• Now On Display

    FREEDOM: "to secure the Blessings of Liberty" explores the stories of Lancastrians who sought, fought for, lived in, and were denied freedom over the course of 300 years. They are stories of hope, joy, struggle, and survival from Penn's Holy Experiment through the 21st century. 

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  • Unlock Your Family's History

    The Research Library & Archives at LancasterHistory.org offer researchers, scholars, and life-long learners opportunities to examine historic manuscripts, texts, and much more to learn more about their family's history or local history. Visit today to unlock the mystery of your family's history!

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  • Apply for a Fellowship Today!

    Thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we are pleased to offer three research fellowship programs focusing on scholars, educators, and community instititutions. Apply today for a Fall/Winter 2017 Fellowship! (Deadline: July 31, 2017)

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  • Wheatland: Home of President James Buchanan

    Come discover the warmth and hospitality of President James Buchanan's Wheatland. Tour guides share Buchanan’s family stories that reveal a stern, yet lovable bachelor uncle who raised orphaned nieces and nephews, cared for Lancaster’s widows and orphans and was a successful attorney.

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  • African-American Heritage Walking Tours

    Learn about Lancaster's own abolitionists, underground railroad agents, religious leaders, and entrepreneurs as you visit 10 historical sites and properties with African-American heritage. Tours start in May!

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  • The Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum

    Springtime is here! Enjoy the changing of the seasons across the grounds of LancasterHistory.org in the Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum, home to a large variety of mature species of trees from around the globe, and an American Conifer Society Reference Garden.

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  • Welcome!

    Our ten-acre Campus of History features the historic grounds and gardens of President James Buchanan's Wheatland, the Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum, and the award-winning, and environmentally-sustainable headquarters of LancasterHistory.org.

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 LancasterHistory.org is open Monday - Saturday, 9:30am - 5pm.

Tours of Wheatland are available Monday - Saturday, on the hour, from 10am - 3pm. Living History tours are offered first Saturday of every month.

 

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Tour Wheatland
Tour Wheatland
Discover the home of our nation's 15th President!
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Make History Happen
Become a member of LancasterHistory.org today!
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The Decorative Arts
The Decorative Arts
Explore three centuries of art and history through the Richard C. von Hess Decorative Arts Center.
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Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities
Make history and volunteer! A variety of positions are available for those aged 12 and up.
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Discover Your History
Discover Your History
Explore your family's, local, and nation's history.
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Congressman Thaddeus Stevens
Congressman Thaddeus Stevens
Learn about "The Great Commoner," Lydia Hamilton-Smith, and the Underground Railroad.
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