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Mennonite Heritage Center
565 Yoder Rd. Harleysville, PA 19438
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      Opportunity & Conscience: Mennonite Immigration to Pennsylvania
    • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    • "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.