Erik Wesner

Erik Wesner first met the Amish in 2004 while selling Bible story books in Amish communities, a job that led to visits to over 5,000 Amish homes. Wesner served as Snowden Fellow at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College in 2008, and released the first of his books, Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive, in 2010 (Jossey-Bass).

Wesner founded and currently edits the Amish America website, covering topics including business, culture, media, beliefs, technology, and communities.

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About the site

Amish Studies is an academic website developed by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College to provide reliable information on Amish life and culture.

Designed to assist scholars, students and the general public, the site was developed with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of a collaborative research grant on Amish diversity and identity in the 20th century. The research team included principal investigator Donald B. Kraybill of Elizabethtown College (Pa.) and two co-investigators, Steven M. Nolt of Goshen College (Ind.) and Karen M. Johnson-Weiner of SUNY Potsdam (New York).

The Amish population statistics are updated annually in the summer. Other information will be revised and added on a periodic basis.

Recent books

The Amish book cover Authors: Donald Kraybill, Karen Johnson-Weiner, and Steven Nolt (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013; paperback available in January 2018)

The Amish: A Concise Introduction book cover

Author: Steven Nolt (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016)