Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, founded in 1958, preserves and interprets the culture and context of Mennonite-related faith communities connected to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. We seek to be a gathering place where people can explore stories, ideas and legacy—for themselves and with each other.

The museum, book and gift shop, and library & archives are open to the public Tuesday through Friday, first and third Saturdays, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. We offer classes in traditional folk arts and Pennsylvania German Dialect several times a year.

Our location beside Tanger Outlet Center on Lincoln Highway East, draws shoppers to regular rare and used book auctions, the annual Bookworm Frolic and a seasonal Show & Sale of Pennsylvania German Folk Art. All facilities are fully accessible.

In addition, the Society hosts a broad array of special events at locations throughout Lancaster County.

  • Educational meetings include performances, presentations and panel discussions on timely topics related to Pennsylvania German and Mennonite history and culture.
  • The Annual Music Night each January showcases a diverse array of local and Mennonite talent
  • Each year, a influential Mennonite speaker addresses the Lancaster County community at the Society’s spring Banquet
  • For more than 30 years, the Lancaster Family History Conference has been a touchstone for genealogists and family historians
  • In collaboration with the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum, the Society presents “Lancaster Roots,” a year-long schedule of concerts, classes, festivals, field trips, exhibits and sales, online at

Join today and discover the benefits of an LMHS membership.