Annual APASA Conference

Join the members of the Amish & Plain Anabaptist Studies Association at one of our annual conferences. APASA conferences are friendly events that provide an opportunity to share your work and get feedback, meet colleagues who have similar interests, and discover potential collaborators.

Thank you to all who participated and attended! See you in 2022.

The 2021 Amish & Plain Anabaptist Studies Association Conference (Fifth Annual)

Hotel Millersburg

Millersburg, Holmes County, Ohio

Friday, July 16, 1pm to Saturday, July 17, 5pm, 2021


Registration opened June 1.

APASA Regular Member: $65
APASA Student/Need-Based Member: $40

Non-members may attend the conference by joining APASA at the time of registration.


The following non-concurrent sessions are scheduled:

Friday, July 16

Saturday, July 17

The conference will also include both organized and unplanned time for socializing and networking.


APASA has a reduced rate for lodging at the beautiful, historic Hotel Millersburg in downtown Millersburg. 35. W. Jackson St, Millersburg, OH 44654.

Hotel Millersburg is listed on the U.S. Department of Interior’s National Register of Historic Places and is located in the Millersburg National Historic district.

Call the hotel (330-674-1457) to make a reservation and mention the Amish Studies conference. Discounted rates are good for Friday evening (the prime night) as well as a limited number for Thursday and Saturday nights.

$79 one queen room
$130 two queen room
$195 suite (three beds)
All reservations include a voucher for a free breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant.

Rooms are now open to the public, so these rates are good only as long as rooms remain available.


The ongoing growth of the plain people—the Amish, Hutterites, German Baptists, Apostolic Christians, Swiss Mennonites, Low German Mennonites, and others—means that more people are encountering these religious groups in the public sphere. Those who specifically study or work with the plain people must continue advancing our bodies of knowledge through critical evaluation of old knowledge and introduction of new ideas. The goals of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies Association (APASA) conferences are to disseminate advances in research and practice, spark new ideas through conversation, and broaden professional networks among academics, service providers, and plain Anabaptist adherents.


The conference planning committee extends a welcome to professors and scholars in the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities; service providers, including those in health care, education, social work, agricultural extension, law, planning, and others; and plain Anabaptists adherents to both attend and share your research, projects, and perspectives. Such an eclectic mix offers a unique opportunity to compare insights and learn from one another. Thought-provoking conversations, presentations, and panels, all within a collegial context, are characteristic of APASA conferences.


As announced publically April 26, 2021, APASA will hold an in-person conference.


The conference is located within the sizeable Holmes County Amish community. The greater Holmes County area provides many opportunities for research and leisure.


"What can I expect to get out of attending the APASA Conference?"

(1) Gain awareness of important trends among the plain people, which can inform the nature of your service work

(2) Meet others who work with the Amish and Mennonites in a variety of services (e.g., social work, agriculture, conservation, education, tourism, health, and governance) as well as scholars with new perspectives and data that can inform your outreach work.

(3) Join discussions about service-specific topics from a variety of panels.

(4) Learn more about the Amish and plain Anabaptist faith and culture.

Continuing education credit hours

We welcome professionals who are seeking continuing education credit. Check with your employer to ensure that this event qualifies for credit. We can furnish a certificate of attendance for those present during the entire conference or for the required hours needed


First annual conference: Columbus, OH (2017)

Second annual conference: Berlin, OH (2018)

Third annual conference: Millersburg, OH (2019)

Fourth annual conference [cancelled] (2020)


For questions about the APASA conference, contact Cory Anderson at or visit the Amish & Plain Anabaptist Studies Association’s website for more information:

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