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, 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, 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 24, 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, 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 26, 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 and a town tour will follow.
July 24, Field Trip – This year’s field trip will be a bus trip 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, 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 23, 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, 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.
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