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Informative lectures on the subject about area life in the 18th to 20th centuries are presented by local experts in their respective fields. The programs 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.)



January 24, Annual Show and Tell

Everyone looks forward to this annual program! Come and share your one-of-a-kind treasures with friends at this event. See if you can "Stump the Chumps." This program will be held next door to the Library in the Exploritoium.


February 28, Road Signs of Pennsylvania Towns

In 1929 Pennsylvania began a program to identify towns with cast iron road signs.  Clair Clawser has traveled all over the state locating and photographing these signs. Clair has published a book on the signs and will share their story with us.


March 28, History of Costume in Pennsylvania

Dr. Damayanthie Eluwawalage (Demi) will be presenting her research"  "History of Costume in the State of Pennsylvania." This presentation examines the rationale behind individual and collective clothing practices in early Pennsylvania.


April 25, One Room Schoolhouses

Around 1900 Lancaster County had about 500 one room schoolhouses. The Amish now operate 36 of them in much the same manner in which they were operated in the past. Ginger Shelly has researched this subject and written an award winning book. She will relate her finding to us.


May 23, Maria Kinzer of New Holland

Lous Ann Miller will take us back to the 1730's with Maria Margaretha Kretcherin Kinzer, a settler in the New Holland area. Ms. Miller, a descendant of Maria, will relate Maria's story, describing her journey to the colony of Pennsylvania and the life that she and her family built there. Maria lived for 89 years, witnessing many changes to Lancaster County and contributing along with many of founding mothers, to our young nation's success.


June 27, Annual Picnic

This year's members-only picnic will be held at the new pavilion in Snyder Park, in Clay Township. The meal will be catered by Dutch Country Catering and a speaker will be announced at a later date.


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July 25, Field Trip

This year's field trip will be a bus trip to the historic 1783 Beidler House and Grist Mill and the associated Allegheny Aqueduct Historical Park in Robeson Twp., Berks County, on the Schuylkill River. In the afternoon, the tour group will visit the Ridgewood Winery.


August 22, Songs of the American Road

Matthew Dodd, a modern American Troubadour, will present a program on the song of the road.  These are the songs that travelers sang to pass the time as they went west or from place to place within the growing country, journeying by wagon, on the nation's railroads, or on foot.


September 26, Ephrata Fair Parade - Join us...

...on the front lawn of the Society's headquarters to view the Ephrata Fair parade and enjoy hot dogs and other goodies at the Society's food stand.


October 24, The History of Lancaster County Architecture

Gregory Scott, an award-winning Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, will speak on the significant architecture and architects of our area from the 18th century to the present.


November 28, No Meeting     Happy Thanksgiving!

December 26, No Meeting     Merry Christmas!