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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.)


March 22, Pennsylvania Dutch/German Culture

Musician, educator, and expert on Pennsylvania Dutch language and culture Keith Brintzenhoff will discuss the past near-demise of Pennsylvania Dutch and today's renewed interest in the dialect. In addition, he will describe how music and instruments have set the culture apart.


April 22, 2017 10 AM-3PM    Cocalico Valley Church Tour,       


A great collection of architecturally significant buildings will be featured on this tour.

Participating Churches are

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, Ephrata

First United Methodist Church, Ephrata

Mohlers Church of the Brethren, Ephrata

Bergstrasse Evangelical Lutheran Ch, Ephrata   (Serving breakfast 8:30 am - 12 noon)

Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lincoln      (Serving light lunch 11:00 am until 1:00 pm)

Zion's Reformed United Church of Christ, Lincoln

Springville Old Order Mennonite, Ephrata

St John's United Church of Christ, Denver

Weist Memorial Church, Schoeneck

 Advance tickets at HSCV library or from board members. Also Tickets will be available on tour day at any location.   Tickets for the self guided tour are Adults 18 and over $15.00, under 18-Free.



April 26, The Native Lenni Lenape (Delaware)

Darius Puff, a life-long devotee of Native American history, will share his knowledge of the lives of Lenni Lenape people. Real artifacts, reproductions, furs, ceremonial dress and story-telling will enhance his presentation.


May 24, The Mills of Lancaster County

In the early days of Lancaster County water power was a significant source of energy. The many streams in the area were host to mills that ground grain, sawed lumber and machined iron. Some of these mills lasted into the 20th century. Their refuse and remains have a story to tell and their uncovered history has been examined by Dr. Dorothy Merritts of F&M's Earth and Environment Department. Prof. Merritts will tell of her many interesting and unusual discoveries, mostly found in mud.


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. Details will appear in the newsletter.


July 26, Field Trip

This year's field trip will be a visit to three 18th century buildings in Berks County. Details will appear in the newsletter.


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 great faith.


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.


October 14, Our 60th Anniversary Dinner

To be held at Lily's on Main. Details will appear in the newsletter.


October 25, Judging World Figure Skating

In light of the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics, Joan Gruber will relate her experience as a figure skater, starting at age 10, to a world-traveling judge of major skating events. Joan balances her life and domestic duties with the spirituality and passion of skating.

November 22, No Meeting     Happy Thanksgiving!

December 27, No Meeting     Merry Christmas!