Do You Remember...?

These old photos and postcards of Forest Park should delight both newcomers and the long time natives of Hanover. At the top of the page, you can link to several more old images of Hanover. The photos are from the Chronister Collection.

A Hanover timeline by Sarah Adler.

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Hours for the HAHS Office, Neas House and the Warehime-Myers Mansion

High Street Office: Mon, Wed, Fri - 9 AM - 2 PM

Tours Neas House Sat: 12 N to 3:15 PM, or by special arrangement.

Warehime-Myers Mansion business, rentals and arranging tours, general information: Mon, Wed, Fri 9 AM to 2 PM. (717) 637-6413

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Our Society

The Hanover Area Historical Society was founded in 1965 by local citizens interested in protecting and promoting the historical heritage of the greater Hanover area.

The Society selectively acquires, preserves, and provides access to historical buildings and sites and to artifacts and archives that have unique historical significance for this area. The Society also undertakes related programs and activities for the educational, recreational, and cultural benefit of the people of the greater Hanover Area. The Society acquired and restored the Neas House at the corner of W. Chestnut and High Sts. In October 2007, the Society was given the Warehime-Myers Mansion at 305 Baltimore St. The Mansion is regularly open for public tours and rental. The Society also has an 1890’s house at 105 High St. where it has its office and a small library. The library holds small collections pertaining to the area’s history, and is available to the public by appointment.


Summer Concerts

Welcome to Summer and our third season of Lawn Concerts. The first concert was presented by the Lyric Band on Wednesday, June 1st. Our next performance will be "Sousa Summer" by the Lyric Band Wednesday, August 3, on the lawn at the Warehime-Myers Mansion. Present at the concerts will be representatives of the Blue Star Mothers and the American Red Cross in Hanover. The Blue Star mothers will be accepting donations of plastic zip-lock bags, white tube socks, foot powder, beef jerky, and wrapped hard candy for the troops in Iran and Afghanistan. Arrive early for entertainment and find the perfect spot for your lawn chair or blanket.


Dutch Days

The Neas House will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 3;00 P.M. on Dutch Days (July 30, 2011). The yard and colonial garden will have vendors  showing off their talents: Anna Lisa Gojmenac, old time paper-making; Shane Speal who makes guitars out of old cigar boxes; Leroy Warner, chair caning; and Richard Gladfelter of Williamsburg Flower arrangements.  If you would like to showcase your talent as well, please call Nancy Markle at 637-2529 or the Historical Society's office at 632-3207.


History Summer Camp

The Hanover Area Historical Society is again offering a Summer History Camp for 8 to 14-year-olds, and the committee has added an exciting new class. Since the first class is an intermediate group, it will be referred to as the Junior Class. The second group will be referred to as the Senior Class. The Junior Class will see a repeat of last year’s agenda beginning July 11 at the Neas House with the campers learning about life and living in the 1700s-1800s. Tuesday’s venue is the Hanover Shoe Farms, where the campers will learn about the racehorse industry. Wednesday will find the campers roaming through the arboretum and learning about trees and planting. Thursday is set aside for a good look at the architecture of the Warehime-Myers Mansion. And, Friday’s tour starts at the Carriage House and continues into the Mansion for a review of the week. The hours for the classes are 9:00 to 12:00 each morning July 11–15. A lunch is included for the campers each day.

The Senior Class will meet July 25, 26, and 27 from 9:00 to Noon. The first day features a walking presentation about the Battle of Hanover and a talk from a Civil War Medical Steward. The second day features a visit to an 1800 schoolhouse in East Berlin, and on the third day the campers will learn about fossils from Yvonne Baldwin.

Each day will bring a new adventure for the campers. Call the Camp Director Colleen Reese at 717-632-5463, or Program Chairman Mikele Stillman 717-428-2439 to learn more about the History Camp and register your child, grandchild, or other relative. This is a delightful learning adventure for the children.


Upcoming Tour Sponsored by HAHS

On September 29, we will tour central Pennsylvania during our Third Day of Pennsylvania History. Visit the Heritage Center Museum, Wheatland, the Cameron Estate, and the Ephrata Cloister.


Annual Appeal Launched in November

Each year we ask our members for support to help "keep the home fires burning." It is our job to be good stewards of the gifts that we have and to help keep our treasured properties alive for all who visit. We keep the clocks ticking, the gardens growing, and the front doors open with a gracious welcome. We invite you to join in the Hanover Area Historical Society's Annual Appeal with a donation to ensure our ongoing success.


Volunteers Welcome!

Workers are needed at the Market House on Saturdays, 7 AM-11:30 AM. During this brief period, you present the face of HAHS to the community. Taking a shift once or twice a year helps provide the necessary coverage. Contact Myrt Small at 637-1705 or the HAHS Office at 632-3207.

Docents have become extremely important. They are needed at both the Neas House and the Warehime-Myers Mansion. Docent Tour hours are: Neas House, Saturdays, 12 noon to 3:15 PM. A minimum of 2 are needed per shift. At the WMM, 3 are needed per shift Wednesdays 10AM - 3:15 PM, Saturdays 12N - 3 PM. Doors close at 3:15. the latest a tour should begin. It takes from 45 to 90 minutes for a tour depending on the location and the inquisitiveness of the visitor. Interested? Please leave a message on the Mansion phone: 637-6413