"Opportunity & Conscience" highlights the experience of 18th century Mennonite immigrants, their motivations and process of migration, and how they settled in eastern Pennsylvania. Between 1683 and 1775, at least 3,000 Mennonites arrived in Pennsylvania. They were part of a much larger story of European mass migrations to the mid-Atlantic colonies, spurred by continual religious war, religious and economic oppression/restrictions, heavy taxation, severe weather/crop failures, and the promise of religious toleration and opportunities. The exhibit includes a fascinating simulation of a passenger compartment on an 18th century immigrant ship, and a depiction of a sitting room in an early immigrant home, furnished with original artifacts of the 18th century. Enlargements of scenes and images from the period further illustrate the theme.
The Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, announces an exhibit of art work by popular artist Julie Longacre from August 19 - November 4, 2017. The exhibit; "Julie Longacre: A Retrospective" celebrates fifty years of her artistic career and showcases her work from her early landscapes through current paintings. A reception with the artist will take place on Sunday, September 10 from 2:00-5:00 pm. The exhibit is a unique opportunity to view Julie's journey as an artist over time. Some of the artwork will be on loan from private collections and has never been exhibited. A number of the paintings are available for purchasing along with a selection of prints and cards.