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Graybill Reunion celebrates 100 years!

Graybill's Grove, Richfield, PA

September 7, 2019!

10 am Sharing time    12 noon -potluck lunch

Group photo - 1:15 pm.

The event will commemorate the original gathering in August 1918 when several families held a picnic to celebrate the birthday of Barbara Graybill from Paxtonville, PA. At that time the grove was called Womer's Grove and was a cool spot for a summer picnic.

The families enjoyed the outing and decided to invite other families connected to Richfield and the Graybill family to join them. Over 300 people came to the grove in September 1919. It became a highlight for the next century except for a few years during World War II. In its heyday, over 1,000 people would gather for a full day of inspirational sermons, music and good food. In recent times, the gathering has become smaller, although in 2009, about90 people attended the 90th gathering.

We invite people to share their memories and connections in writing, or a short video on what you want to share. We will feature many short talks as we can and have a place to post your stories. Also we will provide a way to share your videos.

For more information, contact Gloria Fultz at (717)694-3812

email- memstraus@embarqmail.com

Eleanor Snyder at (717) 694-3831

Look for more details on Graybill's Grove site on Face Book.

Please respond if you plan to come so we can provide sufficient picnic tables. Bring your lawn chair for the devotional time, talks and music. We hope you can help us celebrate this part of Richfield's history!

18th Annual Hymn Sing

Open to the public

Brick Mennonite Church

Sunday, September 15, 2019    2 pm

37322 Rt. 35 North, Richfield, PA 17086

A capella singing from the 1902 Church & Sunday School Hymnal

Also some German singing

Come and bring a friend!

Our 2020 membership drive is on!

A membership entitles you to receive the 12-page quarterly newsletter, Echoes, published in January, April, July and October. The periodical features local and family history articles plus the ever-popular Noah's Diary, written by our original director, Noah L. Zimmerman (1923-2004)

Choose one of the memberships below:

Life member - $500.00

Classic member - $100.00

Supporting member- $50.00

Sustaining member - $30.00

Basic membership - $25.00

$25.00 covers our expense to publish and mail the Echoes. Any additional funds are a contribution toward operating expenses.

Make check payable to: Juniata Mennonite Historical Society.  Mail to P.O. Box 81, Richfield, PA 17086. Please include your mailing address and indicate if you are a new member. Current members will receive an annual membership notice with renewals due by December 31.

We are offeringan opportunity for existing members to give a one-year gift membership at half price ($12.50) for a new member. You can give an unlimited amount of gift membership, but only for new members or those who have not received a previous gift membership. This may be an idea for your Christmas gift list for the person who has everything. The gift membership rate is not valid for existing members. Please make check payable to Juniata Mennonite Historical Center. Mail to P.O. Box 81, Richfield, PA 17086. Offer expires December 31, 2019!

To avoid extra postal charges, pleae inform us of any address changes.

Live recording Of Brick Church Hymn Sing

September 16, 2018

Dial 712-432-8776

Enter conference ID pin- 426227#;

 then choose the following:


or 916181#


Press 1 to stop the recording,

press 1 again to restart the recording.

Press 4 to back up the recording,

Press 6 to advance the recording

Listen to a live recording of

Juniata Mennonite Historical Society Annual Meeting

July 14, 2018    Held at Vicksburg, PA

Dial- 712-432-8788

Enter the conference ID 9088#,

then choose from the following:

71418# -


Looking at the Past to Guide the Present; Luke Weaver- Lewisburg, PA

 Early Amish History of the Buffalo Valley - Elam Fisher, Loganton, PA



Early Memories of the Groffdale Conference in the Buffalo Valley - Harry Oberholtzer, Mifflinburg, PA



Canals and Canal Life in the Susquehanna River Basin region - Steve Runkle, Mechanicsburg, PA

Press 1 to stop the recording,

Press 1 again to restart the recording

Press 4 to back up the recording,

Press 6 to advance the recording

Passing of our director, Daniel Charlton

Daniel Wayne Charlton, 65, of McAlisterville passed into eternal rest with Jesus at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville on January 8, 2018.
He was born on August 20, 1952, in Carlisle, a son of the late Fred and Cora (Weber) Charlton. His wife of 42 years, Mary Alice (Graybill) Charlton, whom he married on March 15, 1975, survives him.
Also surviving are 5 sons and 6 daughters, Doris Hoover and her husband Jay, of Richfield, D. Wayne Charlton and his wife Rachael (Widrick), of Richfield, Mark Charlton of Richfield, Dorothy Widrick and her husband Emmanuel, of Copenhagen, NY, Marlin Charlton and his wife Sharon (Kauffman) of McAlisterville, Janet Burkholder and her husband Dennis of Lowville, NY, Marilyn Charlton of Soxworth, MS, Karen Charlton of Kenton, OH, Jay Charlton and his wife Aremina (Yoder), of Mifflintown, John Charlton of McAlisterville, Mary Zeiset and her husband Justin of Liberty, MS; 3 sisters, Esther Charlton of Hagerstown, MD, Miriam Martin and her husband John David of Greencastle, Lois Charlton of Hagerstown, MD and 19 grandchildren.
Mr. Charlton was a member of the Goodwill Mennonite Church, Thompsontown. He also served as director of the Juniata Mennonite Historical Society.
A funeral was held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018, from the Millerstown Mennonite Church, 731 Raccoon Valley Road, Millerstown, PA with the Goodwill Mennonite Ministry officiating. Interment followed in the Goodwill Mennonite Cemetery, Thompsontown.

  BlogSpot! www.juniatamennonitehistorical.blogspot.com

The blog is intended to be a small window into our collection. You will be able to view photos that come to us with a corresponding article, an artifact with its history, and more. The articles and photos are in addition to the features in our quarterly newsletter, Echoes.

Opening Lending Library- January 3, 2017

A portion of the library has been prepared for circulation. More titles will be added throughout the year.

Some of the books in the library will be available to lend for a two-week time period, renewable for one subsequent two-week period. There is a penalty of $1 week for each overdue book.

Borrowers must be members of the Juniata Mennonite Historical Society.

There will be no charge to borrow books.

Borrowers who wish to renew the loan must notify the library; otherwise, books are considered overdue until the return of the book. We do not have a "book drop box" outside the facility. Please return books during hours of operation: Tuesday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Users are responsible for damage or loss of books, and the replacement value.

The library reserves the right to restrict select books for circulation. We do not participate in an interlibrary loan nor do we mail volumes on a loan basis.