The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley (HSCV) is busy preparing their next exhibit featuring the life and career of Lieutenant General Ronald R. Blanck, D.O. (Ret.)

Raised in Ephrata, General Blanck is a doctor of osteopathic medicine, served in Vietnam, is past commander of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and was the 39th Surgeon General of the United States Army, to name just a few of his many accomplishments.

General Blanck recently visited the society to assist staff with the exhibit and is shown here (center) with HSCV Museum Chairperson Kerry Mohn (left) and volunteer Donna Horst (right).

The HSCV plans to host a “grand opening” of the exhibit this summer.  For more details, stay tuned to the HSCV website at and Facebook.


HSCV 65th Anniversary Matching Challenge

A member and friend of the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley (HSCV) recently offered a financial giving challenge. As part of the fundraising goal for the 65th Sapphire Anniversary Celebration coming up this fall, the donor will match dollar for dollar up to $10,000 all donations from members and friends of HSCV that are made through August 31, 2022. The donor has specified that contributions come from individuals only. Although we will certainly accept financial support from businesses, foundations, or charitable trusts, such donations will not count toward the contribution match.

What a great opportunity is presented to potentially double your financial support to HSCV through this matching challenge. However, your donation must be postmarked or received no later than August 31, 2022. Any contributions received after this date will indeed be welcome but will not count toward the match.

Look for the Sponsorship Pledge Form mailed to you recently. We urge you to complete it now, so you do not miss the August 31 deadline or use the PayPal button below to make your donation.

If you have any questions, please contact Deb Martin, Chairperson, Ways & Means Committee, at 717-466-0885.

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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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