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Menno-Hof celebrates 25 years

As of May 2013, Menno-Hof in Shipshewana has been operating for 25 years. Since opening in 1988, Menno-Hof has shared the Anabaptist story with 890,000 visitors from all walks of life, all U.S. states, and countries all around the world.

    The initiative for Menno-Hof actually started in 1972, when Pastor Harvey Chupp received permission from Robert Lambright to place signs and a table at the Shipshewana Flea Market inviting visitors to attend slide presentations at Shore Mennonite Church to hear the Amish-Mennonite story.

    Word spread even more whenout-of-state newspapers featured Chupp’s presentation in their Sunday travel section. A number of area individuals became interested, Robert Lambright donated the land, the initial board of directors was established, and they developed a vision for a central location and facility.

    This early group had three objectives in mind at the time: to create an environment in which all Anabaptist church families could discover and deepen their understanding of their heritage, to ask other faith communities to take more seriously the words of Christ as the heart of the Gospel in the areas of peace and justice, and to encourage the non-believer to consider joining them and discovering what it means to follow Christ. A more detailed history written by Harvey Chupp himself is free to view at www.mennohof.org.

    Menno-Hof, on Van Buren St. in Shipshewana, is made possible by individual donations and the many volunteers that lead tours and greet visitors.

    They will hold a fundraising haystack dinner from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on July 13 at the Farmstead Inn Pavilion. For more information, call 260-768-4117.