The Licking Park District is pleased to announce that it will be offering a speaker series on a variety of subjects, beginning with ‘The Amish: Frozen in Time?’ on Sunday, March 20th. The presentation will be held at 4pm, at Founders Hall Auditorium on the COTC-OSU Newark campus.
Our first speaker will be Marcus Yoder. Mr. Yoder was born in Holmes County and has been Amish and Mennonite all his life. He received a degree in History from OSU Newark in 2009. In 2015, he received a Master’s Degree in Religious History from Yale University, focusing on the Amish in Holmes County. Mr. Yoder is the former owner of the Ashery Farms store in Heath, OH and is now the Executive Director of the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin, OH.
The Amish are often viewed as “frozen in time” with their practices and their perceived isolationist views. This perception does not take into account either their history or their own place in our modern world. Mr. Yoder will examine how the Amish began, their movement into America in the 18th and 19th century, and how their culture has been able to withstand pressures and thrive.
Look for future programs in the coming months.