The Ephrata Cloister offers events throughout the year the whole family can enjoy, from children to adults!  Contact us for additional information!; 717-733-6600.

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Every second Wednesday of the month; also available upon request; upcoming: January 14; February 11; March 11
10:00am to 11:00am

Bring your preschooler and join us for a different story each month followed by a craft or activity related to the story. From ABCs, colonial inspired nursery rhymes, gardens, to other themes and images of the history of the Ephrata Cloister, we'll cover a wide range of topics and activities! A parent or guardian must accompany children. $6 for one adult and one child (3-5 years); $3 for each additional child- this includes general admission fees! FREE for Ephrata Cloister Associate members at the Family Membership level. FREE if you show a Museum Pass from the Lancaster County Library System the day of the program.


Winter History Class 2015
Thursdays starting January 22 through March 19
9:00am to Noon each day
$40 one time fee for members; $50 non-members; $8 for individual weekly sessions
Light Refreshments provided

Winter History Class brings scholars, volunteers, staff, and members of the public together to explore the history of Historic Ephrata Cloister, the wider PA German world, local and early PA history! A day long field trip at an additional cost finishes the program at the end of March.

Eventbrite - Winter History Class 2015

Our 2015 Schedule is:
January 22: Introductions of Ephrata's history with Michael Showalter; Origins of Ephrata's Theology with Nick Siegert
January 29: Johannes Hildebrand, Cloister member, Dr. Jeff Bach, Director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies
February 5: An Overview of the Amish with Edsel Burdge, Research Associate, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies; Post Card History and Ephrata Post Cards with Kerry Mohn
February 12: Oral History Interviews with Dan Kachel and Marie Bucher, last members of the Ephrata German Seventh Day Baptist Church, Michael Showalter
February 19: 18th Century Ephrata Cloister Neighbors and Christopher Beeler and the Ghosts with Michael Showalter
February 26: Placards of Pietism: Ephrata's Wallcharts with Rebecca Lawrence and Michael Showalter; Ladder Back Chairs with David Hoffmann, craftsman
March 5: DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER WILLIAM WOYS WEAVER'S PRESENTATION HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO MAY 16, 2015 10AM-12PM. PA German Kitchen Gardens and Heirloom Seeds with William Woys Weaver;
March 12: Homes of Iron Masters with Earle Henderson and William Coleman, Estate Owners; Archaeology at the Alexander Schaeffer Farm with Dr Patricia Gibble, Archaeologist
March 19: The Sisters' Other House with Nick Siegert; Dangerous Guests: Enemy Captives and Revolutionary Communities during the War for Independence with Dr Ken Miller, Washington College.
March 26: FIELD TRIP


Charter Day
Sunday, March 8, 12-5pm
12pm to 5pm

Celebrate the birth of Pennsylvania with FREE ADMISSION to the Historic Ephrata Cloister. As a special feature, we'll have demonstrators on site & the Ephrata Cloister Chorus will perform at 2:00pm, 3:00pm, and 4:00pm.


Making History Workshops
Spring and Fall seasons, 3rd Saturday of each month
10am-12pm; registration available online or on-site

Our 2015 Schedule is:
February 26: Cloaks and Capes make a simple and servicable 18th century style winter garment. Fabric provided, an additional fee of $15 is required if a full cloak is to be sewn. Bring your own sewing machines if you prefer.
March 21: Fraktur Join tweens and teens from the Ephrata Public Library as you make your own Fraktur inspired by the 18th century art of the Ephrata community. This program is FREE. Other Making History Workshops require an additional fee.
April 18: Spinning Learn the art of spinning with spinning wheels and drop spindles as 18th century Colonists once did with wool. An additional fee applies to take home a drop spindle kit.
May 16: William Woys Weaver: PA German Kitchen Gardens & Heirloom Seeds


Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Drop off Friday March 27 between 3pm-5pm;
Pick up & Family Tours/Activities Saturday March 28 at 10am

$6 for one adult and one child; $3 for each additional child.
Free for ECA Members at the Family Membership level or with an Ephrata Public Library Museum Pass
Download a registration form or call/email us!, 717-733-6600

Bring your stuffed animal or doll for a "Stuffed Animal Sleepover"! Drop them off Friday afternoon and pick them up at 10am Saturday morning and join in various activities that the animals engaged in overnight. Find out what they did at the Cloister! Meet Sisters, Brothers, a Schoolmaster, Printer, Physician, and other historical Ephrata figures in a family tour of the Ephrata Cloister. Receive a certificate of participation and photographs that document your animal's experience. Perhaps your favorite bear met Conrad Beissel or Sister Zenobia! A parent or guardian must accompany children.


Community Days at the Ephrata Public Library
Wednesday April 1, 4:30pm-6pm
Free! Age groups: Elementary Students and Families
Location: Ephrata Public Library
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Experience hands on historical activities once part of the 18th century life at the Ephrata Cloister at the Ephrata Public Library!


Landscapes at the Historic Ephrata Cloister
Monday, April 6, 3:30pm
Free! Ages 10-18
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Bring your own art supplies to the Cloister and make your own landscape art inspired by the landscape of the site! A limited amount of art supplies provided.


Scherenschnitte Paper Cutting
Thursday, April 9, 4:00pm
Free! Ages 10-12 Tweens
Location: Ephrata Public Library
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Co-taught by our Student Historian teens, learn the German art of paper cutting at the Ephrata Public Library.


Evening Conversations

Join us in thematic tours, special lectures, and concerts at dusk or under the stars! Free; donations welcome.

Our Evening Conversation schedule is:
April 9 Introduction to Genealogy with Mike Emery, Museum Educator from the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum.
April 23 Shoes and Shoemaking with craftsman Marc Benedict
June 4 Pennsylvania German Women with Dr. Patricia Gibble


Be an Illustrator: Roswell Weidner, Charcoal Drawings
Monday, April 13, 2015; 2:30 & 4pm
Free! Ages 8-13
Location: Ephrata Public Library
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Inspired by the charcoal drawings of the Ephrata Cloister by artist Roswell Weidner, create your own charcoal landscapes!

Ephrata Cloister
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600