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Announcements

Easter Closure

easter 001The Lebanon County Historical Society will be closed on Sunday, April 5th in observance of the Easter holiday.

Museum Guided Tour Schedule

Regular tours of the Society’s Stoy Museum is offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1PM [More Info»]

New Exhibition in the Front Parlor Gallery, “Downton” Fashions of Lebanon County

The exhibit will be featuring ladieswear from the Edwardian Era through the early Roaring Twenties, through Summer 2015 [More Info»]

Save the date!  2015 Union Canal Days

Join us at our 26th annual Union Canal Days, Saturday and Sunday, May 16th & 17th [More Info»]

 

Upcoming Events 2015

  • Sunday, April 5th, Society Closed for Easter
  • Friday, April 10th, 5-8PM First Friday Art Walk [More Info»]
  • Sunday, April 26th, 1:30PM Genealogical Society Meeting [More Info»]

For a complete list of Society’s upcoming events, please visit the Events page.

The Lebanon County Historical Society

was organized in 1898 by a group of interested local citizens and amateur historians. The Society was considered the county’s attic until 1935, when the group offered its first public exhibits. Today, the LCHS is a place where residents and visitors alike can experience our history first-hand, as well as conduct their own historical research and have access to related gifts and souvenirs. The LCHS is truly one of Lebanon County’s hidden gems. [Read more »]

Mission Statement

The mission of the Lebanon County Historical Society is to collect, exhibit, interpret, preserve, and publish the history of the Lebanon Valley. The Society shall accomplish this mission through its museums, libraries, archives, publications, programs, and historic sites. The Society shall hold its collections in trust for the community and recognizes its responsibility to educate and inform the public about the history of the Lebanon Valley and make its holdings reasonably accessible to the public.

Stoy Museum exhibit

Location and Facilities

The Society is located at 924 Cumberland Street in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, 1/2 block west of the intersection of Route 422 West (Cumberland Street) and Route 72 North (Ninth Street). The building houses the Stoy Museum and Gift Shop, the Hauck Research Archives library, the Reese Memorial Hall, and the Society office. The Society also owns and maintains The Union Canal Tunnel, the oldest existing transportation tunnel in the United States, for the canal which once linked Reading and Harrisburg. The Union Canal Tunnel Park includes picnic tables and has no admission fee. The park is located at 25th and Union Canal Drive, Lebanon. [Map »]

 

Can’t make it in?  Visit the Society’s Virtual Exhibition:

A History of Lebanon County in 50 Objects

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