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The Amana Colonies are seven villages on 26,000 acres in east-central Iowa, United States: 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, 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 in 1856. They lived a communal life until the mid-1930s.


"Amana Colonies" is a book by John Zug & Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret.

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Google previewA Treasury of IowTales (2000)

Unusual, Interesting, and Little-Known Stories of Iowa by Webb Garrison, Janice Beck Stock

What remains in the Amana Colonies is a museum of the past that has become one of Iowa's leading tourist attractions. 13 Carrie Chapman Catt Strategist 6' Make some noise if.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Kitchen History (2004)

by Mary Ellen Snodgrass

The Amana colonies brought to the United States a flair for wholesome cookery and domestic economy. Founded in 1714 by pietist separatists from the Lutheran church, the religious society began in Darmstadt, Germany from the work of ...

Google previewWomen's Rights in the United States: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Issues, Events, and People [4 volumes] (2014)

A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Issues, Events, and People by Tiffany K. Wayne Ph.D.

The Amana colonies offered a two-year maternity leave to women, during which they were exempt from community work but still full-fledged members; similarly, in the Icarian movement (1848ă1898), new mothers were exempt from other ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Modern Everyday Inventions (2003)

by David John Cole, Eve Browning, Fred E. H. Schroeder

The Amana Colonies were a religious community settled in 1855 by a group of German immigrants belonging to the Community of True Inspiration. They originally practiced a communal lifestyle, with most assets owned collectively by the ...

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