Welcome to the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley
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.)
NOTE THE TIME CHANGE MEETING WILL BE AT 7:00 p.m.
July 23, Field Trip
We will visit the Conrad Weiser Homestead in Womelsdorf, Berks County. Weiser was an 18th century German immigrant, an Indian interpreter, and a key figure in Colonial Pennsylvania. This site included the 1834 John Scheetz House, which functions as the visitor center, the Weiser House featuring period furnishings and exhibits, a stone spring house, and the Weiser family cemetery. Admission fee is $4.50, payable individually upon arrival at the Visitor center at 7:00 PM.
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.
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.
November 27, No Meeting Happy Thanksgiving!
December 25, No Meeting Merry Christmas!