Programs & Events
Informative lectures on the subject about area life in the 18th to 20th centuries are presented by local experts in their respective fields. The programs 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.)
February 27, Program: The U. S. Constitution – Attorney Scott Hoh will discuss the Genius of the Founding Fathers and the basic law that has governed the country for 230 years. Scott teaches Constitutional Law at Albright College.
March 27, Program: Trolleys – Herb Fischer has been collecting information and photographs on the Conestoga Traction Co. for a number of years. Herb will show through photos the routing of trolleys from Leola to Akron and Diamond Springs and on into Ephrata.
April-June, Fundraiser: Mister Car Wash Tickets for sale by Board Members
April 24, Program: Historic Lancaster Generals – Major Generals Edward Hand and John Reynolds played important roles in the nation’s history. One was a founder of the country, the other a saving hero in a moment of great distress in the Civil War. The speaker will be Robert Frick.
May 22, Program: The History of Quilting – Patchwork quilting has been a part of American History dating to the early settlement of the farmlands. The Hopewell Quilters will show how quilting has gone from a necessity to an art form.
June 19, Annual Picnic – This year’s members-only picnic will be held at the pavilion in Adamstown Grove Park. The meal will be catered by Dutch Country Catering.
July 24, Field Trip – A “drive yourself” visit to the Berks County Heritage Center. We will tour the Gruber Wagon works, Melcher Grist Mill, Hiester Canal Center, Reeser Farm House, the Red Bridge and be greeted by a Distelfink.
August 28, Program: The Cornwall Iron Furnace – Iron furnaces and foundries were a major industry in Pennsylvania for many years. Mike Emery, Director of the Cornwall Furnace Museum will relate the history of iron production in this area from 1737 to 1883.
September 25, No Meeting – Join us on the front lawn of the Society’s headquarters to view the Ephrata Fair parade and enjoy hot dogs and other goodies at the Society’s food stand.
October 16, Fundraiser: Advance showing of “Newsies” – Tickets on sale now!!! “Newsies” the play, based on Disney’s very first live-action musical movie from 1992. Jack ‘Cowboy” Kelly is living the typical newsboy life and carrying the banner. But the life of a 17 year-old newspaper hawker in 1899 New York couldn’t be harder. He dreams of leaving the crowded city streets behind for the freedom of Sante Fe, and he’s saving every penny for that someday. But when Pulitzer raises his newspaper distribution prices, that dream suddenly vanishes. Jack and his new friend David Jacobs rally the newsboys to go on strike against the greedy corporations and seek fair treatment for child laborers. Based on the historical events of the actual newsboys’ strike of 1899, this story is full of history and heart. Location: Ephrata Performing Arts Center’s Sharadin Bigler Theatre, 320 Cocalico Street, Ephrata. Wine and cheese reception begins at 6:30pm, show begins at 7:30pm. All tickets are only $25, and all proceeds go back to YOUR HISTORICAL SOCIETY! For tickets, call (717)733-1616.
October 23, Program: Pennsylvania Sites – Al Holiday, Editor of Pennsylvania Magazine, will speak on beautiful Pennsylvania and all the wonderful history and sites to see in the Commonwealth.
November 11, Program: Pennsylvania Military – A joint program with Ephrata Public Library will be held to honor military service. The speaker will be Tyler Gum of the PA Military Museum.
November 14, Bus Trip: National Constitution Center & Museum of the American Revolution – Attention history lovers! The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley is hosting a bus trip to the National Constitution Center and the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia on Thursday, November 14, 2019. Price is $100 per person, which includes your entry to both exhibits, plus a lunch voucher. The bus will leave at 8:00am from the Elite Coach parking lot (1685 W Main St, Ephrata) and return at 5:30pm. For tickets, call (717)733-1616 or print and mail the form below with a check made payable to HSCV for $100 per person, to HSCV PO Box 193 Ephrata, PA 17522.
November 22, Fundraiser: ExtraGive – Ready to Lend a Helping Hand? We’re counting down the days to November 22nd and the ExtraGive. We need your help to make our campaign a success. Share and share alike – Help us grow our network by sharing this link https://www.extragive.org/organizations/historical-society-of-the-cocalico-valley on your social media networks: post on Facebook, tweet about ExtraGive, and ask others to do the same. Become a fundraising champion. Everyone loves a champion, including us! On November 22, donate at https://www.extragive.org/organizations/historical-society-of-the-cocalico-valley. Thank you in advance for your support!
November 27, No Meeting – Happy Thanksgiving!
December 1, Christmas Open House – You are invited to Christmas at the Mansion from 2 o’clock to 5 o’clock in the afternoon. The Mansion will be decorated for the holiday season and there will be entertainment, Santa Claus and refreshments. Come and visit with us, see the wonderful displays, and learn about the Connell Family and their home. Bring family and friends. Start the holiday season with a festive Victorian Christmas!
December 25, No Meeting – Merry Christmas!