Programs & Events
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all 2021 programs are “pending” until Holy Trinity Lutheran Church reopens to the public.
HSCV is working with the slate of 2021 presenters to see if any of them would be available to speak to attendees via a “zoom” meeting. If so, we will notify members via email, this website and on our Facebook page.
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 Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 167 East Main Street, Ephrata, Pa., unless otherwise noted. Open free to the public.
(In case of inclement weather, Society programs will follow the Ephrata School District closing schedule.)
January 27, 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 24, Founding Females—Women of the Revolution The Founding Fathers are well-studied, but less well-known are the courageous wives, mothers, daughters, and female friends who are often overlooked in their shadows. The role that women played in the establishment of the United States of America has been under-recognized. Darlene Moyer, of Kutztown, sets out in her presentation to change that circumstance and increase admiration for our Founding Females.
March 24, The Penn Family and the Origins of Pennsylvania Wealthy William Penn, credited with founding the colony of Pennsylvania, was indebted to his English father, an Admiral in England’s navy. Douglas Miller (Administrator of Pennsbury Manor, Bucks County, PA) will discuss the Penn family’s history leading up to and continuing through the establishment of Pennsylvania, sharing interesting facts and entertaining stories.
April 28, “Warm Your Hands Here” Richard Martin, an historical researcher from Penryn, Lancaster County, will discuss 18th and 19th century iron stoves, stove plates, and firebacks, describing their manufacture, usefulness, and safety features. His book about this subject will be available for purchase at the meeting.
May 26, Artistic Features Enhancing Stove Plates Returning for a second meeting, Richard Martin will beguile the audience with his knowledge of the artistic designs used to enhance iron stoves while incorporating iron masters’ identities, manufacturing data, and words of wisdom!
June 23, Annual Picnic
This year’s members-only picnic will be held at the pavilion in Roland Park in Akron. The meal will be catered by Dutch Country Catering.
July 28, Field Trip, Rock Ford
We will gather to tour the Lancaster mansion.
August 25, “Court Cavalier” Anna Thoma
Anna Thoma, in her monastic life at Ephrata Cloister, became Cloister founder Conrad Beissel’s favorite singer. Born to Durst Thoma, who settled near the present village of Schaefferstown, Anna also wrote hymns sung at the Cloister. Ephrata Cloister Visitor Service Associate Lydia Jones will present this interesting and enlightening story about Anna, hymn writer & singer.
September 22, Ephrata Parade Night
Join us on the front lawn of HSCV headquarters to view the Ephrata Fair parade and enjoy hot dogs and other goodies at our food stand.
October 27, “Native Americans”
Cocalico Valley resident Uhma Ruth Py, a descendant of the Lenni Lenape, will discuss the culture, history, and life of her people. Her presentation, designed to foster a respectful awareness of her ancestors, will be complemented with displays, pictures and artifacts.
November & December – No Meetings
November—ExtraGive Campaign in Lancaster Co. Please consider HSCV as a part of your benevolence.
December – “Christmas at the Connell Mansion”—Open to the public.