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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 26, The History of Railroad Mail Service in Northeastern Lancaster County

Sam Stoltzfus, Amish historian and woodworker,  will discuss the long-abandoned practice of transporting mail via the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Reading Railroad.


September 23, 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 28, Walkin' the Line: A Journey from Past to Present along the Mason-Dixon.

William Ecenbarger, author and a former reporter and editor for The Philadelphia Inquirer, will present  a history-travelogue that interweaves  the story of the line's people, legends, and myths while following the progress of English surveyors Mason and Dixon from 1763 to 1768 as they draw one of the most unusual boundaries on earth.


November 25, No Meeting     Happy Thanksgiving!


December 23, No Meeting     Merry Christmas!