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The mission of is to educate the public about the heritage and history of the people, places, and events that shaped our region, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the United States of America. We achieve this mission by actively collecting, preserving, interpreting, and making accessible materials representing Lancaster County's past and by preserving and sharing the home, life, and legacy of President James Buchanan.  We promote this heritage and history through a research library, changing exhibitions, public and,school programs, archival and artifact collections, the Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum, and Wheatland. 

Through your support as a member of, you play a significant role in the success of this mission.   You can join us by downloading and printing a copy of our Membership Form or by using our Online Membership Form and PayPal. 


Membership Benefits

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Annual Cost $50 $75 $125 $250 $500 $1000 $2500 $5000
  • Admission to President James Buchanan's Wheatland (4/1 - Thanksgiving)
  • Unlimited use of the historical society's research library
  • 10% Discount at the President's Bookstore and the Historian's Book Shop
  • Access to members only section at
  • Subscription to the Journal of Lancaster County's Historical Society
  • Subscription to The Historian award-winning newsletter
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  • Invitations to special events
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  • Complimentary Family membership to be given as a gift
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  • Private Tour of President James Buchanan's Wheatland for you and a guest
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  • Private Tour of President James Buchanan's Wheatland for you and 5 guests
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  • Invitation to be a guest of James Buchanan for a "Presidential Evening"
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  • A portion of your membership fee will go toward acquisitions

Our Blogs

The History Bucket


Because the world is a bucketful of questions.  And someone's gotta answer them

While working with the object collections of we come across many questions.  Visit here to see some of the more unusual stories that we have uncovered.

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Historically Speaking


The staff and volunteers of the Archives Department at never know what they'll find when working on the documents and records in the collections.  Fortunately, when they do discover something noteworthy they are very willing to share!

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Marianne's PhotoBlog


Because pictures are worth a thousand words, but sometimes they need an interpreter.

You know that cliché about a picture being worth a thousand words? Ok, well, imagine the stories going on in my head after cataloging several hundred photos every single day!

[Read My Blog]

Wheatland: A Love Story

Who would have guessed that a young lady would fall in love with an old President and his old house?

One Young Lady, One Old House, Two Hundred Years of History

I’m Jennifer Walton, Museum Associate at President James Buchanan's Wheatland, and I love an old President and his old house! Over the past nine years, I’ve learned quite a lot about both, and I would love to share it with you!

[Read My Blog]

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