Programs & Events
Informative lectures about area life in the 18th to 20th centuries are presented by local experts in their respective fields. Unless otherwise stated, all meetings convene on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 167 East Main Street, Ephrata, PA. In case of inclement weather, Society programs will follow the Ephrata School District closing schedule. Open free to the public.
January 24 – Annual Show and Tell
An enjoyable way to begin our new year of programs affords one and all the opportunity to attend and share their unique treasures with others at this first meeting.
February 28 – “Fields of Glory – Hear Their Stories”
Civil War historian and re-enactor Tom Lehman will speak on the farms of Gettysburg and the impact the Battle of Gettysburg had on the farms and the people who worked them.
March 27 – “Life of Thad Stevens: What Part of All Men Are Created Equal Do You Not Understand”
Listen to Kathy Brabson, who has written an account of Thad Stevens through his impoverished, fatherless, physically handicapped, bully-infested youth to his development into a successful attorney in Lancaster, PA.
April 24 – “Before He Was a Catcher or a Spy: Moe Berg’s Year with the 1925 Reading Keys”
Enjoy a story of a major league catcher who played with five different teams, graduated cum laude from Princeton with a degree in languages, and spied for the CIA in WWII presented by Brian Engelhart.
May 22 – “A Walk with Conrad Weiser”
Lynn Otto will discuss the Tulpehocken Path, a 65-mile passageway from Conrad Weiser’s farm in Womelsdorf, PA to the Native American capital at Shamokin.
June 26 – Annual Picnic
This year’s members-only picnic will be held at the Denver Park pavilion in Denver. The meal will be catered by Big John’s Catering.
July 24 – Annual Field Trip
Join members for a step back in time at the newly restored 1927 passenger train station in Wernersville. The station is air conditioned, one floor, handicapped accessible, with parking in front. Guides will talk about the artifacts on display and the Reading Railroad.
August 28 – “Granny’s Panties”
Learn with Heather Gibbs, of “Treadle Treasures,” the story of all the layers of clothing that people wore to conform to the dictates of society in years past. Also enjoy a display of various authentic apparel.
September 25 – Ephrata Parade Night
Members are invited to join us on the front lawn of HSCV’s Connell Mansion to view the Ephrata Fair parade and enjoy delicious goodies at our food stand!
October 23 – “The True Story of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
Mike Jesberger, re-enactor and lecturer, will explain why the residents of Sleepy Hollow believed the Headless Horseman to have been the ghost of a Hessian soldier. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was created by the macabre imagination of Washington Irving’s experiences and research, but few people know the truth behind the story.
November & December – No Programs
November – ExtraGive Campaign
Please consider the HSCV as a part of your benevolence. Visit extragive.org in November.
December – Christmas at the Connell Mansion
Enjoy our Victorian Mansion dressed in holiday splendor for our annual Open House. Stay tuned for more details.