Society Welcomes New Archivist, October 10th, 2014

The Lebanon County Historical Society is pleased to announce the hiring of a new archivist, Wesley Schwenk.

Thanksgiving Closure

The Society will be closed on Thursday, November 27th in observance of Thanksgiving.

Winter Holiday & Maintenance Closure

The Society Building will be closed for the holidays and building maintenance from Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 through January 7th, 2015.  Regular hours will resume on Thursday, January 8th, 2015.


Upcoming Events 2014

  • Saturday, November 1st The Annual Society Ball Fundraiser at the Lebanon Country Club [More Info»]
  • Friday, November 7th, 5-8PM First Friday Art Walk in downtown Lebanon [More Info»]
  • Saturday, November 8th, 1-3PM “Beyond Band of Brothers” Author Cole Kingseed book signing in the Auditorium
  • Saturday, November 9th, 1-3PM Open House for Educators [More info»]
  • Saturday, November 15th, 10AM Museum Tour Guide Training [More info»]
  • Saturday, November 23rd, 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