Mennonites in Texas: The Quiet in the Land
Klassen Family in the Field by Laura Camden. The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,
The University of Texas at Austin.
"America has historically been a home for those who suffered elsewhere. The Monnonites came to
America, like millions before them, with hope... They cherish the religious and political freedom we
often take for granted and, if given a chance, will make a significant contribution." - Texas Senator
Lloyd Bentsen (1980)
Two photographers, Laura L. Camden and Susan Gaetz Duarte, each spent more than a
year documenting two separate Mennonite communities for their master's thesis at The
University of Texas at Austin. Separated by almost four hundred and fifty miles, the communities represented in this exhibition are the Mennonites of Seminole (West Texas) and the Beachy Amish Mennonites of Lott
(Central Texas). Though there have been other Menninite settlements in Texas in the twentieth centruy, the Lott and Seminole groups have proven themselves with their longstanding, unceasing presence as well as
their continued growth. They have endured because of their tenacity, community strength, and ability to
This exhibition features fifty black and white framed and matted photographs. It is an exhibit by
the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin, exhibited by the
Sam Houston Memorial Museum in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the
National Endowment for the Humanities.