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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.)



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!