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.)
September 23, No Meeting
on the front lawn of the Society’s headquarters to view the Ephrata Fair parade
and enjoy hot dogs at the Society’s food stand.
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We have an exciting event being planned, the
Historical Society Of the Cocalico Valley Church Tour.
The tour will be of historically significant
congregations, church buildings, and cemeteries within the Cocalico Valley,
October 3, 2015, from 10 AM—4 PM. Tickets are on sale now, Adult 18 and over
is$15.00 and under 18—Free. They can be purchased at the Society or from
participating churches. Those participating are 1. Swamp Christian Fellowship,
2. Swamp Lutheran Church, 3. Reinholds Station Trinity Chapel, 4. Musser
Memorial Chapel in Adamstown, 5. Peace United Church of Christ, 6. Muddy Creek
Lutheran Church, 7. Salem Evangelical & Reformed, 8. Bethany United
Church-Christ, 9. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 10. Mt Zion United Methodist,
11. Mt Airy Union Sunday School, 12. Mellingers Evangelical Lutheran, 13. The
Steinmetz Church and Cemetery.
October 28, Walkin' the Line: A Journey from Past to Present along the
William Ecenbarger, author and
a former reporter and editor for The Philadelphia Inquirer, will present
a history-travelogue that interweaves the story of the line's people, legends,
and myths while following the progress of English surveyors Mason and Dixon from
1763 to 1768 as they draw one of the most unusual boundaries on earth.
9:30 A.M. to 6:00
Saturday 8:30 A.M. -
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.
civic group tours can be arranged.
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
237- 249 West Main Street
Ephrata, corner of Oak St.
New Exhibit, “The
Musselmans of Murrell,”
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,” The exhibit, which
compliments the Society’s 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 item’s date of purchase, in
some instances, revealing the object’s 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 Stober’s Mill on the Indiantown Creek, Clay Twp.,
bearing the name of the mill’s 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 Society’s Museum & Library Committee
decided to try to acquire the date stone for the Society’s collection using
funds from the committee’s Acquisition Fund. The Society’s bid was
successful, the stone was
purchased, and another Cocalico Valley artifact has been preserved for
Don’t miss the Musselman
exhibit! The exhibit is open and will run
through December 31, 2015, admission is free to the public