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Virtual Field Trip

Date(s): 04/08/2021
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

In the morning we will explore the Harmonist Society, one of the oldest and most successful religious communal groups of the nineteenth century. The Society sought to create a utopia inhabited by German Lutheran separatists who subscribed to the mystical religious teachings of their leader, George Rapp. We’ll begin with an introduction by leading scholar Dr. Donald Pitzer, followed by visits to the three towns established by the Society: Harmony, PA; New Harmony, Indiana; and Economy, PA.
The afternoon will include a visit to Zoar, Ohio, hosted by historian Kathleen Fernandez. Zoar was established in 1817 by German Separatists seeking escape from religious persecution in their
Tickets for this virtual trip are $20 per screen. Please note: If you are registered for the History Class series, the cost of the field trip is included in the History Class registration.
Tickets can be purchased HERE
A Zoom link to join the trip will be emailed to you the week of April 5th. A link to the recording will be available to those who have purchased a ticket but are not able to attend the “live” field trip. Simply email us at if you will be unable to watch the live event. 

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