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Collections and Research
Amana Heritage Museum Collections
The Amana Heritage Museum collections consist of about 12,000 objects and 10,000 archival pieces. All items relate to the history of Amana and its associated religious group The Community of True Inspiration in Germany and America. The period of the collections covers ca. 1700 to the present, with emphasis on the communal period of Amana history (1855-1932). Some of the objects can be viewed on our Online Collections Database. This collection is an important resource for studies of American communal societies and German/American religion and culture. In addition, the research library contains works printed by the Community of True Inspiration and related books from the 18th century to the present. Also, letters and personal papers, genealogical records, and historical photographs provide abundant research sources.
We welcome researchers and students to use our resources, but require an appointment. Please contact us to setup an appointment at least 24 hours in advance of your visit or to request items.
We appreciate donations of artifacts, documents, and photographs, but ask for you to contact us before bringing them to the museum. We will communicate with you about our collecting goals and policies. All donated items must relate to Amana Colonies history and be in decent condition.