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Winter History Class                                                                                             January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 3, 10, 17, 31                                 9:00 a.m. to noon each day

Explore the history of the Ephrata Cloister with this series of special lectures and a field trip. Tuition for Winter History Class is $40 for members of the Ephrata Cloister Associates and the general public is invited to attend the classes for $50. Attend for just a day at $8.  


New Volunteer Orientation                                                                                      

Part 1:

Wednesday, February 10                                                                                             Saturday, February 13

Part 2:

Wednesday, February 17                                                                                             Saturday, February 20                                                                                                 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. each day    

From greeting guests at the entrance desk, to staffing The Museum Store, to leading visitors through the historic site, to tending the garden, volunteers are everywhere! Join the special family of people who share the treasures of the Cloister with guests from around the world. These two part sessions (pick one morning of each part) will get you ready to keep your mind and body active while you meet new friends. Please call in advance to register. The only fee is your energy and time.


Charter Day
Sunday, March 13
Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate the birthday of Ephrata's founder, Conrad Beissel and the Commonwealth with FREE ADMISSION to the Historic Ephrata Cloister. As a special feature of the day, the Ephrata Cloister Chorus will perform in the Saal (Meetinghouse) at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m.


Community Days School Program
Friday, April 29
Friday, May 20

Tuition: $6 for students, one adult admitted free for every 10 students   Additional adults pay $9 each
No member discounts are offered
Library Passes are not honored for this program
Homeschool Families, Public and Private Schools Welcome

Explore the activities that made the community of Ephrata. This open-house features stations throughout the historic site. Travel at your own pace from station to station in any order in an open-house format that bring 18th century Ephrata to life.


Evening Conversations
Thursday, April 14, 28; May 12, 26; June 9, 23
7:00 p.m. each evening

Enjoy a visit with scholars as they present research about local history and culture. Each night presents a different topic. Details about specific programs will be announced. Guests are welcome to pay what they wish to support


Ephrata Cloister Chorus Concerts

Saturday, April 10  
3:00 p.m.
Bethany United Church of Christ, Ephrata

Enjoy the sounds of music from America's past as the Ephrata Cloister Chrous presents music composed at the Historic Ephrata Cloister, selections from other early communities, and a special classical work included in the program. Suggested donation of $10 per person.

Sunday, May 22                                                                                                           4:00 p.m.                                                                                                                 Historic Ephrata Cloister, Saal

Discover the music of Ephrata where it was first performed. Admission to the program, including a tour of museum at 2:30 is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for youth age 6-17, $5 for children age 3-5, under age 3 is free. Discount for Ephrata Cloister and Heritage Society members.


Mother's Day Tea
Sunday, May 8
2:00 p.m.

Bring the whole family and treat your mother to tea and sweets while you discover the world of colonial mothers in the Ephrata neighborhood. Admission is $20 per person, children age 3 to 12, $10.


2016 Gala May 14, 2016
Meet Us At The Cloister: An Event To Experience
Bear Mill Estate, Denver

A gala to support the Ephrata Cloister Associates


Father's Day
Sunday, June 19

Free admission for fathers today!


Ephrata Cloister
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600