MY AMISH AND PERSONAL LINKS FOR RESEARCH
Amish women, men and children wear a distinctive clothing which
Some Amish-Mennonites also wear similar clothing but have more
Not all Amish are alike depite their appearance.
The Amish came originally from Europe where they had been persecuted
FOR A LONG TIME THE AMISH went to public schools. Things changed back
The original schools were one-room public schools with walking
They feared the children would learn worldly values. This belief is
Some Old Order Amish men wound up in jail for defying the law and not sending
Amish families won the right to educate their own children in 1972.
The compromise was the best thing for the Amish so that they remained in
The schools teach the basics, reading, writing, math but also once a
AMISH SETTLEMENTS IN THE US AND CANADA
I do not know the exact locations of settlements of Amish in other states. However, I am providing information here from my research.
My personal experience is with the Amish of Lancaster County,
Resource: The Amish Struggle with Modernity
edited by Donald B. Kraybill and Marc A. Olshan
University Press of New England
AMISH SETTLEMENTS AND CONGREGATIONS
The number next to the state is the number of settlements.
OHIO 33, Indiana 16, Wisconsin 27, Michigan 23, Missouri 15, New York 15, Iowa 7, Illinois 3, Kentucky 12, Minnesota 5, Maryland 2, Tennessee 3, Kansas 3, Oklahoma 2,Texas 3, Montana 2, Florida 1, Georgi 1a, North Carolina 1, Virginia 1 and Ontario, Canada 1.
Lancaster County PA has 103 settlements and is the largest.
I now have a source for the actual names of the counties where the Amish are in different states. If you need me to look this up (It's too long to print here) remind me it is pages 252-259 in THE AMISH STRUGGLE WITH MODERNITY.
THE AMISH AND MENNONITES HELP OUT OTHERS IN TIMES OF DISASTER
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), the inter-Mennonite relief agency, called the first wide-scale meeting of interested persons in 1955 in Chicago. There the representatives of regional groups adopted the proposal that a national coordination committee be established composed of one representative from each of the constituent groups. In 1961 a young attorney by the name of Wayne Clemens, was hired by the national committee as executive coordinator, and by 1962 MDS had become a section of MCC.
MDS currently involves more than 3,000 Mennonite, Amish and Brethren in Christ churches and districts which are divided into 50 units, 15 representative areas, and 5 regions (4 in the U.S. and 1 in Canada). At the 25th anniversary observance of MDS at Hesston, Kansas, speaker Elmer Ediger said, "It has been as spontaneous a movement as we have had. It has shown that ordinary people, if they are dedicated and put in a place of need, can do great things."
MDS wants only to remain an organization of the people for the people --to the glory of God. "The volunteer should be given first place," says John Diller, as the one who has watched the little movement expand into the extensive service organization MDS is today. "All others only help to keep the road maintained so that the volunteer can get out to the person who needs his assistance." - Adapted from Day of Disaster, Katie Funk Wiebe
In 1993 MDS was incorporated as a 501-C-3 non-profit organization separate from the Mennonite Central Committee, but working closely and with the same spirit as MCC. This was a year that saw an extraordinary amount of disaster activity, as work continued with the devastation of Hurricane Andrew and the Midwest Floods. Through the assistance and perseverance of the MDS network, the organization continued to grow and increase it's disaster response capabilities.