Show Me Missouri Speakers Bureau Lecture: Steven Dale Reschly

Jan
13
7:00 pm
Where

Missouri River Regional Library
214 Adams Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Where

Missouri River Regional Library
214 Adams Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101

The Amish in American Popular Culture

The Amish make frequent appearances in the mass media. A short list would include the 1985 movie Witness starring Harrison Ford, the 1996 parody song “Amish Paradise” by Weird Al Yankovic, TV shows such as Amish in the CityWorld’s Squarest Teenagers and its sequel Living with the AmishAmish: Out of OrderBreaking Amish, and the infamous and ridiculous Amish Mafia. The Amish also appear randomly in episodes of TV shows such as Family GuyX-FilesPicket FencesBonesMacGyverMurder She Wrote, and many others. Why are these people, who only want to be left alone, such good subjects for parody and humor? An antidote to stereotypes and mistaken beliefs about the Amish is accurate historical and theological information. Reschly will illustrate Amish history and beliefs, explaining their descent from the Anabaptist movement of sixteenth-century central Europe and their subsequent experiences of persecution, migration, encounters with governments and laws, and much more.

Host Organization

Missouri River Regional Library
Jefferson City, MO

Event Contact Information

Madeline Matson
(573) 634-6064, ext. 250
matsonm@mrrl.org