This Very Ground, This Crooked Affair
A Mennonite Homestead
on Lenape Land
New book by John L. Ruth
John will share excerpts from book and have a question and answer time. The event will be live streamed (link coming soon). Participants can pick up autographed copies of the book at the book signing, Mennonite Heritage Center or and have it mailed to you after the event. Pre order book(s) here.
Date: November 27, 2021 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue: Salford Mennonite Church
This Very Ground, This Crooked Affair connects the centuries-old history of the author’s Pennsylvania Mennonite homestead with that of the land’s indigenous Lenape inhabitants, interweaving documented Pennsylvania history with the national pursuit of a Doctrine of Discovery-and the story of Mennonites who had themselves fled suffering and landlessness with the fates of Native Americans continent-wide.
The Historical Library at the Mennonite Heritage Center is named in honor of John L. Ruth, a leading historian, author and speaker who has contributed significantly to the understanding of Mennonite history, faith and culture over several decades. His work has supported and helped to fulfill the mission of the Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania.
Author, historian, and documentarian, John L. Ruth, Harleysville, Pennsylvania, is recognized for depicting the lives of Mennonites and their spiritual cousins, the Hutterites and the Amish. With family roots in Switzerland, John Landis Ruth was born in 1930 on a farm 29 miles northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and ordained a Mennonite minister at age 20. After earning his PhD at Harvard University and teaching English and American literature at Eastern University and Universität Hamburg, he turned to film documentaries on the Amish and Hutterites which have appeared on PBS and been featured on “60 Minutes.”
Please Note The Location of this Program will not be at Mennonite Heritage Center. This program will be held at Salford Mennonite Church 480 Groffs Mill Rd, Harleysville, PA 19438.