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  • Ephrata Cloister


Winter History Class

Date(s): 03/01/2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Thursday mornings, January 25-March 22
9:00 to noon each day
Tuition: $45.00 for members of Ephrata Cloister Associates
$55.00 for those not yet members
$10.00 for a single day

Two presentations are offered each morning with a break mid-morning.

January 25

  •  Lancaster County’s Anabaptist Groups: Roots and Branches
                      Dr. Steven Nolt, Young Center, Elizabethtown College
  •  Details of the Winter History Class program and Questions About Ephrata Cloister History

February 1

  • Voices in the Wilderness: An Examination of the Music Manuscripts, Music Theory, Compositions, and (Female) Composers of Ephrata.
               Chris Herbert, Julliard Doctoral Candidate
  • A Journey through Ephrata’s Printed Hymnals
                   Dr. Jeff Bach, Young Center, Elizabethtown College

February 8

  •  “A Friendly Face & Friendly Manners”: Peter Miller of Ephrata
               Michael Showalter, Museum Educator, Ephrata Cloister
  •   “A Box of Sundries”: Practical Little Things at Ephrata Cloister
               Michael Showalter

February 15

  • The Making of Museum Makers: The Landis Brothers of Lancaster County
               Dr. Bruce Bomberger, Curator of Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
  • Artist Henry Rankin Poore and His Ephrata Works
               Kerry Mohn, Curator, Ephrata Cloister

February 22

  • Lancaster County’s Old Order Communities Today 
              Dr. Steven Nolt, Young Center, Elizabethtown College
  • The German Bible in America
               Patrick Donmoyer, Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center

March 1

  • Pennsylvania German Gravestones – a Closer Examination of Northern Lancaster County
              Michael Emery, Museum Educator, Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
  • The Keim Family and Their Home in the Oley Valley
               Jim Lewars, Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County

March  8  

  • Native Americans in Early Lancaster County
                Darvin Martin, independent scholar
  • Böhme For Dummies: An Introduction to the Philosophical System of Jacob Böhme    
                Nick Siegert, Guide Supervisor, Ephrata Cloister

March 15  

  • The German Reformed Church in early Pennsylvania 
                 Dr. Lee Barret, Lancaster Seminary
  • European Music of 17th and 18th Centuries
                  Dr. David McConnell, Penn State Berks

March 22   

  • Rural Pennsylvania German Consumers and Producers in the 19th Century
               Dr. Diane Wenger, Wilkes University
  • The Way to Conestoga:  Early Routes of the First Mennonites in Lancaster County   
               Dr. David R. Johnson, independent scholar



Ephrata Cloister

Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission:
Tom Wolf, Governor – Nancy Moses, 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.