The Amana Colonies are seven villages on 26,000 acres located in east-central Iowa. The villages were built and settled by German Pietists, who were persecuted in their homeland by the German state government and the Lutheran church. They first settled near Buffalo, NY. However, seeking more isolated surroundings, they moved to Iowa, and lived a communal life until the mid-1930s.
Backstory and Context
The Great Council of the Brethren, also known as the Board of Trustees, oversaw the affairs and conduct of the Amana Society. Trustees were expected to tend to the internal affairs of the Society as well as its external business interests. Today, Amana is a major tourist attraction known mainly for its restaurants and craft shops. Included in the shops are woodworking shops, wine shops, and even a brewery called Millstream.