Discover Amish education and its connection to one room public schools in our pre-Civil War era schoolhouse.
A 30-minute tour of Behalt illustrates the history of the Anabaptist movement from its origins to the present day.
Planning a trip to Amish Country or new to the area? Make the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center your first stop.
Experience the history of the Amish & Mennonites
A different kind of attraction... A 10 foot by 265 foot circular mural, called Behalt.
Since the beginning of the Anabaptist movement in the early 1500s, the people who later came to be known as Amish and Mennonites have been a puzzle to the rest of the world.
Who were these people who upset the European religious community, both Catholic and Protestant, by teaching about adult baptism? Why, in the face of trials and persecution, did they choose non-violence as a response?
A unique educational experience awaits you at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center. Witness the history of the Amish, Mennonites and Hutterites on Behalt - one of four cycloramas in North America.
Behalt is a 10 foot by 265 foot circular mural. The painted oil-on-canvas cyclorama uses unique artistic techniques of line and color to illustrate multiple stories within a vast time-line.
The name Behalt, means "to keep, hold, remember."
Experience the martyrs' final moments. It is astonishing to find that the history of the Amish and Mennonites - known as "the gentle people" and "the quiet in the land" - is laced with persecution and martyrdom. Struggling to live out their beliefs in a peaceful manner, they were forced to migrate across Europe, some into Russia, and across the Atlantic to North America. Through the mural you will come to a deeper understanding of the precepts that formed their beliefs and led to a quest for a simple, peaceful lifestyle.