Mission: To educate the public about the heritage and history of the people, places, and events that shaped our region, the commonwealth of pennsylvania, and the united states of america. We achieve this mission by actively collecting, preserving, interpreting, and making accessible materials representing lancaster county's past and by preserving and sharing the home, life and legacy of james buchanan, the 15th president of the united states. We promote this heritage and history through a research library, changing exhibitions, public and school programs, archival and artifact collections, the louise arnold tanger arboretum, and wheatland - a national historic landmark and the home of buchanan, pennsylvania's only u. S. President. As a portal of history for the community, lancasterhistory. Org serves the needs and interests of history-oriented organizations, bringing greater focus to the extraordinary opportunities for learners of all ages to experience america's past in lancaster county.
Programs: Outreach to approximately 2,300 members and general public through our journal and newsletter and 154,000 through the world wide web.
acquisitions-library, archival, and museum items for public display and historical research served an estimated 13,500 adults, college, and secondary students.
special events-living history civil war and wwii encampments, lectures, films, trips, colloquia and symposia. Brought history events to about 40,000 people.
-guided tours of james buchanan's former residence for approximately 12,000 individuals in 2014. - the organization accepted responsibility for the future development of a museum and interpretive center of the thaddeus stevens and lydia hamilton smith historic site located in lancaster city.