The mission of the Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust is to protect and maintain the 1770 Germantown Mennonite Meetinghouse, a significant symbol of the first permanent Mennonite settlement in North America, and to interpret and share the history, faith and witness of Mennonites in Germantown
from 1683 to the present.
We do this by
preserving the Meetinghouse and cemetery;
maintaining the nearby buildings and grounds;
preparing and implementing tours, exhibits, publications, curricula, and public programs;
and working with Mennonite churches, conferences and organizations, the Germantown community, and other partners.
This Saturday, June 8 from 9-2pm Rain or Shine!
We hope you will stop by this Saturday to peruse the tables for bargains; enjoy a hot dog, burger or veggie burger straight off the grill; or take a tour of the historic Meetinghouse, including the 1688 Protest Table! All proceeds benefit the Meetinghouse.
Or "Make it a Day" in Historic Germantown! Our Sidewalk Sale takes place on the "Second Saturday" of the month, when most Historic Germantown member sites are open for visitors! With the purchase of a Passport ($25/family or $15/individual), you can visit all the sites for just one low price, and the passports are valid for a full year from the date of purchase.
William Still's Journal C Manuscript & the Underground Railroad
a humanities panel discussion convened by the Johnson House Historic Site
Saturday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m.
at the historic 1770 Germantown Mennonite Meetinghouse
6119 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia
As a part of Germantown's Juneteenth Festival this year, we are pleased to serve as the host site for this panel discussion that will present the experiences of African American families escaping to freedom and the networks in the Philadelphia-area Underground Railroad that supported the anti-slavery movement. The discussion will be led by presenting scholars: Christopher Densmore, Curator: Swarthmore College, Charlotte Blake Alston, Documentary Narrator, and Phillip Seitz, Curator.
The topics explored will include the history of the families and networks of support in the Philadelphia region (vigilance, vigilant committees, PA Abolitionist Society); fugitive experiences as they differed according to factors such as gender, age, methods of flight, family situations and strategies for maintaining connections north and south; and finally begin to explore what has changed for African Americans since then.
Juneteenth is celebrated throughout the country as the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Germantown's festivities this year feature a full day of activities depicting the history of the anti-slavery and abolitionist movements in America. Enjoy visits with historic re-enactors Harriet Tubman and Henry "Box" Brown, free tours of local historic sites, live music, food, dancers, exhibits, and family activities throughout the 6300 block of Germantown Avenue all day between 10 - 4 p.m. Please contact Johnson House at (215) 438-1768 or visit the Historic Germantown website for more details.
Presented by the Johnson House Historic Site, Inc. with support from
* PA Humanities Council * Samuel S. Fels Fund *
* 6300 Business Alliance * Historic Germantown *
with special guest appearance by
T.V. Mike & the Scarecrowes
Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m.
at the historic 1770 Germantown Mennonite Meetinghouse
6119 Germantown Avenue
Adults $10 in advance/$15 at the door
Children $5 with paying adult
We are excited to welcome Dawn Hiatt to the historic Meetinghouse on Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m.! Dawn currently makes her home in Germantown, and we are thrilled to be able to present this fabulous local singer/songwriter and her band (guitarist Ross Bellenoit and bassist/husband Jeff Hiatt), with a special appearance by Bay Area band T.V. Mike & the Scarecrowes.
Dawn's commitment to diversity and to challenging herself as a vocalist, musician, and songwriter are reminiscent of fiercely independent artists like Rickie Lee Jones and her introspective lyrics, emotive vocals and unique indie-pop sensibilities align her with artists such as Joan as Policewoman. However, her sense of history and acute awareness of musical tradition allow her to reference artists like Patsy Cline, Emmylou Harris, or even Joni Mitchell without sacrificing her refreshingly modern and original take on classic forms and structures. Indeed, the effortless movement and marriage between modern day indie, classic country, and the timeless melodies and intensity of gospel music and hymnals demonstrates the same musical acuity and breadth of contemporary artists like Justin Townes Earle.
Dawn has been awarded winner of the Philadelphia Songwriters Project Songwriting Contest in both 2008 and 2009. She continues to perform sold out shows at Philadelphia's premier listening room, The Tin Angel, has shared the stage with the 10,000 Maniacs, POCO, and has appeared at other prestigious listening rooms including World Cafe Live & Johnny Brendas as well as festivals and larger venues like The Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Bethlehem Musik Fest, and The Kimmel Center as well as performances at various Bethlehem venues such as The Banana Factory, Artsquest Town Square, and Christkindlmarkt.
Her album, The Waking Hours, has received regular airplay on WXPN 88.5, was selected as XPN's "Pick of the Day" and has also been featured on 93.7 WSTW Hometown Heroes.
For more information or advance tickets, please email
(267) 240-7966. Support for this program provided in part
by The Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
Thank You & Items of Interest...
- Many thanks to everyone who has recently donated your time and treasure to the work of GMHT. A special thanks go out to Christopher Friesen and Stacey Andrucci for providing substantial donations for our Sidewalk Sale, and to Elizabethtown BIC Church for your follow-up gift after volunteering here last summer! Your support and ownership make a big difference.
- Hidden City Festival is is here! The city-wide festival runs through June 30th, and features eight sites of historical and community interest, including the vacant and beguiling Germantown Town Hall. More info here!