March 28, 2022


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Mennonite Life Community Room



Discover an influential artifact from Anabaptist history. Joe Springer, ​Curator of the Mennonite Historical Library, Goshen, Indiana,​ exhibits the ​Ausbund hymnal and discusses the ​Sammelband style of binding printed hymn pamphlets together, as this ​Ausbund ​is part of a Sammelband. During the lecture, Springer will also ​introduce hymns and other devotional literature that flourished in pamphlet form among Anabaptist groups during the 17th and 18th centuries.

The ​Ausbund​ is the oldest Anabaptist hymnal. It has been in continuous use for worship since its first printing in 1564, and many Amish communities use it in worship today. The Ausbund on display is the only known copy of the 1564 1st printed edition.

Pre-register for the complimentary lecture by Friday, March 18 at Live stream available that evening at

Beyond the lecture, the ​Ausbund​ is available for viewing at the Mennonite Life library on Tuesday, March 29, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, and Wednesday, March 30, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Complimentary admission.


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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.