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The town of Akron is located ten miles (16 km) northeast of the city of Lancaster, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1833 by people of German descent and was first named New Berlin. In 1880 its name was changed to Akron in order to secure a Federal post office, since there already was a New Berlin within the state. The population of the town in 2004 was slightly over 4,000, of which Mennonites constituted a small minority. In 2006 there were two Mennonite congregations in Akron, with a combined membership of slightly over 500. Since 1936 Akron has been the headquarters of Mennonite Central Committee.

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Author(s) J. N Byler
Kevin Enns-Rempel
Date Published April 2006


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Byler, J. N and Kevin Enns-Rempel. "Akron (Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2006. Web. 14 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Akron_(Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=74573.

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Byler, J. N and Kevin Enns-Rempel. (April 2006). Akron (Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 14 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Akron_(Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=74573.




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