Student in Lancaster County Mennonite public school where Amish, Mennonite and Pennsylvania Dutch children attend this eighth grade, one-room schoolhouse, March 1942.

Understanding how the past informs the present helps us shape a better future.

The Pennsylvania Historical Association advances knowledge about the history and culture of Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region. PHA achieves its mission by fostering the teaching and study of Pennsylvania’s past through publications, events and networking among scholars.