Welcome to the New Holland Area Historical Society
Leo Houck, the Lancaster Thunderbolt
Lancaster's Middleweight boxing champion
presented by Cory Van Brookhaven, journalist, author, historian
February 15, 2024
History of Watt & Shand
Lancaster's Favorite Department Store
presented by Nancy Groff, Great-Granddaughter of Peter T. Watt
March 21, 2024
April 18, 2024 TBA
New Holland Area Historical Society Public Meetings are held at
Garden Spot Village, 433 S Kinzer Ave, New Holland, PA 17557.
Presentations begin at 7 pm.
Your support and contributions will enable us both preserve and publicize the rich history of the New Holland area.
See an article entitled "Pieces from the Past" describing artifacts at the NHAHS Museum that appears in the Shopping News of Lancaster County Facebook page. Click the button below to see the article!
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 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 on display in the museum. The most addition is an exhibit dedicated to the 125th Anniversary of the Borough of New Holland.
This book chronicles the life of Victor Weaver from the humble beginning of a Market Stand to processed poultry brands known through the Northeast. More than just a success story, the author writes about the profound impact Mr. Weaver had on employees, the town and many other organizations.
Copies of the book, hard back @ $40 and soft cover @ $20, can be purchased at the museum during regular hours, or by calling Don Horning @ 717.538.3079
Read the story of a humble Mennonite man who invented the automatic tying baler, putting New Holland on the map.
Soft cover copies of the book can be purchased for $20 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 & Saturday
10:00 am till 2:00 pm
other hours by appointment only
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