Mennonites in Texas: The Quiet in the Land

Exhibition dates: July 27, 2008 - September 1, 2008

With their plain dress and quiet, unassuming demeanor, the Old Colony Mennonites are a striking presence within the often flamboyant and proud people of Texas.  This exhibit by photojournalist Laura L. Camden is a photographic tour of the Mennonites of Seminole, a West Texas farming community of more than five thousand residents and five separate congregations.

By spending more than a year getting to know the families, participating in day-to-day activities, Camden developed deep insight into the religious beliefs and also the family relationships, role expectations, and daily routines of this conservative Mennonite community.  Through the camera lens, Camden offers a touchingly intimate view of a unique lifestyle seldom experienced by outsiders.

A companion book, Mennonites in Texas, The Quiet in the Land was published in 2006 by Texas A&M University Press.

All photographs are from the Laura Camden Photographic Archive, at The Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin.
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