This collection consists of selected images taken by East Petersburg, Pennsylvania photographer Dennis L. Hughes of Amish life and culture in the United States with a special emphasis on the Amish in Lancaster County. Images date from the 1980s through the early 2000s. Hughes first became interested in the Amish when he was a young boy growing up in Lewistown, Pennsylvania near the Big Valley area. The physical collection housed in the Hess Archives contains over 18,000 images, primarily color slides. Subjects include buggy styles, agricultural work, mud sales, Amish schools, Amish children, and more. The collection includes photographs taken for Dr. Donald Kraybill’s books Amish Enterprise and The Riddle of Amish Culture.

Amish boys with scooter and buckets

Amish boys with scooter and buckets

Young Amish men watch four corner ball

Young Amish men watch four corner ball

Pumpkin wagon

Pumpkin wagon

Amish man and woman with cantaloupes

Amish man and woman with cantaloupes

Smiling Amish girl with watermelons

Smiling Amish girl with watermelons

Amish girl at produce auction

Amish girl at produce auction

Amish girl on edge of wagon

Amish girl on edge of wagon

Sorting cantaloupes

Sorting cantaloupes

Young Amish woman at produce auction

Young Amish woman at produce auction

Two Amish girls at produce auction

Two Amish girls at produce auction

Amish woman on watermelon wagon

Amish woman on watermelon wagon

Young Amish woman with cataloupe wagon

Young Amish woman with cataloupe wagon

Amish woman rollerblading

Amish woman rollerblading

Elderly Amish couple with children

Elderly Amish couple with children