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Virtual Food Preservation

Date(s): 11/10/2022
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Virtual Ephrata Academy: Preserving the Harvest

At this time of year, the early settlers of Pennsylvania were gathering their crops and preparing for winter. Their actions were as natural to them as the changing of the seasons. On Thursday, November 10 the Historic Ephrata Cloister presents the next installment of the Virtual Ephrata Academy with a program entitled “Preserving the Harvest” presented by Susan Plaisted of Heart to Hearth Cookery. The program will offer a look at colonial preservation practices including drying, potting, and the broad definition of “pickle.”

The free program is offered as part of The Virtual Ephrata Academy presented on Zoom. Advance registration is required and can be made at

Susan Plaisted offers demonstrations of 17th century through 19th century Colonial American, European, and Native American cooking methods, practices, and foodways. She offers programs at many historic sites and museums in the Delaware Valley region and beyond. She is a founding member the Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley, a member of Culinary Historians of New York, and Culinary Historians of Washington, D. C. She is also a Board-Certified Pediatric Dietitian.

The Virtual Ephrata Academy program is presented on the second Thursday of each month except, December, by the Historic Ephrata Cloister.

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