An Indiana Amish Community

By Dorothy O. Pratt ’95M.A., ’97Ph.D. (Quarry Books)


A cultural history of the third-largest settlement of Old Order Amish in the world. Shipshewana is located in northern Indiana’s LaGrange County.

The author, an assistant dean for the Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters, looks at how the Old Order Amish have remained “a people apart.” As part of her research for the book, she spent more than a decade interviewing members of the Amish community. The story she tells is of a culture that protects its religious principles in the face of federal and state regulations and abuse from the outside world. “[T]he group has managed not only to survive but also to thirve,” Pratt writes.

(June 2005)