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Ephrata Academy

Date(s): 09/10/2020
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A Comparison of the Ephrata Community and the Shakers

Presented by Lydia Jones

The Shakers are probably the most famous religious communal group, known for their lifestyle, music, and furniture. Founded before the Shakers, the Ephrata Cloister members also lived an ascetic life and produced works of music and art. Religiously, these groups shared some similarities, primarily their belief in divine inspiration and an androgynous God. Because God was both male and female, women were considered important to the groups, though neither group gave complete earthly equality. Some Shakers did get involved in secular matters including the women’s suffrage movement.

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. Past programs are also available to view on our YouTube page. 

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