Plain Meetinghouses: Lancaster County Old Order Mennonites Gather to Worship

Plain Meetinghouses: Lancaster County Old Order Mennonites Gather to Worship

Oberholtzer, Beth

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Photographs by John Herr. Old Order Mennonites' meetinghouses silently embody their religious traditions, and yet few outsiders have seen the startling utilitarian beauty of these rural structures up close. The author and photographer were allowed rare access to 22 austere houses of worship. The result is a one-of-a-kind book featuring over 300 photos and diagrams that document all aspects of the meetinghouses, from the design of their benches and buggy sheds to the arrangement of tables central to worship. This book is a record of an extraordinary religious heritage. Hardcover. Schiffer Publishing, 2017. 224 pages.