Winter History Class

Event Location

Ephrata Cloister

632 West Main Street

Ephrata, PA 17522


  • $45-55


  • 28 Mar
  • thru
  • 28 Mar

If winter winds start to blow, the Historic Ephrata Cloister offers an enjoyable escape on Thursday mornings, offering time for fellowship and learning at the annual Winter History Class beginning on January 31st. This nine-week lecture series explores many parts of the region’s history along with a look at some Ephrata Cloister stories. Among the topics on the schedule, we’ll learn a new way to look at the Pennsylvania German art of Fraktur, learn ways to care for old photographs, and investigate the close of the German Seventh Day Baptist Church at the Cloister in 1934. Dr. Leroy Hopkins will provide information on Lancaster County’s African American heritage, and Dr. Christopher Herbert will return to share new insight into Ephrata’s music. In cooperation with the Ephrata Public Library, the two institutions have been awarded a grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to spend one day’s class on the Revolutionary War, with a focus on the region, as part of the “Revisiting the Founding Era” initiative. Hot coffee and homemade treats round out each morning. Tuition for the full Class series is $45 for Ephrata Cloister Associates members, $55 for those not yet members. Guests are welcome to join the class for a single day the cost of $10.00. For more information about Winter History Class, along with a complete listing of topics, please contact the Historic Ephrata Cloister at (717)733-6600 on check out the website at

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