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Visiting on July 4, 2017, including President James Buchanan's Wheatland, will be open on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Tours of Wheatland are available, on the hour, from 10am to 3pm. Advanced reservations highly recommended due to expected increased visitor traffic. The exhibition galleries and Museum Store will be open. The Research Library, Archives, and Administrative Offices will be closed. If you have any questions, please call (717) 392-4633. Thank you!


The visual images of Lancaster County are captured in more than 65,000 photographs housed in the photographic collections of the Lancaster County Historical Society. Included are early tintypes, daguerreotypes, stereographs, cartes de visite, and cabinet cards taken by local nineteenth century photographers. Thousands of twentieth century commercial and amateur photographs depict the cultural and social landscape of Lancaster County.

Of particular note is the vintage Darmstaetter Collection making up more than a third of the photographs in the collection. These early twentieth century images, taken by a commercial photographer, document a myriad of subjects including:

  • Business and industry
  • Residences, both interior and exterior views
  • People at work and at leisure
  • Urban and rural landscape
  • Automobile and related services
  • Aerial photographs

The photographs in our collection can be searched by a database housed in the library and through our new Discovery Tool.

Types of Images in Our Collections
  • Ambrotypes
  • Daguerreotypes
  • Microfiche
  • Microfilm
  • Film Negatives
  • Glass Plate Negatives
  • Postcards
  • Photographic Prints
  • Panoramic Photographic Prints
  • Solar Prints
  • 35 mm Slides
  • Stereoscopic Prints
  • Tintypes
  • Lantern-slides
  • Transparencies

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!

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

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