Our Vision & Mission

Our Vision

Our vision is diverse communities connecting across boundaries by knowing and valuing their own and each other’s stories of life, faith, cultures, and histories.

Vision Illumination

We understand ourselves to be conservers of the historical and ongoing stories of diverse Anabaptists with connections to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

We understand ourselves to be learners, actively pursuing new information and mutually beneficial relationships across boundaries.
We understand ourselves to be communicators, interpreting Lancaster Anabaptist-connected stories for interested audiences.

Our Mission

Our mission is to hold, honor, and share items and stories featuring the lived experiences and faith values of Lancaster Mennonites and interrelated communities.

Mission Illumination

We recognize and value cultural diversity within Lancaster Mennonite-connected communities.
We recognize and value important relationships with interrelated communities, especially, but not limited to, those with Native American partners and African American partners.

Core Values


We encourage exploration of diverse, Mennonite-related historical backgrounds, cultures, stories


We keep and care for documents and artifacts


We proactively make our collections and educational experiences broadly available

Intentional Health

We nurture personal and organizational health, living with integrity and accountability


We seek to be connected and to connect others


As communities we seek to follow Christ in daily life

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Featured Stories

Introducing Mennonite Life

It’s an exciting time to be a Mennonite history…

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Welcome, Refugees

For Mennonites in Lancaster, loving your neighbor means welcoming…

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Mennonite Artists

Beyond folk arts, Mennonites contribute significantly to visual, language,…

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A Caring Revolution

Civilian Public Service (CPS) workers lived in camp settings…

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Discover Something New

Author Talk: Amish Gardens of Lancaster County

Join us for an exploration of Amish kitchen gardens…

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Annual Storytelling Night

Mennonite Life will host its Annual Storytelling Night on…

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Author Talk: Canner Boy with John Hillegass

Join Mennonite Life and Mennonite Central Committee for an…

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Bookworm Frolic

The Bookworm Frolic takes place Thursday, September 12 through…

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