Emmaus Historical Society

Upcoming Events

Special Web Display inspired by Richard Strouse who was a dedicated member of the Society for many Years.

Richard worked for years at EFM and inspired North East PA Crossroads to include photos of all of EFM’s Trivets.  We dedicate the display in memory of Richard ‘Dick’ Strouse.

Click on the Trivet         to go to the NEPA Crossroads web page.

Index Capital Fund History Research Membership Business Links

Our Membership meetings are held the third Wednesday of each  month at 7:00 PM (except January, July and August) at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5th and Chestnut Street, Emmaus.

Volunteers Needed!

Contact the Society if you’e willing to help out in any of the following areas.  Thank You


  Museum Greeters/Docents – generally Saturdays from 12 to 4 and Sundays from 10 to 2

  Fund Raising for both Capital Campaign and General Funding (ideas, event planning, soliciting)

  Maintenance and Cleaning the building and property (inside and out)

  Collections Committee – examine and catalog items donated to the Museum

  Museum Displays and Exhibits – set up and take down of changing Museum displays  

  Publicity and Mailings – ideas for Newsletters, Flyers and Posters. Assist with bulk mailings

  Office Administration and Data Entry – record keeping, filing and updating data

  Food Committee – help with baking, serving or cleaning up at Programs and Events

  Event Booth – assist with set up and take down or “manning” the booth to provide Society info

For Holiday Events!


Friday, December 2, 2016, 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM - "First Friday in December in Emmaus".  Visit the museum and enjoy Emmaus Moravian Church carolers, refreshments and Christmas displays, including our recently expanded train putz and trolley.  Trees are decorated with antique and homemade ornaments, all under the watchful eyes of Santa and Mrs. Claus in their attire from the 1940's and 1950's.  


Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM - "Old Fashioned Christmas Open House".  Make sure you visit the museum during "Old Fashioned Christmas" in Emmaus.  Children are invited to make ornaments to decorate the Children's Christmas tree on the Triangle.  Members from Emmaus Moravian Church will demonstrate Moravian candle making.


Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:00 PM to 3 PM - "Walking Tour of Emmaus".  Emmaus Moravian Church is partnering with Emmaus Historical Society to visit the 12 historical sites that tell the story of the earliest days of Emmaus.  The tour is free, but registration is requested.  Please call the museum at 610-966-6591 by December 1st to register.


Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM - "Santa & Mrs. Claus Visit the Museum".  Do you remember when the children of Emaus and Emmaus would go to Town Hall or the Firehouse for an orange and a box of chocolates?  We will replicate this tradition when Santa and Mrs. Claus are at the museum with a goody bag of fruit and candy for all our visitors (young and the young at heart!).  Bring your children and grandchildren to experience what once was!


Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 6:00 PM - "Covered Dish Christmas Party".  NOTE:  This date is changed to a week earlier.  Join us at St. John's Lutheran Church Parish Hall for a covered dish dinner, raffle and Christmas music. Please call the museum at 610-966-6591 if you plan to attend.


'Tis the season for fun displays and exhibits!  In addition to Christmas displays at the museum, visit our showcase at the Emmaus Public Library, featuring vintage Christmas cards from the 1940's and 1950's, along with unique Christmas decor.  You will be able to enjoy the Christmas displays at the museum and library until the end of January.


Looking Ahead... It's "Winter Wonderland" in the museum during the month of February with winter scene displays and historic vintage photos of Emmaus blizzards.  We will participate in the SnowBlast Winter Arts Festival sponsored by the Emmaus Arts Commission on February 3rd and 4th.  Watch and follow us for more details.  


Holiday Closings - The museum will be closed Thanksgiving weekend November 26 & 27, Christmas weekend December 24 & 25 and New Year's weekend December 31 & January 1st.