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.)



February 24, The Colonial Cocalico Neighborhood

Michael Showalter, museum educator at the Ephrata Cloister, will take a look at the Lancaster County neighborhood, using local church records, estate papers, tax rolls, and census information.



March 9th (originally scheduled for March 23), Thaddeus Stevens and the Underground Railroad

Randolph Harris, independent historian, will explore the life of Thaddeus Stevens, a 19th century Lancaster  congressman. Stevens was the pain and bane of Southern slave holders, and played a vital role in the development of South-Central PA.





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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Ephrata, corner of Oak St.



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New Exhibit, “The Ephrata Borough,”

The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley is pleased to announce the opening of a special exhibit,


Don’t miss the Ephrata exhibit! The exhibit is open and will run through December 31, 2015, admission is free to the public