Welcome to the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley


What's new

for 2016




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.)


October 26, Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs

Patrick Donmoyer, author and lecturer from Kutztown, will present his research about this important part of Pennsylvania German folklore.  Patrick will have a newly published book available for signing at the end of the talk.

November 25, No Meeting     Happy Thanksgiving!

December 23, No Meeting     Merry Christmas!






Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

9:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Saturday 8:30 A.M. - 4:00

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.

Educational and civic group tours can be arranged.

(717) 733-1616 or EMAIL  HSCV@cocalicovalleyhs.org


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.


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Programs and events

237- 249 West Main Street (Rt. 322),

Ephrata, corner of Oak St.



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Historical Society Exhibit Commemorates 125 Years of Ephrata Borough

  The Historical Society current exhibit is “125 Years of Ephrata Borough, 1891-2016,” commemorating the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of the Borough of Ephrata.  The exhibit was curated by former Ephrata Mayor Clarence E. Spohn, and is cosponsored by Ephrata Borough and the Ephrata National Bank.  The exhibit will continue through Dec. 31, 2016. The Historical Society’s museum, 237 West Main St., is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., or by appointment.  Group visits are welcomed and encouraged, for arrangements call 717-733-1616.  Admission is free to all.