Selling the Amish
The Tourism of Nostalgia
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
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During the more than fifteen years that I have been researching and writing this book, I have accumulated many debts of gratitude for the assistance given to me. Among the helpful persons in the Holmes County settlement...
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On a hot summer afternoon some years ago, I witnessed a bewildering event. I was sitting on a bench outside a snack shop on Main Street in Intercourse, Pennsylvania, with friends. We were taking a break from browsing..
CHAPTER 1. Who Are the Amish?
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By now, most Americans know something about the Amish. They know that the Amish are a distinctive religious sect whose members wear plain clothes, drive horse-drawn buggies, and have peculiar views about violence and forgiveness. Americans are familiar with these aspects of Amish...
CHAPTER 2. Tourism in Amish Country
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The Amish remain a peculiar people. Most of them live in the heartland of the United States, yet in many ways they defy the very character of American culture. They resist much of its wisdom, challenge some of...
CHAPTER 3. Time and Gender in Walnut Creek
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In 1970 the first Amish-style restaurant to open its doors in what would become Ohio’s Amish Country was Der Dutchman.1 For more than two decades, Der Dutchman drew a modest number of guests to its seventy-five...
CHAPTER 4. Technology and Innocence in Berlin
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Berlin is the busiest tourist town in Ohio’s Amish Country. With a newly rebuilt grocery / dry goods / hardware store that brings many Amish...
CHAPTER 5. Ethnicity and Performance in Sugarcreek
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Late in 1882, the tracks of the Conotton Valley Railway were laid in the Sugarcreek Valley. Within a decade, the town of Sugarcreek emerged and quickly became a center of business and industry. Over the course of a century, factories that manufactured brooms, wooden handles, and hand...
CHAPTER 6. Nostalgia and the Power of Amish Witness
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Amish Country tourism attracts more than 19 million people every year and generates over $2 billion of economic benefit to the areas surrounding the three largest Amish settlements in the world, those in Pennsylvania...
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Page Count: 216
Illustrations: 16 halftones, 4 maps
Publication Year: 2012