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By Catie Noyes • Editor Published: October 1, 2014 12:00 AM
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Amish Heartland magazine has undergone a bit of a transformation. We're growing! And what better way to showcase this then to present to you a bigger and better size. You will still find the same great content that has made you come to love the Amish Heartland, just more of it!

We take pride in keeping our publication authentic to the culture. Once readers pick up our magazine they look for future editions and even subscribe. Our magazine is more than just a guide; we feature the "meat and potatoes" of the area by providing niche information that delve much deeper into the Amish culture. 

As we move forward with this exciting new edition, we hope to bring you some of the most intriguing and sometimes controversial topics of the Amish culture. In this edition of Amish Heartland, we had the opportunity sit-down with professor Donald Kraybill, who shared his research into the case of the "Bergholz Barbers."

The news of a group of Amish men attacking and cutting the beards of their own community members spread like wildfire and made national news two years ago. Attacks like these had never been heard of in Amish communities before. What lead Bishop Mullet to perform such acts of religious hate on his fellow Amish men? Just two years later, many of the Bergholz Barbers had served their time in prison and returned to the Bergholz community by the summer of 2014.

Stay tuned to our book review section as we plan to review Kraybill's book, "Renegade Amish: Beard Cutting, Hate Crimes, and the Trial of the Bergholz Barbers" in an upcoming edition of Amish Heartland. Kraybill released his new book in September.

They come for the leaves and they come for the deals. Probably one of the biggest draws for visitors of Holmes County's Amish Country, is the beautiful fall foliage. In fact, Holmes County's beautiful countryside was featured in a recent book by National Geographic called the "Four Seasons of Travel." Holmes County was ranked third in the world for its scenic views during the fall. They ranked just behind Sonoma County, Calif and Northern New Mexico.

You can't catch all the beauty Holmes County has to offer in a day. Plan to spend the night at one of the Amish country's finest hotels, Berlin Grande Hotel. According to manager Doug Burgess, first impressions are everything. So, from the minute you walk in the door, you are greeted with warm, friendly smiles and presented with first class amenities.

The deals this time of year just can't be beat. The shops of Amish country are gearing up for holidays and planning their Open Houses. Why not stock up on top quality furniture to update the family room or plan a total re-design of a bedroom. The friendly, knowledgeable staff at Walnut Creek Furniture can help you find what you need even if you're not sure what to look for. Sit down with a designer and customize the table of your dreams.

Before we completely turn the page on summer, take some time to reflect on the beauty that was captured on camera by our readers in our Summer Photo Contest. With each contest we do it seems to become harder and harder to choose a winner. Our readers have proven to be fantastic photographers and we have loved looking through your masterpieces.

Find us on facebook and see what we are up to back at the office and follow us while we are out touring the Amish countryside. We will be sharing photos of the beautiful fall foliage as soon as the leaves begin to show hints of their vibrant oranges, reds and yellows and passing along stories of your favorite businesses.

We hope you enjoy the new and improved Amish Heartland and we appreciate any feedback from our readers. We want to know what you want to read about. Without your readership and support we would not be the wonderful magazine we are today! Thank you!


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