Saloma Miller Furlong
Author and Speaker



People Everywhere Are Enchanted by the Amish

Audience at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, Vermont in January 2011


 I offer an authentic look at Amish life.


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Saloma Miller Furlong Photo by Kerstin Martin
Featured in the PBS documentary "The Amish" that aired on American Experience, Saloma Miller Furlong has inspired millions with her story. She will appear in the follow-up PBS film "The Amish: Shunned" to be aired on  American Experience on February 4. Her memoirs, Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman's Ties to Two Worlds and Why I Left the Amish, offers an authentic rendition of what it was like to be born and raised as a young woman in an Amish community. Furlong’s coming-of-age story is both a rare look inside her Amish community and a universal story of overcoming adversity.

Furlong has captivated audiences at universities and colleges, libraries and conferences at more than 125 locations. She often draws record audiences and has regaled thousands of people with her story. People everywhere are inspired by what one host of her program described as: “Saloma is a poised and engaging speaker whose down to earth and genuine manner encourages questions and dialogue.” And in the words of another host: “If she’s coming to your area, book her. You won’t be disappointed.”

For more endorsements, please see quotes below.



Ann Hostetler, Ph.D, Professor of English, Goshen College Goshen, Indiana
Saloma Miller Furlong visited Goshen College in the fall of 2011 as a guest of the History and English Departments, and the Mennonite Historical Society. The turnout was amazing — the college audience swelled with audience members from the greater Northern Indiana area. The question and answer session proved to be an illuminating time of sharing about a culture that is deeply rooted in the surrounding community.  Saloma is a poised and engaging speaker whose down to earth and genuine manner encourages questions and dialogue. Her visit was a memorable event for many.

Jim Maybury, Ph.D., Professor of English, Franklin Pierce University — Rindge, New Hampshire
Saloma Furlong's presentation on her experiences as a member of an Amish community in Ohio and the reasons for her leaving was the highlight of our Spring 2012 lecture series entitled The Ideas of March.  She drew our largest audience of the season, approximately 125 students, professors and community members, and the questions-and-answer period was one of the most lively and extensive we have ever had.  I recommend her as a speaker without reservation.

John Wiehn, Whittemore Library — Naugatuck, Connecticut
When Whittemore Library hosted Saloma Furlong, we had a record crowd of 83 people in our meeting room — so many people that the crowd spilled into the hallway outside the room. Saloma Furlong kept the audience enthralled with her stories of growing up Amish and then her leaving the Amish. You will not regret at all having Saloma at your library!

Patricia Boge, Community Relations Coordinator, La Crosse Public Library — Wisconsin
Saloma Furlong enthralled a group (158+) of older adults at our library’s Monday Mornings at Main. It was standing room only as Saloma related her poignant story of growing up Amish and subsequent leave-taking. An added bonus was the introduction of her husband and his story of their meeting, courtship, and marriage. If she’s coming to your area, book her. You won’t be disappointed.

Marcela Dunham, Adult Programming and Public Relations Coordinator, Warren Township Library — Warren, New Jersey
I had the pleasure of hosting Saloma Furlong at the Warren Township Library in New Jersey.  Her program broke all our records of attendance. Our patrons were intrigued by her life and were captivated by her candor and her charming personality. I highly recommend Saloma Furlong if your organization is interested in learning about the Amish community and their customs.  She is a true professional and a delight to work with.

Dawn Johnson, Director, Spring Grove Public Library — Spring Grove, Minnesota
We had the privilege and honor to host the author, Saloma Furlong at our library. She is a crowd-pleaser in every sense of the term. Her topic was well researched and documented, her delivery was personable and warm. She answered questions, signed books, and posed for photos.  The patrons of Spring Grove have a better understanding of our neighbors to the west, and enjoyed a delightful evening with Saloma. I would strongly recommend that you not only read her book, but take the opportunity to meet her for yourself.

Marian Peterson, MLIS
, Adult Services
, Walker Memorial Library
 — Westbrook, Maine
Saloma spoke at Walker Memorial Library in July 2011.  Her presentation drew a large, engaged audience. Because her sincerity is obvious, she draws in the listener.   While her presentation was honest and positive, she did not make disparaging remarks about the Amish. Her experiences are her own.  I would highly recommend Saloma as an enrichment speaker within any community with an interest in or curiosity about the Amish.

Bonnie Krueger, Reference Librarian, Owatonna Public Library Owatonna Minnesota
Saloma presented a wonderful program on the Amish that captivated our audience.  But even more impressive, was her talent for taking some very personal questions and providing responses that were honest, thoughtful and considerate.  It was very difficult to end the program due to the interaction with the listeners and their desire to hear more.

Julie Brnik, Coordinator of Adult Programming, Hershey Public Library — Hershey, Pennsylvania
Saloma Furlong visited the Hershey Public Library in April 2012, where we had a record crowd of 209 people! Not only is she charming and personable, but she had the complete attention of the audience from start to finish. Her topic was well researched and documented partnered with an amazing story of her life in the Amish community. Her question and answer period could have continued on if it hadn’t been closing time for the library. You really should consider booking her.


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