Huntington, Abbie Gertrude Enders. Dove at the window: a study of an Old Order Amish community in Ohio

Table of Contents

Publication Information


Designation Of Area And Informants


Chapter I Setting And History



The Amish

Divisions In The Amish Church In America

Growth Of The Stoneyrun Church District Of The Old Order Amish

History Of The Village Of Stoneyrun

History Of The Herald

Chapter Ii Religious Orientation

The Scripture, The Confession And The Ordnung

The Christian Year


Good Friday


Ascension Day


Other Church Days

Chapter Iii Bounding The Community — Mechanisms Of Isolation

Concept Of The Church

The Published Ordnung

Specific Mechanisms Of Isolation

Mechanisms Shared With Other Amish Mennonite Churches 87




Education Limitation



Rubber Tired Tractors


Attitude Toward Machines

Pictorial Representation Of People

Changing Boundaries — How The Ordnung Is Modified

Amish Methods Of Social Control Used To Inhibit Innovation

Pressures For Innovation

Differential Enforcement Of The Ordnung

Chapter Iv Interaction Among Religious Communities

Degrees Of Interaction With Church Groups

Ceremonial Interaction

Interaction Among The Old Order Amish Church Groups

Ministerial Visting 16

Kiss Of Peace

Social Visiting

Channels Of Communication

Economic Interaction

Community Consumption

Patterns Of Employment

Sharing Of Capital

Mutual Aid (fire Insurance)

Response To The Polio Epidemic

Interaction With Other Amish Churches

The Sam Yoder Church (schwartzentruber Districts)

The Kung Church And The Stutzman Church

The Beachy Amish Church

Interaction With Other Mennonite Churches

The Conservative Mennonites

Other Mennonites 234

Interaction With Other Historic Peace Churches

Chapter V Interaction With The World

Relation To The World

Religious Interaction

Religious Interaction

Social Interaction

Social Interaction

Economic Interaction 125

Economic Interaction

Relation To The State

Relation To The State

Voting, Oaths, Courts And Civil Office

Government Agencies

Social Security

Chapter Vi The Public School

The Rural Grade School

High School

History Of Amish Education In Stoneyrun, 1811–1951

Recent Educational Developments In The Ckntral Ohio Community

Developments In The County Adjacent To Stoneyrun

An Amish Parochial School

Solutions To The Amish High School Attendance Problem In Other States

Possible Solutions For The Central Ohio Amish Community To The Problem Of Enforced High School Attendance

Chapter Vii Military Service

Amish And Quaker Attitudes Toward War

Pre-revolutionary Experiences

The American Revolution

The Civil War

World War I

World War Ii

Participation Of The Old Order Amish

Old Order Amish In Civilian Public Service Camp

Experiences Of The Home Churches

Effect Of World War Ii On The Amish Community

Universal Military Training And Service

Old Order Amish Reaction To The I-w Program

Old Order Amish Non-cooperation With Selective Service

Community Support Of I-w Workers.

Some Problems Inherent In The I-w Program

Community Adjustment To The I-w Program

Chapter Viii Tensions Within The Community

Tensions Related To Community Sthuctures

Community Size


Formation Of New Communities

Community Success And Failure

Community Disorganization

New And Old Communities In Ohio

Tensions Resulting From The Influence Of Contiguous Protestantism

Oral Behavior

Use Of Tobacco

Use Of Alcoholic Beverages

Rieligious Tensions

German Reading

Bible Study

Belief Sewing

Evangelism And Revivals

Tensions Related To Amish Adolescence

Singings And Other Social Gatherings

Feigned Ignorance Of Adolescent Behavior


Pressure To Join Church

Comparison Of Amish And Quaker Adolescent Experiences


Chapter Ix Ceremonial Integration Of The Community

Church Service

Initiation Of Members -baptism

Establishing The Family — Wedding

Selection Of Leaders - Ordination

Disciplining Members — Meidung

Resolution Of Death — Funeral


Chapter X Views Of The Community

A Church

The Amish Community And The Folk Society

Cultural Persistence

Publication Information

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Publication Information The main body of the Publication Information page contains all the metadata that HRAF holds for that document.

Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Dove at the window: a study of an Old Order Amish community in Ohio

Published By: Original publisher Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms. 1964 [1987 copy]. 3, 10, 1088 181 leaves ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Abbie Gertrude Enders Huntington

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Amish (NM06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Religious denominations (795); Congregations (794); General character of religion (771); Organized ceremonial (796); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Priesthood (793); Religious offenses (688); Adolescent activities (883);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document The title 'Dove at the window' refers to a quilt pattern popular among the Old Order Amish. The pattern is made of many small scraps of cloth, but it is the overall configuration of the scraps, rather than the characteristics of the individual pieces, that identifies the 'dove at the window' pattern. 'Dove at the window' is a metaphor for the central purpose of Huntington's study because she is interested in not simply the parts, but the overall pattern of Old Order Amish culture and society. To this end she focuses on the Amish community of central Ohio in general and the church district of Stoneyrun in particular and examines the following dimensions of Old Order life: religious orientation; boundary maintenance; interaction between Old Order church districts and interaction with other Mennonite churches and with other Historic Peace Churches; interaction with the non-Amish world; public education; military service; tensions within the Amish community; and the ceremonial integration of the Old Order Amish community. Huntington defines five elements that constitute the overall pattern of Old Order Amish culture and society: 1) the codification of values into a religious system, which, according to the author, is the single most important determinant of the viability and persistence of the Old Order Amish; 2) a strong local congregation; 3) a time orientation toward the past; 4) a cycle of economic, social, and religious activities interelated with the cycles of nature; and 5) a conscious effort to ignore unimportant deviations. Huntington's study is an extensive, comprehensive work and is a standard reference on the Old Order Amish.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 15

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nm06-015

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: UM64-11,375 Thesis (Ph.D.)--Yale University, 1983 Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1951-1956

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnographer-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Gerald Reid ; 1988: John Beierle; 2007

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1803-1956

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Church District of Stoneyrun (a pseudonymn), Ohio, United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Amish


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