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Since opening the doors to the new Stauffer Wing on the Lancaster Campus of History in 2013, the Campus has been hopping with visitors to and from around the County eager to step into the past. With the construction of the new and newly-renovated 35,000 square-foot facility completed, the campaign for its funding successfully finished, Wheatland packed with guests, and the seamless transfer of nearly 3,000 artifacts from the Heritage Center and Quilt and Textile Museums changing the way we are presenting stories to the public, we are poised for a dynamic future.

Every Gift Makes a Difference

Your gift makes possible:

  • Free access to for every child under 11
  • Free research opportunities for every student in Lancaster County
  • Conservation and repair of important historical treasures, like Thaddeus Stevens' wig
  • Exhibitions that explore the rich legacy of our region
  • Regional History Colloquium and Presidential Lecture Series, all free to the public
  • The preservation of more than 1,000,000 documents related to Lancaster's 300 years of history
  • The care and maintenance of Wheatland, the home of Pennsylvania's only United States President
  • The storage and preservation of the renowned Heritage Center Collection of Decorative Arts, including the Esprit Quilt Collection
  • The sharing of stories of Thaddeus Stevens and Lydia Hamilton-Smith, champions of Civil Rights and education

Types of Gifts

Gifts come in all shapes and forms. Below are some of the options you have in supporting

  • Membership
    • Purchasing a membership for yourself or as a gift for another both supports in its mission as well as provides benefits to the membership recipient. To read more about membership, please click here
  • The Annual Campaign for Lancaster County History
    • Supporters of the Annual Campaign go the extra mile, helping support's annual operations with a gift above and beyond membership. To read more about the Annual Campaign, please click here
  • Planned Gifts
    •'s Planned Giving Program is designed to provide for our members and friends with information and opportunities to arrange future gift's that meet each donor's needs. Some planned gift opportunities are wills/bequests, charitable gift annuities, life insurance, charitable remainder trusts, etc... To read more about planned gifts, please click here
  • Donate a Piece of History
    • Donations to our collection typically have a connection to Lancaster County, President James Buchanan and his family, or Thaddeus Stevens, and support one of the four collecting departments: Wheatland, the library, the archives, and the object collections. To read more about making a donation of a piece of history, please click here
  • Memorial Gifts
    • A memorial or honor gift is a meaningful way to celebrate an individual(s) who is important to you. To read more about memorial gifts, please click here.  


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