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 and special exhibition [More Info»]
Emergency Men!: The 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia and the Gettysburg Campaign, presented by Cooper Wingert has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 4th at 1:30PM (This program was originally scheduled for Feb. 16 and was postponed due to winter weather). To learn more, click here.
Society Treasurer Awarded
Congratulations to Ms. Carol Christ for her recognition by the Lebanon County Commission for Women for her leadership role in our community. To see an interview of Ms. Christ, please click here.
Membership Fee Increase
As of January 2014, the basic level of Society Membership fee has increased from $35.00 to $45.00.
- Sunday, March 16, 1:30PM REAL PHOTO POSTCARDS: THEIR ROLE IN DELTIOLOGY, PHOTOGRAPHY & HISTORIC PRESERVATION, presented by Donald R. Brown
For a complete listing of the year’s upcoming events, click here.
Hours of Operation
The Historical Society building is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays. and all holidays. The building may be closed for inclement winter weather.
|Monday||1:00 PM – 8:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Friday||1:00 PM – 8:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 3:00 PM|
|Sunday||1:00 PM – 4:30 PM|
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 »]
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.
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 exhibit