Library Archives

The library and archives contain works printed by the community and related volumes from the 18th century to the present. Manuscripts include thousands of letters by community members and by leader Christian Metz (1794-1867), which we have catalogued and indexed. Passports, citizenship papers, account books, maps and diaries are also part of the collection. Most…

Artifacts

The strengths of the museum collections include artifacts from the 19th and early 20th centuries that were manufactured by the communal Amana Society. The Amana people produced approximately 75% of the collection items. They created textiles such as woolens and calico, clothing of all sorts made in the community (1500 pieces); furniture and furnishings (2400…

Museum Collections

The Amana Heritage Museum collections are comprised of approximately 12,000 objects and 10,000 archival pieces. The collections are housed in three historic, communal-era buildings. The collection policy of the museum limits collection to items that pertain to the history of Amana and its associated religious group (The Community of True Inspiration) in Germany and America.…