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We invite you to join us on a motorcoach tour of “Baltimore, Maryland’s Evergreen Museum & Library and the Maryland Historical Society” Thursday, October 2, 2014, and enjoy a dinner at the  “Rusty Scupper Restaurant” on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Menu choices are Broiled Atlantic salmon, Maryland crab cake platter, or Lemon garlic roasted chicken.

Click here for flyer/reservation form for tour description and details.









August 27, Pennsylvania Esoterica: Folk Medicine in the Dutch Country

Historian and author Patrick Donmoyer will present an illustrated presentation explaining the historical and cultural roots of traditional customs, rituals, and folkways known among the Pennsylvania Dutch as Braucherei, or Pow-wow. Images of ritual objects, inscriptions, blessings, and procedures will demonstrate the broad-reaching scope of folk customs in Pennsylvania throughout three centuries.


September 24, No Meeting

Join us 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.


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.)


Up coming:

October 22, In Their Own Words: The Cocalico Valley's Men and Women of World War II.

Clarence E. Spohn will give a power point presentation of images, letters, and poetry by some of the local men and women who served in the war, and whose writing appeared in The Ephrata Review. These stories were unearthed while researching the author's latest book What's Cookin' Among our Boys and Girls in the Armed Forces - The Cocalico Valley and World War II.




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.





 The Theodore R Sprecher Museum features The Harry F Stauffer exhibit, "His Many Faces" displays for you to see some of his works up close and personal.