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.)
May 25, 2016 The
Civil War in Pennsylvania
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!