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.

Dennis L. Hughes Oral History Interview
Dennis L. Hughes Oral History Interview

Oral history interview with photographer 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. Filming by Zachary Klinedinst in the College's Office of Marketing and Communications. Hughes discusses his donation of over 18,000 images of the Amish to the College's Hess Archives. The photographs date from the 1980s through the early 2000s and depict Amish life and culture in the United States with a special emphasis on the Amish in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. 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.

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Exhibit - Amish Life in Focus: The Dennis L. Hughes Photographs of the Amish
Exhibit - Amish Life in Focus: The Dennis L. Hughes Photographs of the Amish

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. The collection features images of Amish communities throughout the United States with a special emphasis on the Amish of Lancaster County. This exhibition will showcase 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 is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.Amish Life in Focus: The Dennis L. Hughes Photographs of the Amish

Amish men walking into tent

Amish men walking into tent

Amish and non-Amish men talk at mud sale

Amish and non-Amish men talk at mud sale

Amish and non-Amish men talking

Amish and non-Amish men talking

Two Amish men and young girl at mud sale

Two Amish men and young girl at mud sale

Amish boy standing in front of tent

Amish boy standing in front of tent

Non-Amish women at mud sale

Non-Amish women at mud sale

Amish woman at mud sale

Amish woman at mud sale

Amish woman inspecting buggies at mud sale

Amish woman inspecting buggies at mud sale

Amish woman looking at buggies

Amish woman looking at buggies

Amish woman examines buggies at mud sale

Amish woman examines buggies at mud sale