By Charlie Warner
While persons living in the Caledonia area have been “rubbing elbows” with the Amish since they settled in Fillmore County more than three decades ago, the Amish are a private people and we really don’t know all that much about them.
Persons will have an opportunity to learn more about the Amish this Sunday, May 6 when Saloma Miller Furlong will make a presentation at the United Methodist Church at 2 p.m.
Miller Furlong was born and raised in an Amish community in Ohio. Driven by her desire for freedom and more formal education, she broke away from her community not once, but twice.
While she and her husband raised their two sons, Saloma baked bread and quilted professionally. She graduated from Smith College in 2007 with a major in German studies and a minor in philosophy.
She earned the Anita Laura Ascher Memorial prize and is a member of Delta Phi Alpha, a national German honorary society.
Her education has included research on the Amish with Dr. Donald Kraybill and a semester abroad in Germany, where she studied at the university of Hamburg and also participated in children’s literature classes in which she wrote a children’s book in German.
Miller Furlong recently left her position at Amherst College to pursue her writing career full time.
She has published short stories, essays and the book she is currently promoting, “Why I Left the Amish.”
During her stop in Caledonia, Miller Furlong will discuss growing up in one of the most intriguing and misunderstood cultures in North America. She will move you to both laughter and tears as she shares the insights she has gleaned while growing up in the Amish culture and overcoming adversities she met.
A book signing will follow Miller Furlong’s presentation.
The event is sponsored by the Caledonia Public Library and the Friends of the Caledonia Library.