Amish buggy

An Amish buggy is a common sight in much of Ohio.

SHELBY -- The Richland County - Shelby Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will present “Moving off the Farm and Trying to Stay Amish” at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 via Zoom.

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By now most Americans likely know something about Amish life — that the Amish depend on horse and buggy for transportation, that they do not plug into the electrical grid, that their cuisine is delicious, and that they live according to a much slower pace of life than most Americans do.

What many people do not know is that Amish life is changing in some very significant ways due economic pressures that have pushed them off the farm. In the course of this presentation, the program will look at what Amish life has been like for the better part of a century in the U.S. and how it is changing now as a result of what has been called “the Amish industrial revolution.”

The program will explore these changes and ask the question — can the Amish remain Amish? This program is made possible in part by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About the Speaker

Susan Trollinger is professor of English at the University of Dayton where she teaches courses on writing and rhetoric. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master’s and PhD in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Pittsburgh.

Her first book, Selling the Amish: The Tourism of Nostalgia (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012), explores Amish Country tourism especially in eastern Ohio. In her more than 10 years of research for the book, she learned a great deal about Amish culture and its significance for all who are not Amish, which she enjoys sharing with others.

Her second book, titled Righting America at the Creation Museum (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016) and co-authored with her husband, William Vance Trollinger, Jr., provides a close reading of the arguments and appeals at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky as well as situates those arguments and appeals within the long history of Protestant fundamentalism in the U.S. She has been interviewed in a number of media outlets including CSpan-2’s BookTV, RadioWest, the Washington Post, and GQ.

About Ohio Humanities

Since 1972, the Ohio Humanities Council, state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has provided leadership, resources, and financial support for the humanities in Ohio.

Humanities programs take various forms, such as book discussions, public lectures, historical portrayals, touring exhibits, radio series, and forums. The Council produces and supports programs in every region of the state. In urban and rural areas, humanities programs take place in libraries, museums, theaters, classrooms, senior centers, and other community locations.

For more information about programs sponsored or funded by the Ohio Humanities Council, please visit their website at: If you would like to receive information from the Council about upcoming programs and events, please sign up to be added to their mailing list.

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