Historical Society’s Library & Museum to have a temporary Close from
February 15th to March 15th, 2019

Beginning February 15th and continuing through March 15th the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley’s library and museum, located at 237 and 249 West Main St., will be closed to the public to allow for much needed work relating to the Society’s collections to be carried out by the Society’s librarian and volunteers. During the past year the Society has accessioned an unusually large number of artifacts, including the recently acquired collections of the now-disbanded Reamstown Historical Society and the Ream Family Association. Among the projects to be tackled during the period of closure will be the cleaning and reorganization of the vault housing the Society’s manuscript and rare book collections, the cataloging of recently-accessioned items, and the installation of a new exhibit in two
of the museum’s exhibit rooms. During this time telephone and email inquiries will continued to be received.
Thank you for your patience during this time, as always, we appreciate your support. We look forward to a great year with you. 

Welcome to The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley

The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley (HSCV) invites you to explore the following pages and, better still to visit us in person, to discover the fascinating heritage associated with this area of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

The HSCV was formed in 1957 as a project of the Ephrata Recreation Center. In 1961 the Society purchased the beautiful Victorian Italianate Connell Mansion built in 1869. That structure now houses the three-story, thirteen-room Theodore Sprecher Museum. In 1989, the Society purchased the adjacent English Tudor-style home and converted it into the William and Jemima Brossman Library and Research Center.

Museum Hours

Museum Hours

Saturday, 10:00 A. M. to 4:00 P.M.

Other times by appointment with a 24 hour notice.

Schools & organizations welcome!

Free to the public.

Research Library

Research Library

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

9:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.


8:30 A.M. - 5:00

Our Mission

We are dedicated to discovering, gathering and preserving materials and data relative to the community known as the Cocalico Valley. All items in the museum collection were either made in the Cocalico Valley or were used by and/or owned by people living in the area. The Cocalico Valley encompasses ten municipalities in Northern Lancaster County — the Boroughs of Adamstown, Akron, Denver, and Ephrata and the Townships of East and West Cocalico, Clay, Ephrata, West Earl, and a portion of Earl.

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