Kind, True and Necessary

A Full Length Documentary by James Knight (2006) “There are holy places in the world; Machu Pichu is one. Mary Lou and Ernie are the human equivalent. They embody spirit.” Kind, True and Necessary captures the life story and daily life of two exceptional people. Mary Lou and Ernie Goertzen are artists and peace activists who live a life of elegance and simplicity deep in the Oregon woods. The film follows them from strict Mennonite...

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First Lady of Deadwood: Pioneer of the Eugene “Sixties Thang” Still Going Strong

First Lady of Deadwood: Pioneer of the Eugene “Sixties Thang” Still Going Strong

A vintage leather peace pendant hangs around her neck as if it were a sign proclaiming “original Hippie.” Friends who’ve known Mary Lou Goertzen for upwards of 30 or more years said they can’t remember at time when she didn’t wear this iconic symbol of the 1960s counterculture movement. Published in examiner.com, 4/8/10. Click here to read the complete...

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Original Artist Restores Mural in Henderson

Original Artist Restores Mural in Henderson

When she was 27 years old, Mary Lou Goertzen looked at the blank wall just inside the entrance of the brand new Henderson Community School, and had an artistic epiphany. Published in York News-Times, 10/16/09. Click here to read the complete article.

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Heartland School Mural in Danger of Being Painted Over

Heartland School Mural in Danger of Being Painted Over

The mural is a collage of images — a Bible, a corn stalk, books — that depict life at Heartland Community School and in Henderson, a farming community in southwest York County with strong Mennonite ties. Published in JournalStar.com, 2/25/09. Click here to read the complete...

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