The big news for us this month is our
new website, www.amishnews.com. Our site is not full of "bells and
whistles." It is simply a great, easy-to-access source of information on
Lancasterís "Amish Country." So, what will you find there?
First of all, we wanted our site to
be a more detailed source of information than our newspaper. For those
advertisers who already had a website of their own, we have built in links.
For others, we went out and created simple webpages for them. So even the
"little guys" who may not have the big bucks for a fancy website are
now represented and accessible to you, our readers. Just as we do in our
publication, we have everything organized by category --- shopping, dining,
One unusual aspect of this is the
fact that we have webpages for quite a few of our Amish advertisers and, while
you will not see photographs of them, you will find pictures of the beautiful
quilts, crafts, and furniture many of them produce. So if you were wondering
if any Amish-owned businesses are on the Internet, the answer is
Another part of our website was
designed to answer all the requests we get for copies of articles and the
Amish series. Now, you can read not only past articles, but also the upcoming
articles that have yet to be printed in the remaining issues of this year. Of
special interest right now is our series "The
Amish Speak," with writings by Amish people from across North
America. We decided to take a break from writing about them, and to let them
speak for themselves. The series is excerpted from the excellent book The
Amish In Their Own Words.
Other popular features of Amish
Country News are also online, including information on events,
hex signs, history, and our ever-popular town
pages, each with its own map. Since space is not a problem, we have
expanded many of our town sections with more background information. Links to attractions
and shops open up even more doors for you.
Whether you just want to read about
the area, explore as an "armchair traveler," or plan a visit, www.amishnews.com
is a good place to begin. We are not selling anything, so you just get the
information you need to know.
We have already had some interesting
encounters in "cyberspace." Three students from Germany sent us an
e-mail. They were working on a school project and needed some questions about
the Amish answered. Another lady was trying to track down her ancestors and
wanted to know what resources were available here. And we sometimes get
requests from people who want to buy a particular item, be it a marble roller,
a shoofly pie or an Amish carriage.
As our new website grows, we will be
adding and expanding, so feel free to offer your suggestions and comments. Our
home on the worldwide web is, of course, open 24 hours, so feel free to drop
Amish Country News
Publisher's Message by Brad Igou & Carla
Wolfe (June 2000)
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