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Virtual Academy

Date(s): 08/12/2021
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Documents of Brotherly Love: Dutch Mennonite Aid to Swiss Anabaptist 1650-1784

Presented by Edsel Burdge, Research Associate at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies

Between the years 1650-1784, the Dutch Mennonite Committee for Foreign Needs aided their co-religionists in Switzerland and the Palatinate as they weathered persecution, economic hardship, and migration to different parts of Europe and North America. The Committee’s papers are now housed in the Amsterdam City Archives. Almost 25 years ago, a committee of Amish and Mennonites initiated a project to have these documents transcribed, translated, and published. The project is nearing completion with the anticipated publication of the 3rd and last volume, covering the years 1712-1784.  This presentation will describe the project and will highlight several themes that emerge from the documents.

This is a FREE program, but you must register using this link. You will receive an email with a link to use to join the Zoom call. This program will be recorded and put on our YouTube page to view at your leisure along with past Ephrata Academy presentations. 

Sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Ephrata

Ephrata Cloister

Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission:
Josh Shapiro, Governor – Hayley Haldeman, Chair – Andrea Lowery, Executive Director

Ephrata Cloister is one of 26 historic sites and museums on the Pennsylvania Trail of History. For more information or to request a free 24-page visitor guide, visit or phone toll free 1-866-PATRAIL.

The Ephrata Cloister Associates is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, supporting the mission of preservation and education at this National Historic Landmark.

Anne Brossman Sweigart Charitable Foundation
Irene Weidman Charitable Foundation
Ephrata National Bank
Black Forest Brewery/Americana 1777 Inn
A Woman’s Club of Ephrata
The Historic Ephrata Cloister Summer Hours of Operation: OPEN 9am - 4pm Wed. through Sat. & OPEN 12pm - 4pm Sun. OPEN 9am-8pm Thurs. July 25th for Twilight Hours. CLOSED Monday and Tuesday.