An Amish Patchwork: Indiana's Old Orders in the Modern World

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Indiana University Press, 2005 - Religion - 191 pages
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Indiana is home to the world's third-largest Amish population. Indiana's 19 Old Order Amish and two Old Order Mennonite communities show a surprising diversity despite all that unites them as a distinct culture. This contemporary portrait of Indiana's Amish is the first book-length overview of Amish in the state. Thomas J. Meyers and Steven M. Nolt present an overview of the beliefs and values of the Amish, their migration history, and the differences between the state's two major Amish ethnic groups (Pennsylvania Dutch and Swiss). They also talk about Indiana's Old Order Mennonites, a group too often confused with the Amish. Meyers and Nolt situate the Amish in their Indiana context, noting an involvement with Indiana's industrial economy that may surprise some. They also treat Amish interaction with state government over private schooling and other matters, and the relationship of the Amish to their neighbors and the tourist industry. This valuable introduction to the Indiana Amish deserves a place on every Hoosier's bookshelf.


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Map of Old Order Amish settlements in Indiana
An Amish settlement east of Paoli
A meetinghouse in an Amish settlement southwest of Salem
Moving to Indiana
An etching of the execution of Anneken Hendriks
A mailbox in Wayne County displays the traditionally
Maintaining the Old Order
An Amish bench wagon or church wagon in Allen County
An Adams County Swiss Amish cemetery
Community and Family Life
Part of the ElkhartLaGrange settlement reflecting the Amish
Amish Schools
Farm Factory Carpentry and Cottage
The Amish and Their Neighbors
Indianas Old Order
The Patchwork in the Modern World

Sign southwest of Salem advertising a phone number indicating
Pennsylvania Dutch and Swiss
A farm in Adams County belonging to a Swiss Amish household
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About the author (2005)

Thomas J. Meyers, Professor of Sociology and Director of International Education at Goshen College, is author of numerous articles on the Indiana Amish and has conducted extensive field research among LaGrange and Elkhart Amish groups. He lives in Goshen, Indiana.

Steven M. Nolt, Associate Professor of History at Goshen College, is author of Amish Enterprise: From Plows to Profits (with Donald Kraybill); A History of the Amish; Foreigners in Their Own Land: Pennsylvania Germans in the Early Republic; and other publications on the Amish and Old Order groups. He lives in Goshen, Indiana.

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