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.)
June 28, Annual Picnic
This year's members-only picnic will
be held at the Ephrata Township Park. For those interested, there will be a
description and tour of the park, the newest in this area, following the meal.
The Field trip to Historic Sites in
Berks County on July 26th has been sold out. Thank you
to everyone for your support. We will try to do a similar trip next year.
August 23, The Shady Maple Story
Marvin Weaver, founder and chairman
of the Shady Maple Companies, will tell the story of how a quaint little
business grew into the largest smorgasbord in the country. Over one million
people are fed each year at Shady Maple. His is a story of vision, hard work and
September 27, 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.
9:30 A.M. to 6:00
Saturday 8:30 A.M. -
The Theodore R. Sprecher Museum Hours
Saturday, 10:00 A.
M. to 4:00 P.M.
Other times by
appointment with a 24 hour notice
Free to the public.
civic group tours can be arranged.
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
237- 249 West Main Street
Ephrata, corner of Oak St.
Historical Society Announces
Exhibit for 2017
Many Faces of the Cocalico Valley”
If you have driven by the Historical Society
in recent weeks you may have noticed new banners hanging on the front
porch of the museum, one announces the 60th Anniversary of the
Historical Society. The second banner features a large portrait of a
rather dour-looking elderly woman advertising the museum’s new exhibit.
To find out her identity stop by the museum
beginning March 4, she is part of the new 2017 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. The portraits
of the men, women, and children included in the exhibition are
representative of the people from all walks of life, all educational
levels, both blue collar and white collar workers who lived in the
Cocalico Valley through the years. Some of the individuals pictured were
or are well known to their communities (a few were known throughout the
county, state, and beyond) but many were common people— housewives, day
laborers, cigar makers, and factory workers. Many of the portraits found
in the exhibit are of people who were born in the Cocalico Valley and
spent their entire lives here; a few are of people who moved here from
other parts of the state. Some of those born here, upon reaching
maturity, left their families and moved to other parts of the country.
Whatever the circumstances all contributed in their own way to the
development of the community now known as the Cocalico Valley. The 116
portraits that fill the walls of the exhibit, as well as the additional
portraits displayed in the room’s showcases, are only a miniscule
representation of the people who inhabited the Cocalico Valley since its
settlement. As visitors wander through the other rooms of the museum
they will be encouraged to pay particular attention to the portraits
found there. They represent a diverse selection of local inhabitants—
craftspeople, veterans, children, business owners, athletes, physicians,
politicians—all of whom contributed in varying degrees to the lifestyle
that now exists within the region defined as the Cocalico Valley. 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.
Hobbins the son of the late Robert J. Hobbins Sr. and Theodora (Mentzer)
Hobbins Clemens, the grandson of Ivan H. Mentzer, and the great grandson
of Ephrata Burgess and Postmaster Dr. John F. Mentzer, graduated from
Ephrata High School, Class of 1964. While in high school he was well
known as the lead guitarist for the “TJ’s” and after graduation he
played with the “Velaires, both local rock and roll bands. Following his
graduation in 1969 from the University of Colorado he entered the United
States Air Force where he graduated from Officer Training School and
continued his military education in pilot training school learning to
fly the T-37 and T-38. Through his career as a Command pilot he has
registered over 5,100 flight hours in the F- 15C, F-15E, C-20, A-10,
AT-28 and the T-38. At the time of his retirement in 2008 he was
Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe; Commander, NATO Allied Air
Component Command; and Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre,
Ramstein Air Base, Germany. General Hobbins, who will be the guest
speaker at the Historical Society’s 60th Anniversary Banquet at Lily’s
on Main on Oct. 14, 2017, now resides in Lancaster with his wife Robbin.
The new exhibit will open March 4 and run through the end of December
2017. th The museum is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., or by