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  • Ephrata Cloister


Get Involved

Our warm and friendly spirit at the Ephrata Cloister began with the charity and welcoming efforts of the 18th century Sisters, Brothers, and Householder community members. It continues today where their history lives on because of our volunteers.

We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities:

  • Tour Guide
  • Museum Store Assistant
  • School Program & Historic Demonstrators
  • Visitor Services / Front Desk Associate
  • Chorus Member
  • Landscape/Gardeners (Check out the Butterfly Garden
  • Special Events Assistants including Event Rental and Wedding Assistants
  • Library & Collection Volunteers

To learn more about volunteering at the Historic Ephrata Cloister contact us at 717-733-6600 or For inquiries into our internship program, please direct correspondence to Michael Showalter.


Teens are encouraged to join our Student Historian program, an after school program that teaches interpretive skills, engages creative practices in arts, history, and theater, and assists with special events year round. Teens 14 through age 18 are permitted to enroll for a $15 annual membership fee. For more, contact Michael Showalter,

Corporate and Non-Profit Organizations

Corporate and Non-Profit Organizations are welcome to contact us. We provide opportunities for corporate volunteer teams, return to work programs, and serve as a work site for adults with special needs. Please contact Michael Showalter at

Volunteer of the Year

Julia Murphy of Ephrata received the Volunteer of the Year Award for 2019 from the Historic Ephrata Cloister and the Ephrata Cloister Associates. Julia’s work over the past two years exemplifies the best of two roles filled by volunteers at the historic site: one in front of the public, and the second behind the scenes. Julia’s talents at spinning and textile production have made her a favorite part of the school program “Community Days,” where she invites children to discover a once common activity in every home as she turns fibers into thread behind her spinning wheel. When not at work in the museum’s Weaver’s House, Julia has spent countless hours converting the historic site’s 35mm slides and print photographs into a digital resource by scanning the images into the computer.  She’s managed to capture nearly 1500 images, only a few at a time, making the scenes part of a computer database for the site. Julia is just one of several volunteers who share their talents and time to preserve the place where Ephrata began.  Volunteers play many different roles at the historic site, and new volunteers are always welcome to join the work to keep history alive.  Please contact the Historic Ephrata Cloister to lean more about the many important roles volunteers play at the historic site.

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.