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Programs and events

237- 249 West Main Street (Rt. 322), Ephrata, corner of Oak St.



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Call 733.1616


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Come and listen to those delightful tunes like “Tomorrow”, “Maybe” “Easy Street”, etc. when the musical “Annie” will be performed at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center to a hopefully sold-out audience of HSCV members, family and friends.  Proceeds from that December 3rd performance are returned to the HSCV. All tickets are $25 each. There are no reserved seats. However, an exception to that will be for physically handicapped individuals who are unable to use the steps. Those individuals will have reserved seating on the floor level.  Please note – Tickets for the December 3 show are available only through the Historical Society either here see below, via telephone call at (717) 733-1616, or by mail (with a check) to the HSCV. Tickets will NOT be available through EPAC. This will be a great way to begin the festive Christmas season.

When ordering Tickets by mail

the first ticket is $27 each

additional ticket is $25.

My ticket choice is:


Annie coming







September 24, No Meeting

Join us on the front lawn of the Society's headquarters to view the Ephrata Fair Parade and enjoy hot dogs at the Society's food stand.


Up coming:

October 22, In Their Own Words: The Cocalico Valley's Men and Women of World War II.

Clarence E. Spohn will give a  presentation of images, letters, and poetry by some of the local men and women who served in the war, and whose writing appeared in The Ephrata Review. These stories were unearthed while researching the author's latest book What's Cookin' Among our Boys and Girls in the Armed Forces - The Cocalico Valley and World War II.


Meetings 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.)


November 27,

No Meeting    

Happy Thanksgiving!


December 25,

No Meeting    

Merry Christmas!




Come on in and pull up a chair. Whether you are a newcomer or an old timer you can get to know us and experience our rich heritage. The Society was founded in 1957. There is so much to see and learn about the Cocalico Valley. Visit the Theodore R. Sprecher Museum housed in the Connell Mansion in it's Victorian elegance. You will find thirteen rooms of exhibits with collections from the early 1800's to present and period room settings. Be sure to see the current feature exhibit. Quite possibly you may want to do some research in the library with its wealth of local history and genealogy. Resource materials range widely from the standard body of legal and church records to the specific and unique resources focused on the Cocalico Valley. To get a glimpse of the collections you can view an online card catalog which includes files through the year 2000. Current files can be perused in the library. You have heard our story, maybe you have one too. We would love to hear from you.

Friday November 21 – The HSCV will once again participate in the ExtraGive 24-hour marathon sponsored by the Lancaster County Community Foundation. Last year, a total of more than $2,000,000 was netted by the various Lancaster County non-profit organizations that registered. Thanks to contributions from HSCV members and friends coupled with our share of LCCF’s “stretch pool”, the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley received $4,820 during that one day event. Let’s see if we can top that figure this year.

Click "Annie" poster below to view.

When ordering Tickets by mail the first ticket is $27

each additional ticket is $25.

My ticket choice is:



 The Theodore R Sprecher Museum features The Harry F Stauffer exhibit, "His Many Faces" displays for you to see some of his works up close and personal.