Communal Societies, Vol. 26 No.1, 2006

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Communal Societies, Vol. 26-1


  • DAVID B. ELLER, The Liebesmahl in German Pietist Communal Groups  1
  • DONALD E. PITZER, Harmoniefest: Unison, Harmony, and Discord in the Harmony Society  19
  • EMILY LAPISARDI, Harmony Society Silk:  A Celebration of Aesthetics, Craftsmanship, and Ideology 27
  • EILEEN AIKEN ENGLISH, Easter, 1832:  A Brief Interlude of Peace for George Rapp’s Harmony Society  37
  • WALTER A. BRUMM, Translation, Controversy, and Research Strategy:  What Can Be Learned from George Rapp’s Response to a Shaker’s Inquiry 47
  • JOHN S. RUCH, A Visit to Iptingen 79
  • JOSEPH WHITE , Harmony in History and Memory, 1805-2005 93
  • KATHLEEN M. FERNANDEZ, ‘The Society of Separatists of Zoar vs. …’ Zoar and
    the Courts 105
  • PHILIP E. WEBBER, Simon Beuter’s Journal as a Primary Source for Zoar History:  Illustrated by Passages Dealing with the Passing of Zoar’s Founding Leader, Joseph M. Bäumeler 117
  • MICHAEL TAYLOR, Changing Pilots in Mid-Stream:  How German-American Communitarian Societies Successfully Handled the Deaths of Their Founders  135


The cover photograph was taken in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, circa 1880.  It shows a woman wearing traditional Harmonist garb, including the early 18th century Swabian dress and cap.  The dress is made of silk, which may have been produced at Old Economy Village.  The photograph is reproduced by permission of Old Economy Village and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.