Stay Informed on the Relocation of Our Archive Collection

Stay Informed on the Relocation of Our Archive Collection

About Our Move

The Hanover Area Historical Society’s research collection is being relocated within the Guthrie Memorial Library, thanks to our community’s dedication to preserving Hanover’s rich history.

A generous donation from Terrence and Monna Hormel, who have supported both HAHS and Guthrie Memorial Library for many years, will help to ensure the community will have continued access to our research collections for years to come.  

In recognition of their generosity, the research center where our collections will be located will be renamed the Hormel History and Research Center, formerly known as the Glenn Hormel Reading Room.

Together, We Are Bringing Hanover’s History to All

A Historical Community Collaboration 

We are grateful to the Borough of Hanover for their vision of bringing greater access to Hanover’s history to everyone.

The Borough offered the Hanover Area Historical Society a lease that began in mid-May. With this move, we preserve our community’s heritage and advance the Hanover Area Historical Society’s mission, “To Preserve, Protect and Promote the Historical Story of the Hanover Area.”

Together, we are working to collaboratively preserve our history, enrich our community and ensure a vibrant future for all through knowledge.

Visit Our New Location 

As an organization, the Hanover Area Historical Society is dedicated to making historical archives accessible to everyone, so you can discover family roots and connect with the Hanover area’s storied past.

Located within the Guthrie Memorial Library, at 2 Library Pl, Hanover, PA 17331, Hanover Area Historical Society volunteers will be available during our posted hours of operation and by appointment to assist you with research requests. In our new home, the Hanover Area Historical Society volunteers will join the volunteer staff of the Pennsylvania Reading room. The combined group is a community benefit as they are experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate about local history.

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Understanding Our Move

We are here to answer your questions. Do you have more questions? Please email [email protected].

When will you be located within the Guthrie Memorial Library?The Hanover Area Historical Society’s lease at Guthrie Memorial Library began May 8. Our volunteers worked alongside Guthrie Memorial Library staff to assess vault storage and the collection of artifacts and books. We are now working to prepare the space for public access and will share updates as they are available.
Where in Guthrie Memorial Library will the Hanover Area Historical Society be located?The Hanover Area Historical Society’s location within Guthrie Memorial Library is in the Hormel History and Research Center.
What are the hours of operation?The Hanover Area Historical Society volunteers will be joined by the volunteers of the Pennsylvania Room in our new location. We are excited to offer increased availability for the public to visit us in our new location! We are working with our volunteers to outline our hours of operation and will provide updates here and on our Facebook page. Stay tuned!
What prompted the move?Hanover Area Historical Society was approached by the Borough of Hanover to lease a portion of Guthrie Memorial Library. At its current location, the Hanover Area Historical Society’s collections have outgrown their current space and our other buildings are not suitable to accommodate our increasing needs. Since Guthrie Memorial Library has served as Hanover’s public library since 1911, we were thrilled to consider sharing space within this historic institution.
What will happen to the meeting space and the Pennsylvania Room?We recognize the importance of library space for education, meetings, and community events. The Borough staff alongside the team at Guthrie Memorial Library is actively working to strategically reallocate necessary resources.
The Hanover Area Historical Society will take over curatorship of the Pennsylvania Room collections, owned by the Borough, and they will continue to serve as a valuable resource for community members to delve into their genealogy.
Where is the Guthrie Memorial Library?Guthrie Memorial Library is located at 2 Library Place, Hanover, PA.
How can I volunteer?We would love for you to get involved with the Hanover Area Historical Society. To explore membership and volunteer opportunities, please visit our website: