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Our Mission    

We are dedicated to discovering, gathering, and preserving materials and data relative to the heritage of the community known as the Cocalico Valley. The Cocalico Valley is defined as the Townships of East & West Cocalico, Clay, Ephrata, West Earl and a portion of Earl. This includes the Boroughs of Akron, Adamstown, Denver & Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

Our History

The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley was formed in 1957 as a project of the Ephrata Recreation Center. In 1961 the Society purchased the Connell home from Alvin Wissler, who had purchased the property from the guardians and executors of Nora Connell.

The Society is interested in preserving the heritage of the Cocalico Valley, which the Society defines as the townships of East and West Cocalico and Ephrata (all once part of Cocalico Township), Clay, West Earl, and a portion of Earl. This area encompasses the boroughs of Ephrata, Akron, Denver, and Adamstown. Items found in the museum of the Society were either made in the Cocalico Valley, or are representative or typical of the things used in the Cocalico Valley area.




Lowell D. Haws
Vice President John S Hibschman
Recording Secretary Joanne L. Bender
Corresponding Secretary Penny L. Lyba
Treasurer Joel L. Westerhoff

Trustees at Large

Elaine Bowman 2016
Virginia (Ginnie) L. Good 2016
Clarke E. Hess 2016
Robert W. Sheaffer 2016
Randy E. Newcomer 2017
Steven Ravegum 2017
John N. Snader 2017
Cathy Westerhoff 2017
Robert H. Getz, Jr. 2018
G. Robert Eberly 2018
Richard J. Sweigart 2018
Timothy G. Horst 2018


Cynthia Marquet



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