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PostSubject: The Amana Colonies and Amish Communities of Iowa   The Amana Colonies and Amish Communities of Iowa I_icon_minitime22nd April 2014, 10:33 am

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"The Amana Colonies are seven villages on 26,000 acres (11,000 ha) in east-central Iowa, United States: Amana (or Main Amana),East Amana, High Amana, Middle Amana, South Amana, West Amana, and Homestead. The villages were built and settled by German Pietists, who were persecuted in their homeland by the German state government and the Lutheran Church. Calling themselves the Community of True Inspiration (German: die Gemeinde der wahren Inspiration), they first settled in New York near Buffalo in what is now the Town of West Seneca. However, seeking more isolated surroundings, they moved to Iowa (near present-day Iowa City) in 1856. They lived a communal life until the mid-1930s.
For eighty years, the Amana Colonies maintained an almost completely self-sufficient local economy, importing very little from the industrializing American economy. The Amanians were able to achieve this independence and lifestyle by adhering to the specialized crafting and farming occupations that they had brought with them from Europe. Craftsmen passed their skills and techniques on from one generation to the next. They used hand, horse, wind, and water power, and made their own furniture, clothes, and other goods. The community voted to form a for-profit organization during the Great Depression, the Amana Society, which included the Amana Coporation.
Today, Amana is a tourist attraction known for its restaurants and craft shops. The colonies were listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1965." (taken from Wikipedia)

I've always liked the Amana Colonies. The people there are simple and very nice, and they do a lot of cool things. There's a clothing factory in Main Amana where they make all the clothing that's sold in the colonies, there's a brewery where they make some REALLY good beer (according to my dad lol) called Millstream, they make all their own brooms and toys and anything else you could think of really. Everything they use they make themselves. When you drive into one of the colonies it's like entering a world completely different from the one you're used to. 

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This is my favorite place to eat there. They serve everything family style which just means it comes in big bowls and plates that gets shared with everyone, and it's mainly German food. They have bratwurst, wiener schnitzel, kassler rippchen, saurebraten, and a lot of other really good German meals. And for a side they have speazel which is the REALLY GOOD eggy pasta stuff that is really simple to make and I'll actually have the recipe for it available in the Food thread Smile

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In a nutshell, the Amish are communities of people that live without any technology or electricity or anything that basically makes our lives a lot easier. They live like people did back in colonial times and they are all very traditional Christians. 

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Because Amish shy away from modern technology, they use horses and buggys for transportation. 

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This is typical Amish clothing. They like to keep it simple, but also reserved since they are Christians. 

The reason I bring up the Amish is that we have a couple Amish communities in Iowa, the biggest settlement being in Kalona. My family and I would always go to Kalona to purchase stuff from them because even though they do things the old fashioned way, everything they make is really really good quality. My mom used to go there to get pies and ingredients for pies, and we even bought a corn stove (like a regular wood stove but it burns on corn and pellets) from them and it lasted us for years and years. 

The grocery stores in Kalona aren't like normal ones. Everything you can buy there you buy in bulk, and you can get it for a pretty good price. Since they don't use a bunch of machines or hire a bunch of people to make what they sell, usually the prices are pretty low since it's only labor and the materials you're paying for. And typically whatever you buy is going to be very high quality too. 

The Amish are more widely known for their talent with furniture. Everything they make is 100% wood, usually without plastic or laminate. They have a very simplistic and traditional style to what they make, mainly focusing on the use of the product. Amish furniture is in very high demand in Iowa because of how good it is. 

Examples of Amish Furniture:
 

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I would love to visit Iowa one time; I really like the Amish lifestyle and culture.  The Amana Colonies and Amish Communities of Iowa 2422052349
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i would love to visit the amana colonies. I love the little places to eat that are family style- such a great atmosphere- thanks for sharing mystery Smile

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Wow this is so interesting. I kind of didn't realise people like that still existed. This is so ignorant, but do they mix with 'outsiders' i.e. you? I mean, you buy from them, so.... Also, what do they do about schooling?
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The Colonials of the Amana Colonies mingle with modern people since those towns have become more of like a "living history" kind of place rather than an Amish community xD But the Amish, aside from selling their products to us, really don't have any contact with modern people because they don't want their children being temped to leave their Amish homes behind in favor of modern society xD 

They actually have a tradition where they let their children leave the community when they're 18 years old so that they can decide for themselves whether or not to leave the community permanently or stay with them permanently. If they leave, they can't come back and if they stay, they can't ever leave. Since there's so much angst for the young teens when it comes to this decision, there was actually a TV show made called "Breaking Amish" where it followed various Amish teens from around the country while they went out into the world and got their experience with making their decision on camera. It was pretty popular while it lasted xD

As far as schooling goes, I know the Amish home school their children. And the alternative to that is like this private kind of school that's in some of the communities where they teach the kids the traditions and teachings of the Amish community. 

But the colonials I'm not too sure about, I think they home school their children but since they're not nearly as set apart from modern society as the Amish are I'm not sure if they home school or just send them to regular public school xD

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