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Giving & Growing

“I enjoyed my experience,” ninth-grader Evan Morales says of the day he spent exploring career interests by helping out in the historical society library and archives. “I had no idea how much there is here about Mennonites and ancestors.” One of Evan’s tasks was to set up a display featuring 2019 as the 300th anniversary of the 1719 Herr House.

Holding, honoring and sharing history is as much about foresight as it is about the past. The volunteers who restored the 1719 Herr House knew this, and so does Evan as he explores his career path.

Your gifts support the visionary staff and volunteers who steward the things and build the relationships that bring vitality to stories that matter. Your gift touches the 71,000 visitors we host annually across the Historical Society, Mennonite Information Center, and the 1719 Herr House & Museum.


Will you invest in Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society’s mission by making a financial gift?

Designated Giving Opportunities

Mennonite Arts: Honoring the Legacy of Clarke E. Hess

The Historical Society has been given an unprecedented opportunity to acquire, preserve, and make available parts of one of the finest collections of folk art and material culture pertaining to Lancaster area Mennonites that has ever been assembled.

In November, the Historical Society lost a former board member and important, renowned partner with the passing of Clarke E. Hess. Hess was an authority on Pennsylvania German art and material culture as well as Mennonite history and genealogy. His knowledge grew from a lifetime of collecting and meticulously researching the history and family connections of the objects he acquired.

During the final months of his life, Hess donated to LMHS some wonderful representative items from different categories of his collection. The remainder of his nationally renowned collection will go to auction beginning April 26 and 27.

There are probably relatively few of us who understand the real value of Clarke’s lifetime of work and that there may never be an opportunity like this again to acquire items so central to our storytelling mission.

We have launched a short-term, fundraising campaign to purchase core pieces from this exceptional collection. Will you make a gift to honor Hess’s legacy and partner with LMHS in its community benefit work? Designate your online giving by choosing “Clarke Hess Acquisitions” or write it on your check. Note that as a matter of policy, designated gifts go 80% to the designation and 20% to the general fund unless otherwise specified. Any amounts beyond the designated need benefit the general fund. Thank you!

Steve Ness, Librarian and Archivist (

Carolyn Wenger, Museum Curator (

Telephone: (717) 393-9745

1719 Herr House & Museum

In 2019, the Herr House turns 300!  Please help celebrate this special occasion with a special donation that will help the Herr House be on strong financial footing for the next 300 years.  Income from admissions and membership help us to cover some of our costs, but we wouldn’t be able to operate without the generosity of supporters like you.

Historical Society Facility Needs

It recently became clear that our roof requires full replacement. It carries a $54,750 price tag. Thank you, in advance, for helping us safely keep and generously share community treasures.

Other ways to donate

  • Give us a call. We accept credit card payments over the phone, Tuesday–Saturday, 8:30 AM–4:30 PM at (717) 393-9745
  • Send a check by mail to Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, PA 17602.

Designated Gifts

Designated Gifts go 80% to the designation and 20% to the general fund unless otherwise specified. Any amounts beyond the designated need benefit the general fund. Any amounts beyond the designated need benefit the general fund.