule, German sectarians
held that religious freedom could flourish only without a
designated official religion, and denominational
diversity had its beginning. This volume introduces the
role of Germantown Mennonites in this formative
Market: Historians and
any readers interested in an accessible history of the
Colonial Germantown Mennonites as well as a guide in text
and pictures to the historic sites from that era visitors
to Germantown can still explore today.
The Authors: Leonard Gross, Goshen, Indiana, was Executive Secretary of the Historical Committee of the Mennonite Church, editor of Mennonite Historical Bulletin, and director of the Mennonite denominational archives and historical research program located at Goshen from 1979-1990. Jan Gleysteen, Goshen, Indiana, has served the Mennonite church for 40 years as artist, writer, editor, and traveling lecturer. For the Germantown Mennonite Tricentennial, 1683-1983, Gleysteen created a series of pen-and-ink illustrations, plus texts, telling the Germantown story
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