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 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 22, Annual Show and Tell
Everyone looks forward to this annual program! Come and share your one-of-a-kind treasures with friends at this event. See if you can “Stump the Chumps.”
February 19, Presenting Our Past
Presenting Our Past traces the history of the Moore Connell Mansion (now housing the HSCV’s museum), and explores the relationship between the Connell family and the growth and development of Ephrata and its surroundings in the Cocalico Valley.
March 25, Brownstown Mill Excavation
The new bridge over the Conestoga River at East Farmersville Rd. in Brownstown required a complete environmental study before construction could begin. This site once featured a grist mill, sawmill and barrel factory; milling operations began there in 1762. Judson Kratzer and Weston Connor of Stell Environmental Enterprises will report and discuss their findings.
April 22, Thaddeus Stevens
Dr. Kathy Brabson has recently written “Life of Thad Stevens,” a fictionalized biography of Thaddeus Stevens. Stevens was a Congressman from Lancaster Co. during the Civil War and played an important role in the abolition of slavery. Kathy will be available for book signing.
May 27, The 19th Amendment
Hallie Vaughan will portray Alice Paul, a suffragette, and discuss the struggle for the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote 100 years ago.
June 24, 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 22, Field Trip, Rock Ford
We will gather to tour the Rock Ford Plantation, home of Revolutionary War hero and physician Major General Edward Hand. We will also tour the newly established Snyder Gallery, displaying colonial and federal decorative arts in the site’s barn.
August 26, Years of Fear: 1755 to 1758
The terror of the French and Indian War came close to home. Historian Barry E. Miller will speak about the causes of the conflict, the role of Conrad Weiser, and the horror experienced by families who remained on the Lancaster County frontier, as well as those who fled southward to Ephrata. The tragic and inspiring story of the Hochstetler Massacre in Berks County will be presented as an illustration of the complex nature of the war.
September 23, Ephrata Parade Night
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 28, Myths of the Pennsylvania Dutch
The Pennsylvania Dutch culture is well established in this area, but the associated folklore has fostered misconceptions. John Kissinger will discuss some of the myths that have arisen.
November is the month of the Extra Give Campaign in Lancaster Co. Please consider HSCV as a part of your benevolence.
November and December – No Meetings