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Plain Meetinghouses

Lancaster County Old Order Mennonites Gather to Worship

by Beth Oberholtzer
Photographs by John Herr

  • 300+ photographs document the utilitarian beauty of Old Order Mennonite meetinghouses in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
  • Timelines document Mennonite schisms over the centuries and show how meetinghouse architecture reflected those differences
  • The author and photographer were granted rare access to these austere buildings

“With lovely photos and insightful text, Beth Oberholtzer and John Herr invite us to consider the rituals of devotion and the details of architecture that shape Old Order worship.”
Steven M. Nolt, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

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  • Size: 9 1/8” x 8 1/8”
  • Illustrations: 333 color and b/w images
  • Pages: 240
  • Binding: hard cover