I first learned about the Amana Colonies on the way home from my last trip west in 2005. As a cultural geographer the prospect of visiting a former utopian communal society was exciting. I vowed to visit this community on my next trip west. So here I am, keeping my vow.
Amana, the first of seven community villages, was constructed in the mid 1850’s by the True Inspirationists. Amana was one of the longest lived communal societies.