The Amish, DVD, directed by David Belton (2012; American Experience). [A documentary about contemporary Amish faith and life and how the Amish have thrived in North America; 120 min.]

The Amish: How They Survive, DVD, directed by Burton Buller (2005; Buller Films LLC). [A documentary focusing on the Amish of Holmes County, Ohio; 49 min.]

The Amish: Back Roads to Heaven, DVD, directed by Burton Buller (2007; Buller Films LLC) [A documentary focusing on the Amish of Lancaster County, Pa.; 45 min.]

The Amish: A People of Preservation, DVD, PBS documentary (1996; Heritage Productions) [A documentary about the Amish of Lancaster County; 56 min.]

Interpretative films

Amish Grace, DVD, directed by Gregg Champion (2010; Twentieth Century Fox Entertainment) [Based on Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy; 88 min.]

The Radicals, DVD, directed by Raul V. Carrera (1990; SIBRO Films, 2004) [A powerful portrayal of the early Anabaptists in the sixteenth century; 99 min.]

Witness, DVD, directed by Peter Weir (1985; Hollywood, CA: Paramount Pictures) [A big city cop on the lam hides out on an Amish farm, where he and a young widow are attracted to each other; 112 min.]

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 July. 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)

Renegade Amish book cover

Author: Donald Kraybill (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014)