The Ephrata Cloister offers events throughout the year the whole family can enjoy, from children to adults!  Contact us for additional information! Ephrata1732@gmail.com; 717-733-6600.

For specials and coupon offers please visit: http://www.360lancaster.com/Attractions/EphrataCloister.html

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Join us in thematic tours, special lectures, and concerts at dusk or under the stars Thursday evenings at 7pm. Free; donations welcome.

Our Evening Conversation schedule is:
April 9, 7pm Introduction to Genealogy with Mike Emery, Museum Educator from the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum.
April 23, 7pm Shoes and Shoemaking with craftsman Marc Benedict
May 7, 7pm Ephrata and the Early Mormon Church: Baptism for the Dead- Possible Connections and Similarities with Nick Siegert
May 21, 7pm Indentured Servants in Lancaster County Trevor Kase will explore this often overlooked group of early county residents and examine how they shaped the community.
June 4, 7pm Pennsylvania German Women with Dr. Patricia Gibble

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Student Art Exhibit Ephrata Public Library
May 15, 2015; 6:30-8pm; Exhibit continues through June 15, 2015
Location: Ephrata Public Library

Join us for the opening reception of the exhibit of student art work created by public, private, and homeschool students during our Ephrata Cloister & Ephrata Public Library partnership series. Refreshments served.

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Become a Master & Apprentice of Trades on Fathers' Day
Sunday, June 21 1pm-4pm $6 per child and accompanying adult; $3 for each additional participant; Free with an ECA Family Level Membership

Sign an 18th century style contract and learn what it might be like to be an apprentice in the bakery, carpenter's house and print shop. Demonstrators will offer you simple make and take activities for all ages of the family.

Eventbrite - Master & Apprenticeship Father's Day Family Program

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Colonial Summer Camp July 14-17, 2015
Ages 6-12 (age groups divided according to ages 6-8 & 9-12 during program)
9:30am-1pm
Snack break provided 11-11:30am daily
Pre-register by July 3, 2015
ECA Member rate: $100 per child; Non-member rate: $125 per child

Registration available through Eventbrite, in person at the Cloister, or by calling (717) 733-6600
Additional forms such as photo releases (optional), basic emergency information, and dietary concerns/restrictions will be distributed.

Experience hands on historical activities once part of the lives of the Colonial residents of Ephrata! Role play, arts, and crafts will be explored through individual and team projects Tuesday through Friday. Make paper lanterns, have a special music lesson, make paper, a small weaving project, and learn basic museum practices. Before and after care is not provided. Registration confirmation will be sent by mail or email once payment has been processed. If cancellation on your part is necessary, $25 of your processed registration for the weekly rate will be non-refundable. If the Ephrata Cloister cancels the summer camp program, your registration will be fully refundable.

Eventbrite - Colonial Summer Camp July 14-17

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Viewing the Immigrant Experience: Going Behind the Scenes in New York City
August 1, 2015
Departure from Ephrata Cloister parking lot 7:30am; Arrival back to Ephrata Cloister 11:30pm
$175 per person

Please join us for a very special bus trip and fundraiser to benefit the educational programs of the Historic Ephrata Cloister, the Ephrata Cloister Associates. The itinerary includes some rare opportunities and behind the scenes experiences in New York City that you will not want to miss including a private tour of the Tenement Museum with hors d'oeuvres! Tour goes will start off the day with a visit Battery Park City and travel from there to Ellis Island. Following the visit to Ellis Island, one will travel by bus to the High Line and experience a tour with one of the architects of the High Line, Jordan Rogove. The day will finish at the Tenement Museum! Please spread the word to friends and family members and consider joining us. You can register here or Call Andrea at (717) 733-6600 or email her at c-aglass@pa.gov.

Eventbrite - Viewing the Immigrant Experience: Going Behind the Scenes in New York City

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Colonial Summer Camp August 11-14, 2015
Ages 6-12 (age groups divided according to ages 6-8 & 9-12 during program)
9:30am-1pm
Snack break provided 11-11:30am daily
Pre-register by July 31, 2015
ECA Member rate: $100 per child; Non-member rate: $125 per child

Registration available through Eventbrite, in person at the Cloister, or by calling (717) 733-6600
Additional forms such as photo releases (optional), basic emergency information, and dietary concerns/restrictions will be distributed.

Experience hands on historical activities once part of the lives of the Colonial residents of Ephrata! Role play, arts, and crafts will be explored through individual and team projects Tuesday through Friday. Make paper lanterns, have a special music lesson, make paper, a small weaving project, and learn basic museum practices. Before and after care is not provided. Registration confirmation will be sent by mail or email once payment has been processed. If cancellation on your part is necessary, $25 of your processed registration for the weekly rate will be non-refundable. If the Ephrata Cloister cancels the summer camp program, your registration will be fully refundable.

Eventbrite - Colonial Summer Camp August 11-14

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Founder's Day
Saturday September 12, 2015
10:00am to 4:00pm

Founders Day offers special reduced admission to the site with demonstrators and a special opportunity to go behind the scenes upstairs in the Sister's House! General site admission is $1 for everyone age 3 and above. Children under 2 are free. Tours of the upper levels of the Sisters' House not normally open to the public are available at an additional $12/per person. Members are free to enter the site and receive a $2 discount on the upstairs tours of the Saron.

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Artisans Faire and Antique Car Show
Saturday September 19, 2015
10:00am to 3:00pm

Mark your calendars and get your tickets now for the 3rd Annual Artisans Faire at the Historic Ephrata Cloister. Visitors will be able to see and purchase examples of traditional Pennsylvania German Folk Arts and Crafts, such as Fraktur and Scherenschnitte, as well as engage with artisans demonstrating weaving, pottery, wood carving, metal work, and furniture making. If you are an artisan, a food vendor, or a car collector, please contact us at (717) 733-6600 for an application and more information on how you can participate in this community favorite!

Eventbrite - Artisans Faire and Car Show

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Sunday Conversation Series

Join us in thematic tours, special lectures, and concerts Sunday afternoons from 3-4pm this fall season! Admission: included with paid general admission to site. ECA members receive complimentary admission.

Our Sunday Conversation schedule is:
September 20 3-4pm Early Pennsylvania Iron and the Legacy of Cornwall with Steve Somers Director of the Historic Cornwall Iron Furnace and Susan Dieffenbach, volunteer of Cornwall Iron Furnace as they share the story of the commonwealth's early industrial history and bring to life Margaret Buckingham, the last owner of Cornwall Furnace.
October 18 3-4pm The 1737 Walking Purchase with Doug Miller, Director of Pennsbury Manor. Miller will share the story of how the Lenape lost nearly 1,200,000 acres of land to the Penn family in a land transaction that was still being argued in 2006.

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Ephrata Cloister
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600
Ephrata1732@gmail.com