The Ephrata Cloister offers events
throughout the year the whole family can enjoy, from
children to adults!
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Winter History Class
January 30 through March 27, 2014
9:00am to noon, Thursday mornings
A great roster of speakers join us weekly on Thursday mornings January 30, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 27 to share their great knowledge with you about Ephrata's history and PA German culture. This year we'll be learning about Ben Franklin, Gottlieb Mittelberger, the letters from former Brother Israel Eckerlin, the German Seventh Day Baptist Church in Salemville, Gardens, and Ephrata's hymns! For a weekly schedule and registration information visit www.ephratacloister.org/winterhistoryclass
Making History Workshops
February 8, February 22, March 22, April 26, May 24
10:00am to noon
Craft your own piece of history in these hands-on workshops. These introductory workshops will provide a lesson in history and tradition along with hands on art opportunities to explore the past. Tuition is $10 per workshop for members of the Ephrata Cloister Associates, $15 for non members.
February 8: Fraktur learn the history of this special Pennsylvania German art form, discover Ephrata's unique style and go home with your own Ephrata inspired creation.
February 22: Colonial Medicine This workshop will explore the ideas of health in colonial Pennsylvania and give you a sample of a spring tonic and some sweet smelling cures.
March 22: Spring Planting Early spring is the time to plan your garden so consider historic seeds and plants that will bring color to your world with sprigs and seeds.
April 26: Fraktur Cards This FREE workshop is taught by our teen Student Historians, the young volunteers at the museum. On this day you'll learn about Fraktur, the history of charity of the Ephrata Cloister, and lend your skills to creating a card for a person in the military service overseas.
May 24: Clay Tiles Pennsylvania German potters have been known for centuries for their creative works of redware pottery. Now is your chance to get your hands dirty while making a simple red clay tile and discover the heritage of redware.
February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14
10:00am to 11:00am
Bring your preschooler and join us for a different story each month followed by a craft or activity related to the story. From ABCs, colonial inspired nursery rhymes, gardens, to other themes and images of the history of the Ephrata Cloister, we'll cover a wide range of topics and activities! A parent or guardian must accompany children. $6 for one adult and one child (3-5 years); $3 for each additional child. FREE for Ephrata Cloister Associate members at the Family Membership level.
Sunday, March 9
Noon to 5:00pm; Reception for new Choral Director Martin Hinkley beginning at 4:30pm.
Celebrate the birth of Pennsylvania with FREE ADMISSION to the Historic Ephrata Cloister. In 1681 William Penn was granted a charter for a piece of land in the New World. Historic Ephrata Cloister is an outstanding example of the religious toleration Penn offered in this New World haven. As a special feature of the day, the Ephrata Cloister will perform in the Saal (meetinghouse) at 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm.
Stuffed Animal Sleepover
March 28, 29
Drop off Friday March 28 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm; Pick up & family activities Saturday at 10:00am to Noon
Bring your stuffed animal or doll for a stuffed animal sleepover. Drop them off Friday afternoon between 3:00pm and 5:00pm. Pick them up Saturday from 10am to noon and join in all the activities the animals participated in overnight. Find out what they did at the Cloister! Meet sisters, brothers, a schoolmaster, Printer, Physician and other historical Ephrata Cloister figures. Perhaps your favorite bear met Conrad Beissel or Sister Zenobia! A parent or guardian must accompany children. $6 for one adult and one child (3-5 years) $3 for each additional child. FREE for Ephrata Cloister Associate members at the Family Membership level.For registration information and more details visit our Stuffed Animal Sleepover page.
Community Days School Program
Friday April 25, May 16
9:30am to 1:00pm
Students can explore actvities that made the historic community of Ephrata. Write with a quill pen, build a chair, and discover why the doctors of old were not hte first place to seek medical help. This open-house day features stations with 15 minute presentations. Travel at your own pace from station to station in any order. Tuition: $6.00 for students, one adult admitted free with every ten students, additional adults pay $9 each. No member discounts are offered. Reservations strongly encouraged.
Saturday April 12
1:00pm to 4:00pm
The whole familiy can join in the search for clues to Ephrata's past and follow the trail to the final prize. Who will get to the end first- children or grown ups? Children age 11 and under are just $1 and grown ups are $10 or $9 if you're over 65. Members of the Ephrata Cloister Associates and Pennsylvania Heritage Society free.
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Treat mother to an afternoon tea with mother's from Ephrata's past. Mrs. Fahnestock might have had some advice for raising children and Mother Maria certainly knows how to keep order in the house. Imagine the great conversations to be had over refreshments. Workshop fee $10.00 for a mother/daughter pair, $3 for each additional child.
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Householder fathers traditionally taught their sons new skills. Inspired by the printing and papermaking trades of the Bauman family in early 1800s Ephrata, as well as the Brothers' talents in printing and carpentry, we invite fathers and sons to explore activities together in this special hands on workshop. Workshop fee $10.00 for a mother/daughter pair, $3 for each additional child.
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600