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The Great Comet is Coming! Do You Have Your Tickets to See it?

The Lantern Tours and our student historians have received a lot of buzz lately! The cover of the Ephrata Review, a feature article in LNP (Lancaster Newspapers), and the Entertainment section of the Reading Eagle, have helped to spread the word about the great work that our students do each year and the reasons why the Lantern Tour program is such a cherished tradition in the Ephrata community. You will not want to miss this year's cast and production.

On Fridays, December 26 and January 2, and Saturdays, December 27 and January 3, discover what people thought when "The Great Comet" appeared in 1744. The original comet, which appeared late November in 1743 and remained in the sky until March of 1744, was thought by some people to have been a sign that the world was ending.  Great excitement about the comet spread throughout the Pennsylvania German communities, and a year later, the Brothers of Ephrata published a small booklet about the comet and its possible message.  A contemporary manuscript account of the Great Comet will also be on loan from the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum and available for visitors to view during the tours. 

Please note that advance reservations are required and can be made by calling 717-733-6600. Several tour times are already sold out or are close to selling out. Please call early to make sure that your desired time and date are still available. The best availability is currently the weekend of January 2 & 3.  Tours will depart the visitor center every thirty minutes from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors ages 65+, $7 for youth ages 6-11, $5 for children ages 3-5, and under the age of 3 are free. A discount is available for members. Thank you in advance for your support of the student historians and this year's Lanetern Tour program! 
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