Welcome to the New Holland Area Historical Society
Because of worsening conditions with the coronavirus pandemic, the New Holland Area Historical Society Museum will be closed to the public effective January 1, 2022. If conditions change with the pandemic we will announce revisions to the schedule on this website.
The Photos of William M. Stauffer
February 17th, 2022
The February program, presented by Brian Frankhouser, is a tribute to William M. Stauffer, the first of the family to live and work in New Holland. About 40 of his photographs were selected from the Stauffer family glass negatives collection. A special thanks goes to Josh Stauffer who gave us access to these gems.
Presentation of Lancaster County's Portion of the Historic Lincoln Highway
March 17th, 2022
The March program, presented by Benton Webber, is a special project to bring the Lincoln Highway back into the spotlight.
Garden Spot Village requires that all attendees must wear masks at this program. At the current time this requirement will remain in effect for all future meetings.
WE'VE DONE IT!!! Thanks to the generosity of the people of New Holland and the surrounding area, the "Preserving New Holland" fundraising effort of the New Holland Area Historical Society met and exceeded its goal. We began our effort in the fall of 2020, with an objective of $250,000, which would provide the funding necessary to pay off the mortgage on the Kauffman building, home of the Historical Society, as well as perform much needed repairs to the external brickwork of the building. As of the end of 2021, we have generated almost $280,000 and we are happy to report that the mortgage has been paid off and we have funding for the brickwork which will begin in the spring of 2022.
The success of this effort has provided several benefits to our community - first, the preservation of an historically significant building, which dates back to the late l 700's; secondly, a permanent home for the Historical Society so we can maintain an important local resource which contains artifacts, historical data, photos and literature documenting our rich history. The New Holland area has an amazing history and we are blessed to now have a
permanent place to preserve it. We could not have done this without the assistance of our friends and neighbors over the last year. Thank you very much for your support
(The New Holland Area Historical Society is currently registered as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in Pennsylvania. Donations are tax deductible.)
The Preserving New Holland Capital Campaign will ultimately allow the Historical Society to focus more time and energy on providing a significant resource for the New Holland area as well as achieving the preservation of a valued historical landmark. Your donation can help us reach that goal.
Thank you for all of your support of the New Holland Area Historical Society!
An idea was kicked around for many years to recreate this photo from 1949. Ralph Hess, current owner of the 1948 Mack fire truck previously owned by Liberty Fire Co., along with Steve Loewen arranged with the Garden Spot Fire Rescue Fire Police to temporarily divert traffic on Sunday, December 19
The call was put out to have community members attend and help re-create this classic picture. Thanks to everyone who participated in this fun historical event.
Photo Credit - Jeff Weinand.
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 actively displayed 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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