Forty-five years ago, the first Mennonite family migrated to Yates County from Ephrata, Pa. Despite daily contact with members of the community over the many years they have been here, myths and assumptions about these deeply religious people prevail.

The Dundee Area Historical Society is hosting a dinner program June 5 that feature  speakers who can share insight about the Mennonite culture in Yates County.

Ivan Martin and his wife moved their family to Yates County in 1977 and have raised 13 children here. Ivan and his family are Biblical literalists and their culture is deeply rooted in their religious beliefs. He is fascinated with science, history, and religion, and he maintains a home library of several thousand volumes. He enjoys sharing about Mennonite culture.

Ivan and his daughter, Mary Anne Martin will speak at the Dundee Methodist Church at 7 p.m. June 5. The Martins are engaging and entertaining speakers.

The program follows a 5:30 p.m. social time and 6 p.m. dinner of macaroni & cheese catered by Steve Owens of the Classic Café.

The cost for the dinner is $12 for members and $16 for non-members. To make a reservation, call 607-243-7047 or email by Friday, May 31.

A current exhibit at the Yates County History Center in Penn Yan that focuses on the local Mennonite community.