Meeting Info

Casselman Historians Annual Meeting

Stanton's Mill, built in 1797, Grantsville, Maryland, during the period under consideration at the 2017 meeting, i. e. 1800-1825.  David I. Miller, the Historians editor, writes: "Many a time I went there with the farm pickup, to that very building, to take grain there to be milled for the livestock or to get feed commercially made by Master Mix in one-hundred-pound bags."

WHEN: Friday evening and Saturday, September 15 & 16, 2017

WHERE: Maple Glen Mennonite Church, Grantsville, Maryland (see address and map at bottom of page)

FOCUS: The Amish Mennonite experience in the Casselman Valley in the early nineteenth century (1800-1825)


  1. The Tools and Equipment of Agriculture and Industry in the Period – Carl Bender
  2. The Tools and Methods of Housekeeping in the Period – Kenton Yoder
  3. The 1810 Tragedy at Summit Mills Revisited – Daniel E. Hochstetler
  4. The Amish Church Experience of 1800 to 1825 – David I. Miller

COST: Free and open to the public— all are welcome! You can support this history enterprise by subscribing to one of the options in the Subscribe tab above. Thank you.


Friday Evening (7:30  p.m. - 9:00 with coffee and donuts following in basement) (7:00-7:25 p.m. business meeting prior to the main meeting)

 Saturday Forenoon (9:00 - 12:00 noon)

ADDRESS: Maple Glen Mennonite Church, Grantsville, Maryland (one mile north on Dorsey Hotel Rd.) [See map with church location below]

1 Maple Glen Dr
Grantsville, MD 21536‎
(301) 895-5945

Maple Glen Mennonite Church Location

View Maple Glen Mennonite Church in a larger map (use your back arrow to return to this page)

MORE INFORMATION: Contact Alice Orendorf by calling 301-245-4326 or  301-501-4326 or  emailing her at or  writing her at P. O. Box 591, Grantsville, MD 21536

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  1. Laura Rios says:

    I live in Iowa, was born and raised in Kalona and my Miller ancestors came from this area and to Iowa in 1847. I have booked my airline flight and am excited to attend.

    • David I. Miller, Editor says:

      I am delighted that you are planning to be with us in September at Grantsville, the location of some of your ancestral roots. We are looking forward to seeing you.

  2. Wilmer Otto says:

    Hello David, I am looking forward to attending the Casselman Historian’s meeting this year. I have invited a local Amish couple, Mr and Mrs Ira Plank, to accompany me. They have been loyal supporters and lenders of artifacts to the Illinois Amish Interpretive Center for man years. He is a g-g grandson of Mose Yoder, who was one of the first three Amish families to come to Illinois in 1865 from Springs, Pa. I think they would enjoy staying with an Amish family who also has an interest in the history of the area. There was a young amish guide who conducted part of the Saturday afternoon tour the year I came and was on the program. I understand the local Amish do not formally participate in the event, but are happy to be called upon as part of the tour. If a host family can not be found then i will be happy to put them up at your family motel. I look forward to seeing all of you and also meeting some of my Dad, Milton Otto’s friends from that area again.

    • David I. Miller says:

      Wilmer: I am delighted in anticipation of your attendance at Grantsville September 18 and 19 and that the Planks are coming with you. In regard to Amish hospitality for the Planks, you could contact Bennie C. Yoder. His mailing address is 680 Springs Rd.,, Springs, PA 15562. Bennie also has a phone number: 814-662-2054. I rather think that phone may be located in the Greenhouse currently operated by Bennie’s son. So far as I know, that’s the best way to contact Bennie by phone. If someone other than Bennie answers the phone, of if you get the answering machine, the best approach would be to leave you name and phone number , perhaps with a word that this is related to the upcoming Historians meeting, and ask for Bennie to return the call. I know that Bennie and wife have hosted Amish folks of other states who attended the meetings and my guess is that they will be happy to accommodate the Planks or to find or recommend some other Amish home that could. I am looking forward to seeing you! Best wishes! David I. Miller

  3. Marti Swanson says:

    Laura and David: Mark and I are really looking forward to the 2016 meeting and to seeing you both (and Joanna and Ruth and Lemar & Lois Ann and. . . ), again, there.

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