Collections

Objects

Since 1887 Lancaster County's Historical Society has been collecting objects for research and exhibition. LancasterHistory.org continues to grow its object collections and now includes thousands of items that pertain to the history of Lancaster County, the life of President James Buchanan, First Lady Harriet Lane, Congressman Thaddeus Stevens and Lydia Hamilton Smith.

stock decartscenter 300wMany of these objects have been displayed in the historical society's gallery spaces over the years, whereas others have been featured in exhibitions offered by other institutions. Only a few of these objects can ever be displayed at any one time. Those objects not on display are stored in a climate controlled environment.  But just because they aren't on display doesn't mean they aren't accessible.  We greatly enjoy visitors who make appointments to see an object or a specific collection.  Feel free to contact Barry Rauhauser or Wendell Zercher to schedule an appointment to look at an object or collection of objects.

Our Blogs

The History Bucket

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

While working with the object collections of LancasterHistory.org 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

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The staff and volunteers of the Archives Department at LancasterHistory.org 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

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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!

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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 six years, I’ve learned quite a lot about both, and I would love to share it with you!

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