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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 Guides
  • Museum Store Assistants
  • School Program & Historic Demonstrators
  • Visitor Services / Front Desk Associates
  • Chorus Members
  • Landscape/Gardeners (Check out the Butterfly Garden

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 Elizabeth Bertheaud.

Ephrata Cloister Student Historian Program for Teens

Teens are encouraged to join our Student Historian program, a weekly after school program that offers an introduction to 18th century history, trades, and crafts, along with teaching techniques in interpretation and public speaking. Student Historians participate in the site’s signature theatrical event, Lantern Tours, held each year in December during the Holidays.  Participants also have the opportunity to assist with special site events year-round.  The program is open to high school students ages 14 through 18.  For more information or for details on enrolling for the Fall 2024 – Spring 2025 term, contact Dan Roe, Museum Educator 2 at 

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 Elizabeth Bertheaud at

Volunteer of the Year 2024 – Sue Fisher



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 May Hours of Operation: OPEN 9am - 4pm Wednesday through Saturday & OPEN 12pm - 4pm Sunday. CLOSED Monday and Tuesday