Websites

Amish Studies: The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College
http://www2.etown.edu/amishstudies/
Amish Studies is an academic website developed by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College (Pa.) to provide reliable information on Amish life and culture. The site provides a wealth of information on the Amish, ranging from statistical observations, FAQ's and short, concise explanations of Amish practices and beliefs.

Amish America
http://amishamerica.com/
A trustworthy source for Amish information that includes a state guide, an online Encyclopedia and regular updates of new information about Amish communities. The archives contain a wealth of helpful information. 

Illinois Amish Museum
http://www.amishcenter.com/
The website for the Illinois Amish Museum, located in Arcola IL, which focuses on Amish religion and lifestyle.

Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO)
http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/A4574ME.html
A comprehensive encyclopedia entry about the Amish, Amish history and current culture.

Visit Amish Country
http://www.visitamishcountry.com/
The official home for Ohio's Amish Country tourism, this site provides links for events, attractions, dining, lodging, shopping and recreation in central Ohio.

About Amish
http://aboutamish.blogspot.com/
An interviewee in The Amish, this former-Amish author Saloma Furlong keeps a blog in which she reflects on Amish culture and heritage.

Amish.net
http://www.amish.net/
Amish.net is a commercial site full of information about Amish Country, Amish tourism services and Amish related products. Includes articles on visiting the Amish, Amish lifestyle, and FAQ's.

The Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center
http://www.behalt.com/ 
This excellent visitors center in Ohio includes a cyclorama of Amish, Mennonite and Hutterite history. 

Amish Country of Northern Indiana
http://www.amishcountry.org/
A great resource for those planning to visit Amish Country, with travel offers, ideas for exploring the area, and other information regarding transportation, accommodation, and entertainment.

Lancaster County Information Center
http://www.800padutch.com/amish.shtml
An overview of the Amish, Mennonites, Brethren, and "other Plain People" of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country and Lancaster County. Includes articles on the Amish people, their faith, and FAQ's, and other cultural information.

Pennsylvania Dutch Country in Lancaster County
http://www.padutchcountry.com/index.asp
The website of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with pages of itinerary ideas, things to do, places to eat and stay.

Books

Furlong, Saloma Miller. Why I left the amish: A Memoir. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University Press, 2011.

Hurst, Charles E., and McConnell, David L. An Amish Paradox: Diversity and Change in the World's Largest Amish Community. Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 2010.

Johnson-Weiner, Karen. New York Amish: Life In The Plain Communities Of The Empire State. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2010. 

Kraybill, Donald, and Olshan, Marc. The Amish Struggle with Modernity. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1994. [out of print]

Kraybill, Donald. The Riddle of Amish Culture. Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 2001.

----, The Amish and the State. Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 2003.

Kraybill, Donald, and Nolt, Steve, and Weaver-Zercher, David. Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2007.

----, The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010.

Kraybill, Donald B., and Steven M. Nolt. Amish Enterprise: From Plows to Profits. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.

Kraybill, Donald B., Johnson-Weiner, Karen M., and Nolt, Steven M. The Amish. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

Nolt, Steven M., A History of the Amish. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2003.

Stevick, Richard A. Growing up Amish: The Teenage Years. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.

Umble, Diane Zimmerman, and David L. Weaver-Zercher, eds. The Amish and the Media. Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 2008.

Weaver-Zercher, David L., The Amish In The American Imagination. Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 2001.

Wesner, Erik. Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive. New York: Jossey-Bass, 2010.

Yoder, Paton. Tradition & Transition: Amish Mennonites and Old Order Amish, 1800-1900. 1991 [out of print]

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