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Ephrata Academy

Date(s): 08/13/2020
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

“We have submitted without reluctance:” Ephrata Cloister and the Revolutionary War

Presented by Michael Showalter

The winter of 1777-1778 was among the most difficult of times during the Revolutionary War. Washington had lost major battles that fall and had taken up winter quarters at Valley Forge. The sick and wounded from those battles took refuge in ‘winter’ hospitals, a half dozen of which were located in Lancaster County. At the Ephrata Cloister, the nearly two dozen residents assisted army doctors in caring for about 260 men in buildings that no longer survive. Discover the reasons why these hospitals were created, the challenges faced by the doctors, and what little remains to tell the stories of that winter in Lancaster County. 

This is a FREE program, but you must register. Click here to register. You will receive an email with a link to use to join the Zoom call. This program will be recorded and put on our YouTube page to view at your leisure. 

Missed the first Ephrata Academy presentation “Ephrata: A Town Like No Other” presented by Michael Showalter? Click here to watch the recording.

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