Amana Church Society

Amana Church Society

(əmăn`ə), corporate name of a group of seven small villages in E central Iowa, clustered around the Iowa River NW of Iowa City; settled 1855 by members of the Ebenezer Society. The society originated in one of the Pietist religious groups of 17th-century Germany. Led by Christian Metz (1794–1867), 800 members emigrated to the United States in 1842 to escape persecution at home. Settling first near Buffalo, N.Y., they developed a communal way of life that reached its flowering in Iowa. Amana became one of the most successful of such communities in America. In 1932 it was made a cooperative corporation, with separation of religious and economic administration. Long famous for the products of their woolen mills (especially blankets) and farms, the quaint villages also attract many visitors. The name Amana is used for a refrigerator and appliance company located there; the company is not owned by the society. There are about 500 members of the society today.

Bibliography

See study by J. Liffring-Zug (1975).

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He is an Amana native, holds a PhD in history from Iowa State University, has been a board member and president of the modern Amana Society corporation, and also elder, trustee, and president of the Amana Church Society.
Readers interested in a general historical account of the community are advised to consult Zuber's translations of the Inspirations-Historie up to 1850, which are available through the Amana Church Society or the Amana Heritage Society.
Nevertheless, much that has been written by the post-1932 Amana Society or Amana Church Society, although in English, is not widely available (Hoehnle's second criterion for inclusion).
The Amana Church Society was created to direct matters of faith.
2) 274 years later, the first English-language hymnal was published by the Amana Church Society under the title, The Amana Church Hymnal.
The Amana Church Society had its beginning as Die Wahre Inspirations-Gemeinde (The Community of True Inspiration) in early eighteenth-century Germany.
In the face of this change, the hymnic heritage of the Community has been preserved in their first English-language hymnal, published at Amana, Iowa, by the Amana Church Society in 1992.