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Here are some coloring pages from Brother Obed’s Coloring Book. We’d love to see the finished pictures, which you can email to

Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10


The Brothers and Sisters at Ephrata Cloister were known for their German calligraphic art of Frakturschriften, often times shortened to the word Fraktur. This is considered the first of this folk art produced in America. In our collection we have a pattern book called The Christian ABC. Below is a template with a copied border that you can use to design your own alphabet letter, or feel free to design your own border as well as the letter. Take a photo and send it to us at and we’ll put together a virtual exhibit of your artwork.

Design your own Fraktur


On exhibit in our gallery is a Spiritual Labyrinth drawn by the Ephrata Brothers or Sisters. A Labyrinth is another word for a maze. While the one on exhibit is a lot more complex than the one below, print this and see if you can find your way to the City on the Hill in the center. Take a photo and show us your completed maze!

Spiritual Labyrinth

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 April Open Hours: CLOSED Monday and Tuesday, OPEN 9am - 4pm Wednesday through Saturday, and OPEN 12pm - 4pm Sunday.