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Community School Day

Date(s): 05/17/2024
Time: 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Community School Day Educational Program

May 17th from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

In the colonial days, Historic Ephrata Cloister was THE town of Ephrata.  Like any small village, it had craftsmen who wove cloth, baked bread, and built houses.  Ephrata also featured a Printing Office to produce books and a doctor to care for the sick.  These and other 18th-century activities come to life as part of Community School Day, an interactive educational program scheduled for May 17, 2024 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. 

This program offers at least a dozen different stations around the historic site, each stop offering a 10- to 15-minute look at things such as lighting, clothing, and writing in the 1700s community.  Students will be free to travel in small groups with chaperones in any order to the areas of their interest.  A visit to the Bakery will show that bread did not always come in plastic wrappers, and the carpenter can explain that that not all roof shingles are made the same.  A visit to doctor may make you glad for modern medicine, or a visit to the schoolhouse will show you how to write on stone! 

Reservations are required.  Please contact Ephrata Cloister to learn more by phone at 717-733-6600 or by email at 

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 June Hours of Operation: OPEN 9am - 4pm Wednesday through Saturday & OPEN 12pm - 4pm Sunday. CLOSED Monday and Tuesday