“Amish Style Party”

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8- 8- ’58 prints rec[eived]

Amish Style Party

for International convention in Phila[delphia], P[ennsylvani]a (6-17-’58 to 6-20-’58).

Over 1000 delegates—all states_Canada—Thailand, Cuba, etc., etc. Personnel-employed. security

I retired—July 31, 1’58.

Had a party for several. —Presents. I had 22 years-1936-1958. Age 69-Sept 20. Heave Ho! My lads—

This photograph was among those belonging to Charles “China Charley” Leaman, who was a Presbyterian missionary in China and founded Ambassadors for Christ (AFC). The International Convention is presumably one sponsored by AFC. However, the J. E. Leaman labeled in the photo does not match names with known members of that family, and I have been unable to identify him otherwise.1 

Photo Source: Archives, Ambassadors for Christ, 21 Ambassador Drive, Paradise, Pennsylvania. 


  1. Ivan B. Leaman, “The Remarkable Leaman Family of Leaman Place” Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 40, no. 1 (January 2017):26-40. 
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About JoelHNofziger

Joel Horst Nofziger is director of communications for the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. He also serves as the coordinating editor for Anabaptist Historians, a collaborative blog dedicating to bringing the Anabaptist past into the digital future. A native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, his research interest lies in understanding how Mennonites in the United States have constructed and perpetuated their identity through the stories they tell themselves. He has a B.A. in History and Peacebuilding and Development from Eastern Mennonite University. He and his wife, Eileen, attend Pilgrims Mennonite Church in Akron, Pennsylvania, and Keystone Friends Monthly Meeting (Ohio Yearly Meeting Conservative).

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