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Below is a list of history-oriented organizations in Lancaster County. If you are a staff member or authorized representative of an organization that is not included in the list below and you would like to be, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@lancasterhistory.org to be added to this list.


The 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum

The oldest still-standing European dwelling place in what is now Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and the oldest still-standing Mennonite meeting house in the Western Hemisphere.

(717) 464-4438
hansherr.org

 

African American Historical Society of South Central PA

Collects, analyzes, interprets, and preserves essential facts and materials related to the life of African Americans in historic and contemporary communities in South Central Pennsylvania.

(717) 842-0350
African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania

 

Bethel Harambee Historical Services

A program of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Learn more about local African history and the Underground Railroad through artifacts and an interactive spiritual experience.

(717) 393-8379
bethelamelancaster.com

Boehm's Chapel

The Oldest existing structure built for Methodist use in Pennsylvania.

(717) 872-4133
boehmschapel.org

The Christiana Historical Society

The Christiana Historical Society, formed and chartered in 2000, exists to promote and preserve the historic context of our community.

(610) 593-5199

Cocalico Valley Historical Society

Society dedicated to discovering, gathering, and preserving materials and data relative to the heritage of the community known as the Cocalico Valley. The Cocalico Valley is defined as the Townships of East & West Cocalico, Clay, Ephrata, West Earl and a portion of Earl. This includes the Boroughs of Akron, Adamstown, Denver & Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

(717) 733-1616
cocalicovalleyhs.org

The Conestoga Area Historical Society

Serving the Penn Manor Area: Conestoga, Manor, Martic, Pequea Townships and Millersville Burough.

(717) 872-1699
The Conestoga Area Historical Society

The Demuth Museum

Displays the work of Charles Demuth, maintins his home as a museum and art gallery, and preserves the adjacent 18th century buildilngs that belonged to the Demuth family for five generations.

(717) 299-9940
demuth.org

The Donegal Society

Promotes the collection and preservation of the history of the Scots-Irish who founded the Donegal Presbyterian Church.

(717) 653-1352
The Donegal Society

East Petersburg Historical Society

The purpose of the society is to preserve memorabilia from East Petersburg's past and to make it available for the education of residents of the community.

(717) 664-3808
eastpetersburgborough.org/historical-society/

 

The Edward Hand Medical Heritage Foundation

The Edward Hand Medical Heritage Foundation preserves the rich heritage of the healing arts with special attention given to Lancaster County. The Foundation's collection has grown to over 10,000 artifacts, including books, photographs, and medical instruments. The staff has carefully cataloged the collection, which may be viewed online in 3-D through the virtual museum.

(717) 406-0265
edwardhandmedicalheritage.org

Ephrata Cloister

One of America's earliest religious communities, the Ephrata Cloister was founded in 1732. The National Historic Landmark is open for tours, special programs, and ongoing research opportunities.

(717) 733-6600
ephratacloister.org

Evangelical & Reformed Historical Soceity

Founded in 1863 as the Historical Society of the German Reformed Church, the Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society was formed in 1934 when the Reformed Church in the United States merged with the Evangelical Synod of North America.

(717) 290-8734
erhs.info

First National Bank Museum

One of the few banks still preserved in its original setting in the United States, and one of the most signifigant historic sites in Columbia.

(717) 684-8864
bankmuseum.org

Franklin & Marshall College Archives and Special Collections

Organizes, preserves, and promotes the visual and written record of the college and the digital and special collections of the library.

(717) 358-4225
library.fandm.edu/archives

The Haldeman Mansion

Birthplace of Prof. Samuel Steman Haldeman. The architecture is vernacular German combined with Federal elements.

(717) 426-3794

The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County

A state and federally registered non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and prtoecting Lancaster County's historic and architectural character through education, advocacy, and direct action.

(717) 291-5861
hptrust.org

Historical Society of Salisbury Township

An outgrowth of a committee which gathered information for the writing and publication of The History of Salisbury Township.

salisburytwphistory.org

Lancaster County Digitization Project

The LCDP is a county-wide consortium of cultural institutions interested in digitizing Lancaster county newspaper and manuscript collections.

