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.)
2018 – The Many Faces of the Cocalico Valley Exhibit
This special exhibit, “The Many Faces of the Cocalico Valley.” The exhibition is designed to both recognize and celebrate the countless men and women who inhabited the Cocalico Valley and contributed in a variety of ways to its development over the centuries.
This exhibit, through the use of photographic portraits and artistic portraiture, presents only a sampling of the people who in their own personal way contributed to the development of the boroughs of Adamstown, Akron, Denver and Ephrata, and the townships of Clay, Ephrata, East Cocalico, West Cocalico, West Earl and the portion of Earl Township included in the Society’s scope.
A special feature of the exhibit will be a display of memorabilia from the military career of Ephrata native General William Thomas Hobbins, USAF, Retired, the only 4-star general to come out of the Cocalico Valley.
The exhibit is open through the end of December 2018. The museum is open Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by special arrangements.
May 23, Maria Kinzer of New Holland – Lous Ann Miller will take us back to the 1730’s with Maria Margaretha Kretcherin Kinzer, a settler in the New Holland area. Ms. Miller, a descendant of Maria, will relate Maria’s story, describing her journey to the colony of Pennsylvania and the life that she and her family built there. Maria lived for 89 years, witnessing many changes to Lancaster County and contributing along with many of founding mothers, to our young nation’s success.
June 27, Annual Picnic – This year’s members-only picnic will be held at the new pavilion in Snyder Park, in Clay Township. The meal will be catered by Dutch Country Catering and a speaker will be announced at a later date.
July 25, Field Trip – This year’s field trip will be a bus trip to the historic 1783 Beidler House and Grist Mill and the associated Allegheny Aqueduct Historical Park in Robeson Twp., Berks County, on the Schuylkill River. In the afternoon, the tour group will visit the Ridgewood Winery.
August 22, Songs of the American Road – Matthew Dodd, a modern American Troubadour, will present a program on the song of the road. These are the songs that travelers sang to pass the time as they went west or from place to place within the growing country, journeying by wagon, on the nation’s railroads, or on foot.
September 26, Ephrata Fair Parade – 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 24, The History of Lancaster County Architecture – Gregory Scott, an award-winning Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, will speak on the significant architecture and architects of our area from the 18th century to the present.
November 25, No Meeting – Happy Thanksgiving!
December 23, No Meeting – Merry Christmas!