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Cultural Amish Gallery
Photographer: Vanda Bidwell
These battery-operated floor fans are popular in Amish homes in the summer time.
One of Mattie Miller's quilts on her farm.
Obadiah Helmuth makes all of the coffins in the Arthur-Arcola area.
In the Amish community, a wake is held in the home of the deceased. It would not be unusual to have 1,000 or more pay their respects.
Mattie Miller makes quilts in her home near Arthur.
An Amish funeral typically starts at 9 a.m. and goes through the morning. After burial, most mourners are invited back to a meal at the home of the deceased.
The Amish coffins are lined with a simple muslin cotton lining and shredded newspaper for padding.
The Amish paper sewing patterns have changed little through the generations.
Sundays after church there is a light noon meal and some of the young teens play volleyball.
When a young man or woman becomes baptized and joins the Amish church, the family will often give the child his or her own buggy and horse.
Downtown Arthur and Arcola each draw hundreds of thousands of tourists each year because of the Amish community.
Amish wakes are held over two days in the home of the deceased. In the evenings, the young people in the community serenade the family with hymns for several hours.
Coffinmaker Obadiah Helmuth's workshop.
An Amish teenager demonstrates a horse's gait at a horse auction.
Amish parents include their children in many of their activities and do not use babysitters or daycare centers.
Young people enjoy visiting at a local horse auction.
Amish farmer spreading manure on a winter day.
Amish homes are distinctive in that they often have add-ons for young or older family members.
An Amish phone shack. Oftentimes several families will share a phone shack and keep track of the calls and split the cost. The Amish do not have phones in their homes.
Beachy's bulk shop, southeast of Arthur, bakes pies Friday afternoon and draws buyers from 100 miles around.
Amish teenagers are not allowed to date or socialize without their parents until they are 16.
In the summertime on Sunday afternoons, young people 16 and up gather to play and watch softball behind the Arthur high school.
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