July 24 Program: Mennonite History and the Mennonite Community in Columbia County

The Canaan Historical Society welcomes Crist Byler, owner of the Canaan General Store, to its speakers series on Saturday, July 24 at 2 pm. He will speak on the history of the Mennonite Church and the Mennonite community in Columbia County.  The public is invited to attend.

The Mennonite Church was founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1525. It broke not only with the Catholic Church but with other churches involved in the the Protestant Reformation over its practice of favoring adult or “believers” baptism rather than infant baptism, and because of its rejection of state control over the church. The first Mennonites in the New World arrived in America in 1683, having been offered refuge from persecution by William Penn, a firm believer in religious freedom.

The Hudson Valley Mennonite Church was founded in June 2006, when, in response to local interest, seven families from the congregation in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania traveled here to form a new congregation.

Mr. Byler’s presentation begins at 2 pm. Light refreshments will be served following his address. The Meeting House and museum, located at 13 Warner Crossing Road in Canaan, NY, is open from 1 to 4 pm Saturdays during July and August. Programs begin at 2 pm; there is no admission charge.

For information on upcoming programs, click the “Programs” link under “Categories” at right, above.

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