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Winter History Class
Thursday mornings, January 25 through March 29
9:00 a.m.—noon
 
Explore the history of the Ephrata Cloister with this series of special lectures, workshops,
and a field trip. Tuition charged, discount for Ephrata Cloister Associate members.


PA shieldCharter Day 

March 11
Noon—5:00 p.m.
 
Celebrate the founding of Pennsylvania at the Ephrata Cloister, an example of
America’s heritage of religious freedom. Admission is FREE. The Ephrata Cloister
Chorus will perform in the Saal at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m.


Community Days
 
April 27
9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
 
Discover some of the activities that kept Cloister members busy during this special hands-on educational program. Stations throughout the site present a variety of activities such as colonial clothing, printing, and the life of Ephrata’s early residents. Advance registration strongly encouraged. Admission charged.

Second Sunday Series
MAY 13
Noon-5:00 p.m.

Mother’s Day—All Mothers will receive FREE admission to the Ephrata Cloister. Learn about
a different kind of “mother”—Mother Maria, the leader of Ephrata’s Sisterhood in the mid-
1700s. Admission charged, except for mothers, of course!

Community Days 
May 25
9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
 
Discover some of the activities that kept Cloister members busy during this special hands-on educational program. Stations throughout the site present a variety of activities such as colonial clothing, printing, and the life of Ephrata’s early residents. Advance registration strongly encouraged. Admission charged.


Spring Concert  
May 18 and 20
Friday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 4:00 p.m.
 
The Ephrata Cloister Chorus presents music from the Ephrata Cloister, early America, and a special classical selection. The concert is held at two locations: Friday at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 47 West Main Street, Mount Joy and Sunday at Akron Church of the Brethren, 613 Main Street, Akron. Donations collected.

* Second Sunday Series
JUNE 10
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Meet Dr. Scott, doctor at Ephrata’s Revolutionary War hospital. Learn how the activities
in the winter of 1777 affected the members of the Cloister. Admission charged.

Building History
Making & Saving Historic Architecture
June 16 & 17
10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Experience Pennsylvania German Heritage from the Ground up! Ephrata Cloister’s architecture, heralded nationally for its significance to early American culture, forms the backdrop for this event. Discover the region’s distinctive and historic buildings and ways to help save the
past! The program includes: opportunities to explore original structures from the 1700s
demonstrations of traditional building techniques information about the benefits of historic preservation conversations with the people who can offer preservation help to the modern Old House owner. Activities for the Entire Family!


* Second Sunday Series
JULY 8
1:00-4:00 p.m.

In the late 1740s Ephrata’s Brotherhood printed the Martyrs’ Mirror, the largest book printed
in America before the Revolutionary War. Learn about the volume’s special significance
and a fascinating history. Admission charged.

* Second Sunday Series
AUGUST 12
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Come and taste the unique flavors of the Cloister fresh out of the kitchen! Learn what
food was available in the 18th-century and how it was prepared. Admission charged.

* Second Sunday Series
SEPTEMBER 9
1:00-4:30 p.m.

Visit a seldom seen part of the past with a tour of the upper levels of the 1743 Sisters’ House.
These areas remain largely un-restored and appear much as they did when the site was
acquired by the Commonwealth in 1941. Tours are limited in size and advance registration is
strongly suggested. Admission charged.

basket of applesApple Dumpling Day
October 6
beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Enjoy a tasty treat: a warm apple with cinnamon and sugar wrapped in a flaky crust. Funds raised at this event are used exclusively to help purchase original artifacts made at the Ephrata Cloister.

 

* Second Sunday Series
October 13 (Saturday)
6:00-9:00 p.m.
October 14 (Sunday)
2:00-5:00 p.m.

Discover Ephrata’s musical heritage with a special program that combines a first-person style
tour with music performed by members of the Ephrata Cloister Chorus in several locations on
the historic site. This special anniversary event will be offered by candlelight on Saturday
evening in addition to Sunday. Tours are limited in size and advance registration is strongly suggested. Admission charged.

Community Days 
October 26
9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
 
Discover some of the activities that kept Cloister members busy during this special hands-on educational program. Stations throughout the site present a variety of activities such as colonial clothing, printing, and the life of Ephrata’s early residents. Advance registration strongly encouraged. Admission charged.


angelChristmas at the Cloister
 
December 10 and 11
6:30, 7:45 and 9:00 p.m.

Spend a few moments in quiet reflection with seasonal readings and holiday music in the historic Saal. Seating is limited and advance tickets are required. Tickets are available to members of the Ephrata Cloister Associates in the Museum Store beginning November 1, 2007 or by mail with a post mark dated on or after November 1, 2007. Tickets are available for the general public in the Museum Store on November 8, 2007 or by mail with a post mark dated on or after November 8, 2007. Mail requests for tickets must include a first and second choice of program day and time, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope, a daytime contact phone number and $4.00 for each ticket. Tickets for the 9:00 p.m. programs are FREE. Checks can be mailed and made payable to:
Ephrata Cloister Associates,
Christmas at the Cloister tickets,
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522.
Requests will be filled in the order they are received. NO exchanges or refunds will be made.


lantern
Lantern Tours
 
December 27, 28, 29, 30
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 
Tours begin every half hour These special tours will take you back in time to visit the Cloister as it may have appeared in the 1700s. Each year offers a new story with a cast
of junior and senior high school students playing the roles that bring history to life. Reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling the Visitor Center beginning December 1, 2007. Admission charged.

* Second Sunday Series
Explore Ephrata’s history with this special series of Sunday afternoon programs. Admission is free for Ephrata Cloister Associates members.



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