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Share an adventure with old and new friends on a learning tour with Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Our trips combine in-depth historical accuracy with engaging guides and enjoyable visits to noteworthy places in the greater Lancaster County area. (Some one-day trips travel as far as Philadelphia and New York City.)

Each tour describes a particular piece of local or regional history. Comprehensive information booklets are usually available from the tour leader. Trips begin and end at Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster. Travel is aboard comfortable coach buses with careful drivers. 

To Reserve
  • Click the "Add to Cart" button after any trip below. Add an LMHS membership to receive a discount on each tour. When you're finished, click the "View Cart" button at bottom. You'll be able to change the number of reservations you're making on the "View Cart" page and then pay by credit card. (Your payment will be processed by PayPal, but you don't need a PayPal membership to purchase.)
  • Or give us a call at (717) 393-9745. We accept credit card payments over the phone, Tuesday–Saturday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM.

Upcoming Trips

Of dioramas, Nobel prizes, and Mennonites

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 8 am - 5:30 pm

See and learn about James and Nancy Binsberger’s collection in Perkasie, PA, of over 85 dioramas (3-D paintings) of twin artists Abner and Aaron Zook.  Visit the nearby home of Pearl Buck, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.  At the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville, PA, you will see three exhibits, which includes the largest collection of fraktur in any Mennonite museum or institution. 

Covered Bridges

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8:30 am - 4 pm

Covered bridges abound in Lancaster County and this tour roams the beautiful back roads of the county to a few of the historic covered bridges.  Kenneth Collins, author and photographer of the book Covered Bridges of Lancaster County Pennsylvania, will guide you on this day-long tour sharing a brief history of the bridges, their unique construction and a few of his photographic experiences.

Register by May 5, 2015

Germanic Architecture in Warwick and Manheim

Saturday, June 13, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The field trip explores homesteads and houses built between 1750 and 1800 that belonged to the second and third generations of immigrant families, most of them German.  It highlights examples of early Germanic architecture and also showcases the changes of architectural styles as people of differing cultural heritages became neighbors. Some of the houses showcased connect to the Hess, Greider/Kreider, Rudy, Brubaker, Landis, Shenk, and Bachman family lines.

Noted local historian Martin Keen will lead this trip. Keen focuses his research on Mennonite economic and material culture in Lancaster County, Pa.

Hispanic Mennonites of Lancaster County

Saturday, October 31, 2015, 8:00 - 4:00 pm

Go back in time when several hundred folks arrived in Lancaster County PA from Puerto Rico to work in summer harvesting of tomatoes from about 1950 to 1964. See their early lodging places, work sites, and places of worship. Hear first person accounts of initial experiences. Discover the changes as their families arrived by both hosts and guests. Become enriched by caring, friendly folks holding roots back to Puerto Rico.

A light lunch is included in the trip.

Register by October 20, 2015

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    Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
    2215 Millstream Rd
    Lancaster, PA 17602-1499
    United States
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    Phone: (717) 393-9745
    Fax: (717) 393-8751

    Open Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed major holidays.
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