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.)
February 24, The Colonial Cocalico Neighborhood
Michael Showalter, museum educator at the Ephrata Cloister, will take a look at the Lancaster County neighborhood, using local church records, estate papers, tax rolls, and census information.
NOTE DATE CHANGE FOR MARCH DUE TO A LIBRARY SCHEDULING CONFLICT
March 9th (originally scheduled for March 23),
Thaddeus Stevens and the Underground Railroad
Randolph Harris, independent historian, will explore the life of Thaddeus Stevens, a 19th century Lancaster congressman. Stevens was the pain and bane of Southern slave holders, and played a vital role in the development of South-Central PA.
April 27, The Pennsylvania Rifle
Rifle historian Paul Allison will discuss rifle manufacture in 19th century Pennsylvania. Rifle craftsmen, mostly Germanic in origin, brought European rifle technology here, and improved it to make accurate weapons, which led the westward expansion, Lewis and Clark's success, and Jackson's victory at New Orleans.
May 25, 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!