What a great day in the Amana Colonies! We began our day at the Homestead Church where Lanny gave us a introduction to the Amanas. We learned how the settlers came to Iowa from the Ebenezer Society in New York. These Germans were seeking religious freedom and opportunity. In 1855 they found the area with the Iowa River a good place to extend their communal family. The communal way of living lasted until the 1930's. No money was exchanged, but credit was given to families to shop in their stores. Each member was expected to work for the community and in return they were given housing, supplies, medical & meals cooked and served in communal kitchens. Check out our photos below!