The Illinois Amish Heritage Center needs your help! We're raising $10,000 to enable us to continue exploring, researching, and telling the story of the East Central Illinois Amish.
In 1865, three Amish families left their community in Southwest Pennsylvania to form a new life, settling in Arthur, Illinois and putting down the roots of what would become today’s 500-member thriving Arthur Amish Settlement.
Due to the pandemic, we made the tough decision to cancel our Sheep to Clothing event, which was held the past two years in early June. It's an unfortunate blow to our organization, meaning missed opportunities to share about Amish history and culture, but also lost revenue and donations generated over the course of this unique one-day event.
So, we're reaching out to our event lovers digitally in hope you will help support our ongoing work to research, identify, collect, and present the history of the Amish in East Central Illinois.
The funds you contribute will take us another step forward in an ongoing research project that will shape and define our planned Living History Farm and Amish Museum. Our 5 acres west of Arcola are coming to life, as many of you know, and we're making progress on a capital campaign to secure the funds needed to construct an Amish Museum. Meanwhile, we've unearthed dozens of fascinating letters, stories, and artifacts from the founders of this Amish settlement, and we're excited to be making this story accessible to everyone.
Join us in preserving and understanding the heritage of the Illinois Amish - make a tax-deductible contribution today!
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