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.
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.