Corn is at the center of American agriculture, a condition that has been true for the last 10,000 years.

“Maize or corn originated in Mexico about 10,000 years ago by the Olmec and Mayans, ” says Volunteer Educator Ruth Py.

Ruth explains how Europeans viewed the crop when they settled North America and how it is used in the modern world.

The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is hosting the Christmas Candlelight Tours, where you can learn how the Native Americans introduce the world to corn, the evolution of corn processing and the uses of corn today. The evening will conclude in the Herr House’s Stube with a reading of the Christmas story from Luke 2 and singing “Silent Night” in German.

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