Author signs book about 'New York Amish' in Canton Thursday
Monday, September 27, 2010 - 4:57 pm

CANTON – A book signing and celebration of the release of “New York Amish” by Karen M. Johnson-Weiner will be held Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at the TAUNY Center, 53 Main St.

The author, who is a professor of anthropology at SUNY Potsdam and a member of TAUNY's board of directors, will make brief remarks about her research into the diverse groups of Amish settled in or moving to New York State. Her book will be available for sale and signing.

Johnson-Weiner's much-anticipated book highlights the existence and diversity of Amish communities in the state.

According to Cornell University Press, the book's publisher, Johnson-Weiner "draws on 25 years of observation, participation, interviews, and archival research to emphasize the contribution of the Amish to the state's rich cultural heritage.

While the Amish settlements in Pennsylvania and Ohio are internationally known, the Amish population in New York, the result of internal migration from those more established settlements, is more fragmentary and less visible to all but their nearest non-Amish neighbors."

The author says, "The research for “New York Amish” has sharpened my appreciation for how diverse the various Amish groups in our state are. This became a major thread in the book."