Encampment Poster

Limited Assistance in the Library Continues

The Society is sorry to announce the departure of Brian Kissler, the archivist for the last four years.  While we look for Brian’s replacement, we will not be accepting any requests for research by mail or e-mail.  The Research Library will remain open with regular hours while we search for a replacement, however please note that assistance in the Library & Archives will be limited as it is currently staffed by volunteers; we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you in advance for your patience.

150th Anniversary Civil War Commemoration

2014 is Lebanon County’s year to officially commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  Please join us as we mark the occasion with a series of lectures, special Museum exhibition and Encampment event at the Union Canal Tunnel Park [More Info»]



Upcoming Events 2014

  • Sunday, September 21st, 1:30PM  The Coleman Families and the Civil War: Special Focus on the 93rd, presented by Jim Polczynski
  • Friday – Sunday, September 26th – 28th Civil War Encampment at the UCTP [More Info»]
  • Sunday, September 28th, 1:30PM Genealogy Club meeting [More Info»]
  • Friday, October 3rd, 5-8PM First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Lebanon [More Info»]
  • Sunday, October 19th, 1:30PM The Good Samaritan Hospital Training School for Nurses, 1889 – 1948, presented by David Bachman [More Info»]
  • Sunday, October 26th, 1:30PM Annual Members’ Meeting and Election
  • Saturday, November 1st The Annual Society Ball Fundraiser at the Lebanon Country Club [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