After WW2, the “Anabaptists Mennonites” from France realized the importance of remembering their past. This is how the French Anabaptist and Mennonite History Society (AFHAM) was created on June 4th 1979.

It was managed by historians, sociologists, theologists and other history lovers that were fond of this movement.

The AFHAM has set itself the following goals:

  • Make an inventory of the places of worship, farms and cemeteries
  • Put all the manuscripts, printed documents, engravings, photos, genealogical studies into archives
  • Deal with the legal situation of cemeteries and other material tracks so that they can be preserved
  • Spread the results of the research and all documents that can raise awareness among contemporaries, Mennonites in general and the members of the society.

The history of the Anabaptists: origin of the Amish

The French Anabaptist and Mennonite History Society (AFHAM) is back at the EPM with a family tree of the different confessions, explained and commented, allowing the public to understand the origins of the Mennonites and Amish communities.

Display cases will also present ancient books and bibles used by the Amish in the Alsace region.

The society also offers contemporary books written by experts in anabaptist history, sociology and theology, which are for sale.

Finally, in order to fully immerse yourselves into this world, loop videos of contemporary Amish and Mennonite communities are on display and an Amish buggy coming straight from Pennsylvania will be presented.

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