Lancaster County Digitization Project

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

Preserves and interprets the culture and context of Mennonite-related faith communities connected to Lancaster County.

(717) 393-9745
lmhs.org

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum

A living history village and farm that collects, preserves, and interprets the history and material culture of the Pennsylvania German rural community from 1740 to 1940.

(717) 569-0401
landisvalleymuseum.org

Library System of Lancaster County

A federated system with 14 member libraries, three branches, and a bookmobile, which serves over 500,000 residents.

(717) 207-0500
lancasterlibraries.org

Lititz Historical Foundation

A non-profit organiation which includes the Lititz Museum and the Johannes Mueller house.

(717) 627-4636
lititzhistoricalfoundation.com

Manheim Historical Society

Dedicated to preserving landmarks that characterize the borough of Manheim and surrounding areas, as well as collecting local historical artifacts.

(717) 665-7989
manheimpa.com

Marietta Museum

Located inside the Old Town Hall and displays artifacts and memorabilia from early Marietta, such as the first Marietta fire engine from 1840.

mariettarestoration.org

Mascot Roller Mills and Ressler Family Home

Features a remarkably preserved water-powered grain mill and adjacent 1855 miller's house, home to three generations of Resslers.

(717) 656-7616
resslermill.com

Maytown Historical Society

Dedicated to collecting artifacts, and amassing, sharing, and recording data pertaining to the history of Maiytown and East Donegal Township.

(717) 426-1526
maytownhistory.org

Millersville University Archives & Special Collections

A regional repository for historic documents and records in four areas: the University Archives, the Manuscript Collection, the Local History and Culture Collection and the Rare Book Collection.

(717) 871-7134
MU Archives & Special Collections

Mount Joy Area

Chartered to assure the future of historical records and artifacts in the Mount Joy area.

mountjoyhistory.com

National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors Library and Research Center

Specializes in reference serves and covers all aspects of horology. This collection features more than 30,000 books ranging from over 450 years old to contempoary materials.

(717) 684-8261
Library & Research Center

National Toy Train Museum

Collection features models from the 1800s to the present. Research library includes 1,500 research books, instruction books, repair guides, and parts lists.

(717) 687-8976
nttmuseum.org

New Holland Band Museum

Houses hundreds of musical instruments form 1620 to present day, as well as photographs from the 1800s, original unifroms, music, and equipment. Visits made by appointment.

(717) 355-5096
New Holland Band Museum

New Holland Historical Soceity

Gathers, organizes, and preserves information and artifacts that give insight to understanding the life and times of the New Holland area.

nhhistorical.com

North Museum of Nature and Science

Inspires curiosity, discovery, and a lifelong appreciation of nature, science, and cultures through educational exhibits, collections, and programs.

(717) 358-3941
northmuseum.org

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Houses one of the most significant collections of historic railroad artifacts in the world. Devoted to preserving and interpreting the broad impact of railroad development on society.

(717) 687-8628
rrmuseumpa.org

Rock Ford Plantation

The preserved 18th-century home of Gereal Edward Hand who served as Adjutant General to George Washington during hte American Revolution.

(717) 392-7223
rockfordplantation.org

Southern Lancaster County Historical Society

Celebrates local history in Southern Lancaster County, from pre-Colonial to 20th Century. Located at the Robert Fulton birthplace.

(717) 548-2679
southernlancasterhistory.org

Strasburg Heritage Society

Preserves, collects, and interprets the history of Strasburg. Invenotry includes postcards, pictures, furniture, artifacts, documents, and three historic buildings.

strasburgheritagesociety.org

Winters Heritage House Museum

Seeks to preserve local history by engaging community support, developing educational experiences, and acquiring artifacts, texts, and documents of historical value.

(717) 367-4672
elizabethtownhistory.org

Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies

An integral part of the academic life at Elizabethtown College. Its mission is to foster and promote the scholarly study of Anabaptist and Pietist groups.

(717) 361-1470
Young Center

Underground Railroad Origins in Pennsylvania

Offers custom tours of the places that gave rise to the Undergound Railroad movmenet in Lancaster County and Southeastern Pennsylvania.

(717) 808-2941
undergroundrroriginspa.org