The Ephrata Cloister offers events throughout the year the whole family can enjoy, from children to adults!  Contact us for additional information!; 717-733-6600.

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Every second Wednesday of the month; also available upon request; upcoming: January 14; February 11; March 11
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- this includes general admission fees! FREE for Ephrata Cloister Associate members at the Family Membership level. FREE if you show a Museum Pass from the Lancaster County Library System the day of the program.


The Great Comet Lantern Tours 2014
Fridays and Saturdays December 26, 27, January 2, 3

These special tours will take you back in time to visit the Cloister as it may have appeared in the year 1743 the year of the Great Comet! Each year offers a new story with a cast of Junior and Senior High School teens, our very own Student Historians! Reservations can be made by calling the visitor center beginning December 1, 2014. $10 adults, $9 seniors ages 65+, $7 youth ages 6-11, $5 for ages 3-5, under the age of 3, free. Discount for members.


Young Curators of Our Community
January 24, 2015
1-3pm. $6 for one child and one parent. $3 for each additional participant.
Pre-Registration by January 17, 2015
Recommended grade/student levels: PreK-Grade 8
Free for ECA Family Members and Ephrata Public Library Museum Pass holders at time of registration.

Eventbrite - Young Curators of our Community

Do you like to collect things like rocks, shells, toys, badges, etc.? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to create your own display to show off what you like to collect? Meet our curator and education staff! Learn from our staff the basics for exhibiting a collection and share it with visitors to the Ephrata Cloister! We'll share with you ideas, formats, and tips on exhibiting and maintaining your collection!

Bring your own questions about what it's like to work in a museum! Each participating child will receive a prize related to the field of the collection and/or child's interests. At least one parent or guardian must accompany his/her child. A table, chairs, and an assortment of labeling supplies plus instruction will be provided to you. The Ephrata Cloister is not responsible for missing, stolen, or damaged artifacts in your collection throughout the duration of the event.


Winter History Class 2015
Thursdays starting January 22 through March 19
9:00am to Noon each day
$40 one time fee for members; $50 non-members; $8 for individual weekly sessions
Light Refreshments provided

Winter History Class brings scholars, volunteers, staff, and members of the public together to explore the history of Historic Ephrata Cloister, the wider PA German world, local and early PA history! A day long field trip at an additional cost finishes the program at the end of March.

Eventbrite - Winter History Class 2015

Our 2015 Schedule is:
January 22: Introductions of Ephrata's history with Michael Showalter; Origins of Ephrata's Theology with Nick Siegert
January 29: Johannes Hildebrand, Cloister member, Dr. Jeff Bach, Director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies
February 5: An Overview of the Amish with Edsel Burdge, Research Associate, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies; Post Card History and Ephrata Post Cards with Kerry Mohn
February 12: Oral History Interviews with Dan Kachel and Marie Bucher, last members of the Ephrata German Seventh Day Baptist Church, Michael Showalter
February 19: 18th Century Ephrata Cloister Neighbors and Christopher Beeler and the Ghosts with Michael Showalter
February 26: Placards of Pietism: Ephrata's Wallcharts with Rebecca Lawrence and Michael Showalter; Ladder Back Chairs with David Hoffmann, craftsman
March 5: PA German Kitchen Gardens and 18th Century Squash with William Woys Weaver;
March 12: Homes of Iron Masters with Earle Henderson and William Coleman, Estate Owners; Archaeology at the Alexander Schaeffer Farm with Dr Patricia Gibble, Archaeologist
March 19: The Sisters' Other House with Nick Siegert; Dangerous Guests: Enemy Captives and Revolutionary Communities during the War for Independence with Dr Ken Miller, Washington College.
March 26: FIELD TRIP


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