Mifflin County Mennonite Historical Society is the outgrowth of five years of planning and negotiating by a handful of dedicated Mennonites and Amish, descendants of early settlers to Mifflin County. The Heritage Center doors were opened to the public, October 1988. Housed in an old brick bank building, the facility has a humidity-controlled book room, a reading/display room, and a reception/display room on the first floor. The second floor is used for storage.
Resources for research and services offered by the Society are (1) a collection of older and current books on Anabaptist history and thought, (2) a growing collection of genealogy books, cemetery directories and obituaries, (3) a collection of artifacts from Mennonite and Amish families, (4) a collection of local newspapers, pamphlets and other publications telling the Mifflin County story, (5) a quarterly newsletter, (6) guided tours, focusing on Big Valley history, and (7) taking requests for information from persons unable to come to the Heritage Center.
Members receive the quarterly newsletter and have free use of the resources at the Heritage Center and the Mifflin County Historical Society located in Lewistown. Telephone (717) 242-1022.
In 1991 the Society published Mifflin County Amish and Mennonite Story, 1791-1991, by S. Duane Kauffman. This is a 472-page comprehensive history which went into a second printing in the year 2000 and is available from the Heritage Center for $25 postpaid. The author is a long-time high school history teacher and Mifflin County native.
The Heritage Center is open mid-April through December, Wednesdays and Saturdays 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. January to mid-April it is open only on Saturday. Persons may use the center at other times by appointment.