September 7, 2020


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm





Annual Storytelling Night returns September 7, 2020, at 7 pm, featuring Dr. Pamela Tieszen, Superintendent of Lancaster Mennonite Schools, and Nelson Okanya, Global Missions President at the Center for Serving Leadership.

Told in a series of short-format stories, each storyteller relates personal anecdotes from richly varied life experiences. The event broadcasts exclusively on Facebook Live at

As Superintendent of Lancaster Mennonite Schools, Dr. Tieszen manages three education campuses in Lancaster County. She previously served as vice president of advancement at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, and as head of school at Freeman Academy in Freeman, South Dakota, her home community. She attends Witmer Heights Mennonite Church.

Okanya was born in Migori, Kenya, and came to faith in his youth through the work of Mennonite mission workers in his community. Mr. Okanya chairs the Global Mission Fellowship and is vice-chair of the Missions Commission for the Mennonite World Conference. He is a former Executive Director of Eastern Mennonite Missions and is currently completing a Doctorate in Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.

The live-streamed event features a link for much appreciated online donations to Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society’s community benefit work. Donations are also welcome by check at Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, PA 17602.


Our Campuses

Mennonite Life Campus
1719 Museum Campus

Did You Know?

The sandstone used for the Herr House was quarried on-site.

Christian Herr was a prominent leader in the 18th century Mennonite Community. Years after his death Lancaster Mennonites were still referred to as the Christian Herr Party.

Indigenous Peoples taught the Herr family and other Mennonites how to hunt game, clear heavily forested land, and how to identify native plants.