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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 25, 2016 The Civil War in Pennsylvania
The Civil War in Pennsylvania Cooper Wingert, a young author and Civil War historian, will provide this presentation. He has written several books about Confederate action north of Gettysburg. Central Pennsylvania was an important center for the recruitment and training of soldiers in the Civil War. Confederate forces twice tried to envelope Harrisburg, but failed. This author will be available for book signing after the talk.


June 22, Annual Picnic

This year's members-only picnic will be held at the Lititz Springs Park. For those interested, following the meal there will be a walking tour of the historic buildings in Lititz Church Square. Details will appear in the newsletter


July 27, Field Trip

This year's field trip will be a visit to the Conestoga Area Historical Society, located at 51 Kendig Road in Conestoga. Seven major buildings make up the museum grounds, including a 1733 log cabin, a blacksmith shop, and a bank barn. The main building contains a rotating exhibit area.


August 24, Historic Schaefferstown

Diane Wenger and Jan Taylor will discuss Schaefferstown, founded in 1754. The town was once a bustling market center with hotels, mansions, cigar factories, and a whiskey distillery. Today the historic architectures remains, with tales of former days. There will be a book signing for the Schafferstown book by these two authors.


September 28 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 26, Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs

Patrick Donmoyer, author and lecturer from Kutztown, will present his research about this important part of Pennsylvania German folklore.  Patrick will have a newly published book available for signing at the end of the talk.

November 25, No Meeting     Happy Thanksgiving!

December 23, No Meeting     Merry Christmas!