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James O. Lehman, librarian and congregational historian, was with Hartzler Library from the ‘Miracle Drive’ and beyond

James O. Lehman, who passed away at age 83 on Feb. 5, made an impressive mark as a historian and archivist and as director of libraries and assistant professor for Eastern Mennonite University. He also wrote 10 congregational and community histories, including Sonnenberg: A Haven and a Heritage. He produced the “Directory of Mennonites, Amish, and other Anabaptist Groups in Vi ...More

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EMU historical library sees leadership transition – Simone Horst succeeds Lois Bowman

On July 1, Simone Horst became the special collections librarian of the Menno Simons Historical Library at Eastern Mennonite University. If her leadership tenure lasts as long as her two predecessors, she will serve for nearly three decades. Retiring librarian Lois Bowman is ...More

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Lois Bowman belies stereotyping as she wraps up 50 years of service to EMU

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Long-time EMU Librarian Tackles Le Tour De Park View

Lois Bowman begins her ride in the parking lot by the seminary, just down the hill from her home on Mount Clinton Pike. She usually starts sometime around 6 p.m., once rush hour has petered out and the heat has broken. Bowman, historical librarian at Eastern Mennonite University, is ...More

EMU Acquires Rare 16th Century Book

Elwood Yoder shows the 1539 book printed on the Beck Press in Strasbourg, Germany, to Menno Simons Historical librarian Lois Bowman. Looking on is EMU senior Rachael L. Penman. Photo by Jim Bishop Elwood E. Yoder of Harrisonburg can’t quite believe what he had ...More