In 2014, East Petersburg, Pennsylvania photographer Dennis L. Hughes donated his collection of over 18,000 images of Amish life and culture to the College’s Hess Archives and Special Collections. The collection features images of Amish communities throughout the United States with a special emphasis on the Amish of Lancaster County. Amish Life in Focus showcases a selection of recently digitized materials from the Hughes collection and an oral history interview with Hughes. Curated by Emily Erdlen ’23 and Archivist Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh, the exhibition was funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Sample images, the exhibit panels, and the oral history video can be viewed online at https://jayscholar.etown.edu/exhibit/hughes-photographs-of-the-amish/.
Relatively new to exhibition viewing? Consider these questions when viewing Amish Life in Focus. Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way to view the images in this exhibit!
Thank you to Eric Schubert '23 for his help preparing this guide.
Oral history interview with Dennis Hughes conducted by Archivist Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh, Emily Erdlen '23, and Eric Schubert '23 on October 6, 2021 in Elizabethtown College's High Library. The interview is also available on YouTube.