Ephrata Cloister Education Program Brings History to Students
In the colonial days, Historic Ephrata Cloister was the town of Ephrata. Like any small village, it had craftsmen who wove cloth, baked bread and built houses. Ephrata also featured a printing office to produce books and a doctor to care for the sick. These and other 18th-century activities come to life as part of Community Days, an interactive educational program offered on October 11. Advanced reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling the Ephrata Cloister at (717) 733-6600.
The hands-on program offers at least a dozen different stations around the historic site, each stop offering a 10- to 15-minute look at things such as lighting, clothing and writing in the 1700s community. Students will be free to travel in small groups with chaperones in any order to the areas of their interest. A visit to the bakery will show that bread did not always come in plastic wrappers, and the carpenter can explain that not all roof shingles are made the same. A visit to the doctor may make you glad for modern medicine, or a visit to the schoolhouse will show you how to write on stone.
Phone: (717) 733-6600
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
632 W. Main St.
Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522
$7 for students; $9 for adults