Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 7, 2019 • 7:00 pm • Bucher Meetinghouse

"I Just Want a Red Convertible": Surprising Stories From 30 Years of Research and Publishing Amish Life

Donald Kraybill, senior fellow emeritus, will share stories, backstage dramas, and humorous events from 30 years of fieldwork among the Amish.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 • 4:00 pm • Bucher Meetinghouse


The dedication ceremony for the expanded Young Center will feature a presentation by Jonathan Stayer, supervisor of reference services at the Pennsylvania State Archives. Elizabethtown College president Carl Strikwerda and Young Center director Jeff Bach will also give remarks. An open house will precede the dedication, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 • 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm • 2nd floor, Leffler Chapel


A reception featuring light fare will follow the dedication ceremony.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 • 7:30 pm • Musser Auditorium, Leffler Chapel

Forgotten Sounds: Researching, Transcribing, Performing, and Reimagining the Music of the Eighteenth-Century Ephrata Cloister

During the past two years, Christopher Herbert has worked with Ephrata music manuscripts, representing a unique genre within American music. In collaboration with the Elizabethtown College concert choir, he will present this music, heard for one of the first times since the American colonial period.

Christopher Herbert holds a BA in Music from Yale University, an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, and a DMA from the Juilliard School. He is an assistant professor at William Paterson University, where he heads the voice program. As a vocalist, he performs frequently throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Herbert is a two-time GRAMMY® nominee and the baritone in the critically acclaimed ensemble New York Polyphony. He has soloed with the San Francisco Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and he regularly presents Winterize, an outdoor adaptation of Winterreise with transistor radios.

Friday, March 15, 2019 • 10:00 am to noon • Bucher Meetinghouse

Voices in the Pennsylvania Wilderness: An Examination of the Music Manuscripts, Music Theory, Composition, and (Female) Composers of the Eighteenth-Century Ephrata Cloister

Founded in 1732 by Conrad Beissel, the Ephrata Cloister was a celibate, ascetic, German-speaking, Sabbatarian commune in the wilderness of Pennsylvania. Its residents produced a large corpus of hymns and motets, and also published the third music treatise written in what is today the United States of America. Herbert's presentation will focus on the music theory and composition practices of the community, examining specific manuscripts held in various collections throughout the Northeast.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 • 7:30 pm • Bucher Meetinghouse

Amish Identities in Changing Context

This presentation by Kreider Fellow Joshua Brown will highlight social and cultural changes from mother to daughter Amish settlements, especially with regard to linguistic change. Brown is an associate professor of German at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Thursday, April 11, 2019 • 7:30 pm • Bucher Meetinghouse

Mental Health Treatment in the Plain Communities 

Snowden Fellow Charles Jantzi, professor of psychology at Messiah College, explores the current thinking about mental health issues and treatment approaches within the plain communities. His exploration will include both outside professional and plain community peer-to-peer treatment approaches. Jantzi worked as a clinical psychologist conducting therapy full-time for 13 years before shifting to teaching full-time and providing therapy part-time. Since his transition to teaching full-time at Messiah College, he has spent two summers providing therapy at Green Pasture, the treatment center for members of the plain communities, which is located at Wellspan Philhaven in Mount Gretna, Pa.

Thursday-Saturday, June 6-8

Health and Well-Being in Amish Society: A Multidisciplinary Conference

The conference will focus on health, health care, and individual and community welfare and well-being in Amish life. Registration will begin in early 2019.

Visit the conference web page for details.