Welcome to the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley

 

What's new

for 2015

PROGRAMS 2015

Meetings are held at 7:00 P.M. at the Ephrata Public Library, 550 S. Reading Road, Ephrata unless otherwise stated. Open free to the public.

(In case of inclement weather, Society programs will follow the Ephrata School District closing schedule.)

 

 

May 27,  The History of

American Chairs

H. Clair Garman, cabinetmaker and historian, will present a PowerPoint-illustrated chronology of the evolution of the construction and design of American seating. Find out how old that chair in the attic really is.

 

 

June 24, Annual Members Picnic

This year's members-only picnic will be held on the grounds of the society's headquarters, and will be an old-fashioned picnic, with each family bringing a covered dish. Bob and Denise Harter, the proprietors of the 1777 Americana Inn, built by clockmaker  Jacob  Gorgas,  have graciously offered to open the newly-remodeled inn for the group. The adjoining Black Forest Brewery will also be open. Details will appear in the newsletter.

 

 

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LIBRARY  HOURS

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

9:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Saturday 8:30 A.M. - 4:00

The Theodore R. Sprecher Museum Hours

Saturday, 10:00 A. M. to 4:00 P.M.

Other times by appointment with a 24 hour notice

Free to the public.

Educational and civic group tours can be arranged.

(717) 733-1616 or EMAIL  HSCV@cocalicovalleyhs.org

Come on in and pull up a chair. Whether you are a newcomer or an old timer you can get to know us and experience our rich heritage. The Society was founded in 1957. There is so much to see and learn about the Cocalico Valley. Visit the Theodore R. Sprecher Museum housed in the Connell Mansion in it's Victorian elegance. You will find thirteen rooms of exhibits with collections from the early 1800's to present and period room settings. Be sure to see the current feature exhibit. Quite possibly you may want to do some research in the library with its wealth of local history and genealogy. Resource materials range widely from the standard body of legal and church records to the specific and unique resources focused on the Cocalico Valley. To get a glimpse of the collections you can view an online card catalog which includes files through the year 2000. Current files can be perused in the library. You have heard our story, maybe you have one too. We would love to hear from you.

 

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New Exhibit, The Musselmans of Murrell, to Open Sat., Feb. 14, 2015

The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley is pleased to announce the opening of a special exhibit, The Musselmans of Murrell, Pioneer Dealers in Pennsylvania German and Early American Antiques, Saturday, February 14, 2015. The exhibit, which compliments the Societys 2014 Journal by the same title, will tell the fascinating story of Ephrata Township antique dealers Ada and Clayton Musselman, and their son David.

 

The Musselmans ventured into the antique business in 1922, conducting the business out of their home at 766-768 East Main Street, until 1946. For twenty-five years they scoured Lancaster, Berks, Lebanon and Dauphin Counties in search of fine antiques in an effort to satisfy the appetites of their customers. During those years they sold their treasures to dealers, collectors, and department stores from thirty-six of the forty-eight states, as well as the District of Columbia. Among their customers were found prominent collectors of early American antiques, whose names are recognizable even today to serious collectors of quality antiques. A sampling of the names found in the Musselmans business records include Albert C. Barnes, Emily Johnston de Forest, Henry Francis du Pont, Titus Cornelius Geesey, Edna Little Greenwood, and Albert Bachelder Wells. The exhibit will feature artifacts, on loan from private collectors, which had been purchased by the Musselmans during their twenty-five years in the antique business. Utilizing the Musselmans business records some of the items displayed have been traced back to the items date of purchase, in some instances, revealing the objects source and its purchase price. The exhibit will include a sampling of china, glassware, folk art, Lehnware, imprints, pewter, pottery, and primitives, all formerly part of the Musselmans stock. Among the items featured in the exhibit will be a carved 1823 date stone from Stobers Mill on the Indiantown Creek, Clay Twp., bearing the name of the mills builder Isaac and Maria Erb. The mill, which contained two date stones (1823 and 1829), was closed in 1930 and demolished the following year. The Musselmans purchased both date stones in 1931 for $5 each, however no record of the sale of either stone could be found in the Musselmans records. Fortunately ca. 1931 snapshots of both tombstone-shaped stones, each having an arched top containing a relief-carved gear, remained in the possession of the Musselman family. Miraculously in November of 2014 the 1823 date stone surfaced at a public auction at Wakefield in southern Lancaster County. The members of the Societys Museum & Library Committee decided to try to acquire the date stone for the Societys collection using funds from the committees Acquisition Fund. The Societys bid was

successful, the stone was purchased, and another Cocalico Valley artifact has been preserved for future generations.

 

Dont miss the Musselman exhibit! The exhibit will open Saturday, February 15, 2015 and continue through December 31, 2015, admission is free to the public