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Juniata Mennonite Historical Society      45th Annual meeting

July 8, 2023 9 a.m.at Brick Church 37322 Route 35,  Richfield, PA
Featuring the 15th anniversary of the construction of the Brick Church in 1868
and the John M & Catherine (Shelly) Kurtz family
Brick Church history- Luke H. Weaver
John M. Kurtz Family- Harold Kurtz
Society Report and offering

Lunch available for purchase
2 p.m. Hymn Sing

2022 Society Report
Visitor count since the July 2021 annual meeting was approximately 330 persons. Besides, Pennsylvania, the visitors came from 14 other states - Alaska, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, New York, and Utah, even the country of Mexico.

Membership in 2022 is 182 members of which 36 are life members. There have been four new life members in the past year. A charter member, R.C. Lauver and his brother Orville passed away in this year. Another member, Rhoda (Kauffman) grove passed away recently.

Our faithful and dedicated director, Mary Alice Charlton passed away in February. She is greatly missed for her vast store of local history.
The Moses Kurtz family gathering on May 28, 2022 at the Kurtz homestead brought about 200 visitors to the History center in the afternoon.
The Meadow Springs congregation continues to hold services in the Brick Church every 5th Sunday of the month April- October.

The Brick Church windows frames have been repainted and the windows have been restored and replaced. The shutters are out for restoration and painting. Fort Pomfret is in need of some repairs.
Janice Burkholder, Betty Ann Landis and Lillian Weaver continue to work at the center. Sarah beth Spade has agreed to assist as editor of the Echoes.
We are open Tuesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to4 p.m. or by appointment.
We will offer a field trip for your school or home school group for the 2022-2023 school  term on the subject of Indians in Pennsylvania. Listen to Indian stories and see some actual artifacts. Call 717-694-3211 top schedule your group.Thank you for your interest and support. Come and visit!

22nd Annual Hymn Sing

Call to confirm- 717-694-3211

 Betty Ann 717-444-3466 ; Janice 717-694-396

Open to the public

Brick Mennonite Church

Sunday, September 17,2023    2 pm

37322 Rt. 35 North, Richfield, PA 17086

A capella singing from the 1902 Church & Sunday School Hymnal

Also some German singing

Come and bring a friend!

Our 2023 membership drive is  on!

A membership entitles you to receive the 12-page quarterly newsletter, Echoes, published in January, April, July and October. The periodical features local and family history articles plus the ever-popular Noah's Diary, written by our original director, Noah L. Zimmerman (1923-2004)

Choose one of the memberships below:

Life member - $500.00

Classic member - $100.00

Supporting member- $50.00

Sustaining member - $30.00

Basic membership - $25.00

$25.00 covers our expense to publish and mail the Echoes. Any additional funds are a contribution toward operating expenses.

Make check payable to: Juniata Mennonite Historical Society.  Mail to P.O. Box 81, Richfield, PA 17086. Please include your mailing address and indicate if you are a new member. Current members will receive an annual membership notice with renewals due by December 31.

We are offeringan opportunity for existing members to give a one-year gift membership at half price ($12.50) for a new member. You can give an unlimited amount of gift membership, but only for new members or those who have not received a previous gift membership. This may be an idea for your Christmas gift list for the person who has everything. The gift membership rate is not valid for existing members. Please make check payable to Juniata Mennonite Historical Center. Mail to P.O. Box 81, Richfield, PA 17086. Offer expires December 31, 2021!

To avoid extra postal charges, pleae inform us of any address changes.

Live recording Of Brick Church Hymn Sing

September 16, 2018

Dial 712-432-8776

Enter conference ID pin- 426227#;

 then choose the following:


or 916181#


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press 1 again to restart the recording.

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Listen to a live recording of

Juniata Mennonite Historical Society Annual Meeting

July 14, 2018    Held at Vicksburg, PA

Dial- 712-432-8788

Enter the conference ID 9088#,

then choose from the following:

71418# -


Looking at the Past to Guide the Present; Luke Weaver- Lewisburg, PA

 Early Amish History of the Buffalo Valley - Elam Fisher, Loganton, PA



Early Memories of the Groffdale Conference in the Buffalo Valley - Harry Oberholtzer, Mifflinburg, PA



Canals and Canal Life in the Susquehanna River Basin region - Steve Runkle, Mechanicsburg, PA

Press 1 to stop the recording,

Press 1 again to restart the recording

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Press 6 to advance the recording


  BlogSpot! www.juniatamennonitehistorical.blogspot.com

The blog is intended to be a small window into our collection. You will be able to view photos that come to us with a corresponding article, an artifact with its history, and more. The articles and photos are in addition to the features in our quarterly newsletter, Echoes.

 Lending Library

A portion of the library has been prepared for circulation. More titles are added as our collection grows.

Some of the books in the library will be available to lend for a two-week time period, renewable for one subsequent two-week period. There is a penalty of $1 week for each overdue book.

Borrowers must be members of the Juniata Mennonite Historical Society.

There will be no charge to borrow books.

Borrowers who wish to renew the loan must notify the library; otherwise, books are considered overdue until the return of the book. We do not have a "book drop box" outside the facility. Please return books during hours of operation: Tuesday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Users are responsible for damage or loss of books, and the replacement value.

The library reserves the right to restrict select books for circulation. We do not participate in an interlibrary loan nor do we mail volumes on a loan basis.