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  • Ephrata Cloister

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Ephrata Cloister Associates, founded in 1958, grew from the interest of local citizens and business leaders anxious to welcome guests to the town and share its heritage. Today, the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supports the administration of the Historic Ephrata Cloister by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Over 15,000 visitors from around the world annually enjoy exploring this National Historic Landmark. The Ephrata Cloister Associates helps to enhance visits to the historic site by providing Special Events, the Ephrata Cloister Chorus, Educational Programs, and The Museum Store.  The Back to the Cloister Fund, managed by the Ephrata Cloister Associates, helps to return original items to the museum.

Nearly 300 members join in the work to save and share this national treasure.

New board members are nominated by the Board Development Committee and elected by members at the Annual Meeting in November, with terms running for the following calendar year.

2023 Board of Directors

  • Sue Hacker Fisher, President
  • Chris E. Lausch Vice President and Acting Secretary
  • David Coughlan, Treasurer
  • Nancy Aronson
  • Doug Gehr
  • Madelyn Marks
  • Cindy Millinger
  • Kerry Shoff
  • Eric Martin Usner
  • Sheree Wolf

If you wish to contact a member of the Board of Directors, please email:

You can support the Historic Ephrata Cloister in a variety of ways:

  • Become a member of the Ephrata Cloister Associates. Click here to learn more about how to become a Member today.
  • We also offer a simple, easy way to support the Historic Ephrata Cloister by clicking on the Donate button below.


The official registration and financial information of the Ephrata Cloister Associates may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

Ephrata Cloister

Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission:
Josh Shapiro, Governor – Hayley Haldeman, Chair – Andrea Lowery, Executive Director

Ephrata Cloister is one of 26 historic sites and museums on the Pennsylvania Trail of History. For more information or to request a free 24-page visitor guide, visit or phone toll free 1-866-PATRAIL.

The Ephrata Cloister Associates is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, supporting the mission of preservation and education at this National Historic Landmark.

Anne Brossman Sweigart Charitable Foundation
Irene Weidman Charitable Foundation
Ephrata National Bank
Black Forest Brewery/Americana 1777 Inn
A Woman’s Club of Ephrata
The Historic Ephrata Cloister Summer Hours of Operation: OPEN 9am - 4pm Wed. through Sat. & OPEN 12pm - 4pm Sun. OPEN 9am-8pm Thurs. July 25th for Twilight Hours. CLOSED Monday and Tuesday.