Discover the Benefits of Membership

At LancasterHistory’s Campus of History, you can learn about Lancaster County and its 300 years of remarkable history. From the legacies of President James Buchanan and Congressman Thaddeus Stevens to resistance movements and the quest for freedom, LancasterHistory has stories, exhibitions, and experiences to offer each visitor.

Your membership helps us continue to offer engaging and accessible history experiences to our community.


View or download a printable membership form [PDF, 204kb] to mail in.


Member Benefits

  • Free General Admission to LancasterHistory* (includes all museum exhibitions and standard admission to President James Buchanan’s Wheatland)
  • Unlimited use of our 16,000-volume research library, 2 million+ manuscripts and documents, and 95,000+ photographs (Learn more about our research offerings.)
  • Member discounts to classes, various Research Center services, and certain events
  • 20% shopping discount at our Museum Store at the Campus of History (230 N. President Avenue)
  • Special invitations to our programs, events, classes, and special series
  • Subscription to The Journal of Lancaster County’s Historical Society
  • Subscription to The Historian, our bi-monthly e-newsletter, and Bookmarks, our monthly Members’ exclusive e-newsletter
  • Members at the Benefactor Level and above enjoy free access to more than 1,000 other museums across America!

*Except for special programs and events such as Yuletide at Wheatland

Membership Levels

Each membership level enjoys the benefits listed in the section above. Click the membership levels below to learn more and view additional benefits accorded to each level. Each subsequent level enjoys the benefits of all previous levels.

Individual ($50)

Membership for one adult.

Purchase Individual Membership

Family ($75)

Membership for two adults and children residing at home.

Purchase Family Membership

Benefactor ($125)

*NEW* Reciprocal membership benefits and free admission to more than 1,000 museums nationwide through the North American Reciprocal Museum Association. Learn what museums are a part of NARM at

Benefactor members also receive two complimentary General Admission tickets to share with friends per year, a $10 gift certificate to The Museum Store, invitations to special events, and recognition in the Annual Report.

Purchase Benefactor Membership

Sustainer ($250)

Sustainers receive a complimentary Family membership to be given as a gift to the recipient of their choice. Sustainers also receive a $25 gift certificate to The Museum Store.

Purchase Sustainer Membership

Director's Circle ($500)

Director's Circle members receive a private tour of Wheatland, the exhibition galleries, or the Richard C. von Hess Decorative Arts Center for you and a guest, and a special "Guest Of" membership card which may be used throughout the year for your guest to enjoy free General Admission to LancasterHistory and admission to the Research Center.

Purchase Director's Circle Membership

President's Circle ($1,000)

President's Circle members receive enrollment in The 1729 Society, the premier giving circle supporting efforts to preserve and promote the history of our region. Members also receive invitations to unique, behind-the-scenes events for 1729 Society Members, a $50 gift certificate to The Museum Store, and a private tour of Wheatland and the exhibition galleries for you and a guest.

Purchase President's Circle Membership

Historian's Circle ($2,500)

In addition to the benefits of all subsequent levels, you and five guests are entitled to a private tour of Wheatland, the exhibition galleries, or the Richard C. von Hess Decorative Arts Center.

Purchase Historian's Circle Membership

Collector's Circle ($5,000)

In addition to all the benefits above, a portion of your membership dues will help us purchase new items for the library, archives, and objects collections, or for display at Wheatland. Your support will be acknowledged in our Annual Report.

Purchase Collector's Circle Membership

Membership Terms & Cards

LancasterHistory memberships are valid for 12 months from the date of receipt of your membership information and payment.

Once your information and payment is received, LancasterHistory will work to process your membership and will issue you new cards as well as other membership information within 1-2 weeks. In the interim, your membership is active and can be used at LancasterHistory.

Gift Memberships

Memberships make great gifts! If you would like to purchase a gift membership for a friend or loved one, please complete and submit a membership online. LancasterHistory will mail the membership to the recipient on your behalf.

For Current Members

Renewing Your Membership

If you are a current member of LancasterHistory and would like to renew your membership, there are two options to do so:

  1. ONLINE: *Please note we have launched a new ticketing and sales platform as of August 12, 2020. If you have not created a new account with this new system, create a new account before renewing your membership.* If you have created an account in our new system, please log on to renew your membership online through your account.
  2. CALL: Please call Cindy Madara at 717.392.4633, ext. 122 for assistance over the phone.

Upgrading Your Membership

If you are a current member of LancasterHistory and would like to upgrade your membership to a higher level, please call Cindy Madara at 717.392.4633, ext. 122 for assistance over the phone.

Updating Your Information

If you have had a recent change in address, telephone number, or email address, please let us know so we can continue to make sure you are receiving our communications. Please contact Cindy Madara at (717) 392-4633, ext. 122 or Emily Miller at (717) 392-4633, ext. 133. By email, please contact

Auto-Renewing Memberships

With our online system, you can choose to have your membership be set up to auto-renew each year. If you choose to opt in to auto-renew your membership, you can cancel or adjust your auto-renewal any time by calling LancasterHistory at (717) 392-4633, ext. 122.

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