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Lantern Tours

Date(s): 12/26/2020
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Jere Gish of WGAL News 8 will be lending his talents to the popular Lantern Tours at the Historic Ephrata Cloister this year. Lantern Tours has become a family favorite program during the holiday season, and a reimagined virtual format keeps the tradition alive with this year’s theme “Witness to History.” As always, the Lantern Tours feature high school volunteers who take on the roles of people from the past to bring history to life.  This program offers a news broadcast with modern reporters interviewing people connected to the Revolutionary War hospital at the Ephrata Cloister in 1777-1778. Jere Gish will anchor the historically inspired story while field reporters will interview members of the Ephrata Cloister, along with one of the Army doctors caring for the soldiers brought to Ephrata that winter, and an Ephrata neighbor bringing supplies to support the hospital. It’s possible some breaking news may also be captured in this special report.

Tickets for the virtual Lantern Tour program are $10 for each link and can be purchased HERE.    
On the night of the event, click on the “View Live Stream” link on the ticket email. And should you miss the premiere, everyone purchasing tickets will be provided with a link to this recording which will be available for viewing. 

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.