Lehigh County Historical Society

Find Lehigh County Pennsylvania historical societies. Historical societies provide information on the history and culture of a specific area, through the use of museum and library art exhibits and programs.

Alburtis - Lockridge Historical Society 407 Franklin Street Alburtis PA 18011 610-966-3534

Eastern Pennsylvania Lutheran Historical Society 1245 Hamilton Street Allentown PA 18102

Emmaus Historical Society 563 Chestnut Street Emmaus PA 18049 610-966-6591

Lehigh County Historical Society 2917 Pennsylvania 100 Orefield PA 18069 610-391-1968

Lehigh County PA Historical Society 41 South 5th Street Allentown PA 18101 484-664-7146

Lehigh County Pennsylvania - Historical Society 1638 West Turner Street Allentown PA 18102 610-821-8056

Lehigh County Pennsylvania Historical Society 432 Walnut Street Allentown PA 18102 610-435-1074

Lynn Township Historical Society 6751 Madison Street New Tripoli PA 18066 610-298-8722

Macungie Historical Society 510 East Main Street Macungie PA 18062 610-965-0372

Weisenberg Lowhill Township Historical Society 4590 Werleys Corner Road New Tripoli PA 18066

Whitehall Historical Society 506 Mickley Road Fullerton PA 18052 610-776-7166

About Lehigh County Historical Societies

Lehigh County Historical Societies are local organizations and history museums dedicated to studying, preserving, and fostering an appreciation of the past, with an emphasis on the local community's history in Lehigh County, PA. Historical Societies in Lehigh County encourage and engage in the collection and preservation of historical artifacts, photographs, and personal stories. Many Historical Societies conduct research about local businesses and families, which they make accessible and available as public records and exhibits.

You may contact the Historical Society for questions about:
  • Lehigh County Historical Society exhibits and events
  • Lehigh County historical center discounts
  • Genealogy research in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
  • Making a donation
  • Volunteering
Lehigh County Public Records

Historical Societies are a great source of Lehigh County public records, historical and genealogy research information. Historical records may be available upon request from the Lehigh County organizations, museums, exhibits and exhibitions, and from Lehigh County historical archives.

Local Lehigh County History

Pennsylvania Historical Societies specialize in a single aspect of local history. Lehigh County Historical Centers may highlight a local institution, such as an university, church, or business. Alternatively, their focus may be on a particular group, such as an ethnicity, profession, or religious group. Some Historical Societies work to preserve Lehigh County historic buildings and properties, ensuring that neighborhoods maintain the historic character that helps define the community. These efforts often involve close work with local Lehigh County and Pennsylvania state government agencies, to list buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, create historic districts, and ensure that historic preservation ordinances and guidelines are established and enforced.

Volunteering for Lehigh County Historical Societies

Many Historical Societies are staffed and organized by volunteers, who often become involved in order to preserve the legacy and heritage of their ancestors or to honor local heroes. Other Lehigh County Historical Societies are professional organizations that have paid staff. These organizations may run Lehigh County museums and educational programs, and a local Pennsylvania government or business entity may manage these Historical Societies. Many Historical Societies provide resources to help smaller organizations or individuals with research projects. In addition, they provide events for school-age children both in the schools and at their facilities.

Historical Society Donations & Funding

Funding for Lehigh County Historical Societies can come from a combination of sources, including government support, universities, and businesses, as well as private donations, endowments, and grants. Historical Societies rely on fundraisers as a significant source of revenue. Fundraisers may include tours of PA historical buildings, sponsored talks and historic reenactments, and Lehigh County genealogy events.

Events & Exhibitions

Historical Societies have an online presence where they provide valuable information about sponsored Lehigh County events and programs. Historical Society websites commonly post historic photographs or articles on topics of local historic interest. Some provide online databases to help with Lehigh County genealogy research, immigration activity, or census related data.