Welcome to the New Holland Area Historical Society
This year Santa will not be making his annual visit to the New Holland Area Historical Society Museum due to the ongoing coronavirus concerns. There’s a rumor that Santa May make a surprise visit back to the Museum this summer, so stay in touch. The New Holland Area Historical Society Museum will be closed to walk-in visitors during December and January.
We are continuing to schedule private tours at this time. Face masks are required along with maintaining proper physical distancing during your tour. The museum will be cleaned after each tour. If you are interested in a tour please call Don Horning @ 717.538.3079.
An article describing the museum's 125th Anniversary of New Holland Borough exhibit appears on the Shopping News of Lancaster County Facebook page. Click the button below to view the article!
The New Holland Area Historical Society has lost a dear friend and colleague. William L. Snyder died on Monday, May 25, after a long illness.
Bill was a member of the board of trustees and served as our treasurer for years. Previously, Bill served on the New Holland Borough Council, with the New Holland Kiwanis Club, and was an officer at St. Stephen Reformed Church.
His faithful support of the Historical Society and his friendship will be terribly missed. We are grateful for his many contributions to the Society and the community.
His family has suggested that contributions in his honor be made to the New Holland Area Historical Society. PO Box 464, New Holland, PA, and to the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund.
The Power Library site shown to the left houses digital copies of the town newspaper published from 1873 through 1950.
The papers are stored in 3 different collections based on their publication date.
The collections are shown to the left.
This link takes you to the Clarion Collection list shown to the left Individual collections are listed alphabetically, so scroll down through the list till you come to the section entitled "LancasterHistory - New Holland Clarion Newspaper"
The Power Library website is not owned by or affiliated with the New Holland Area Historical Society. We do not provide any support or assistance to those wanting to utilize this resource.
Support assistance is available through the "? Help" menu found in the extreme right-hand side of the menu bar.
This resource is a real treasure trove of historical information for the New Holland area, and we hope that you enjoy your time doing some research into our history!
Visit our Current Exhibits page for a preview of the exhibits actively displayed in the museum. The most addition is an exhibit dedicated to the 125th Anniversary of the Borough of New Holland.
Programs held at Garden Spot Village Chapel, begin at 7pm, and with no admission fee
ALL PROGRAMS ARE CANCELED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS RESTRICTIONS. AS THIS SITUATION EASES PLEASE CHECK BACK TO DETERMINE THE STATUS OF OUR PROGRAMS.
Read the story of a humble Mennonite man who invented the automatic tying baler, putting New Holland on the map. Hard Back: $40 Soft Cover: $20
Books can be purchased at the museum during regular hours, or by calling
Don Horning @ 717.538.3079
The museum is blessed with thousands of New Holland area photos that were donated by countless supporters of our efforts to preserve our history . Many of them include some type of identification information, and others were identified my NHAHS members based on local knowledge or other photographic evidence.
But there are hundreds of interesting - and potentially historically significant - photos that we are not able to identify. The purpose of this initiative is to solicit your help in identifying these photos.
The plan is to place small batches of these pictures on the website in the Photos section, including whatever info we have for each, and providing you with a contact form where you can tell us how you can help identify these treasures. Each photo is assigned a number, and all you need to do is tell us that "photo #7 is a picture of my great grandmother Elvira's birthplace, located just east of N Railroad avenue." That's it. If you'd like to include your name that would be great.
As information is received we will update the captions for these photos, and after a reasonable amount of time (no idea what this means exactly) we'll publish the information gathered along with the contributors. Then we'll publish the next set of photos and repeat the exercise.
It's a chance for you to participate in the work of the NHAHS, and we greatly appreciate your assistance.
We love to share our museum with you, so feel free to visit during normal business hours!
207 E Main St, New Holland, PA 17557
Thursday, Friday & Saturday
10:00 am till 2:00 pm
other hours by appointment only