The Society


HAHS is temporarily closing the office and Yelland Research Library to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Warehime-Myers Mansion tours and tours of the Neas House are also temporarily cancelled. There will be no Easter Egg Hunt this year. HAHS’s new Hanover Area History Museum is postponing our grand opening event and opening to the general public until further notice. HAHS is monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully. When the experts say it’s safe to resume normal activities and open our buildings again, we will make an announcement here. We know we can count on your understanding.


Make plans now to give on May 1st during Give Local York. This is your chance to participate in the single largest giving day in York County. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. and continuing to midnight, you can make your online donation by going to and selecting the Hanover Area Historical Society donation page. Input your donation and just like that, you’ve helped HAHS!

Want to donate by check? You can do that, too! Make your check payable to Hanover Area Historical Society, date it May 1, 2020, and mail it to HAHS, P.O. Box 305, Hanover, PA 17331 in time so it arrives no later than Monday, April 27th. Those two things are critically important: date the check May 1, 2020, and mail it so it arrives by April 27th. That way, we  have time to collect your check and get it into the system so we get credit for it on May 1st. If it is not dated May 1, 2020, and received in time for us to enter it, we won’t get credit for it!

Why is Give Local York so important? Last year, HAHS raised a little more than $13,000 from donations and matching monies called “stretch pools.” In 2019, in addition to the online donations and checks, we had two in-person events that really helped us meet our goals. This year, because of COVID-19, we have to rely totally on the online and mailed-in check donations. Your donations and the stretch pool funds will help HAHS reach our 2020 goal of $15,000 and continue our work preserving the Hanover area’s history and supporting our new Hanover Area History Museum, opening as soon as possible. Hanover’s newest museum is located in the carriage house behind the Warehime-Myers Mansion. Come visit as soon as it opens, hopefully in June. And be sure to remember May 1st – Give Local York day!


Mission Statement

The Hanover Area Historical Society’s mission is to protect and promote the historical heritage of the greater Hanover area. The Society will selectively acquire, preserve, and provide access to historical buildings and sites and to artifacts and archives that have unique historical significance for this area. The Society will undertake related programs and activities for the educational, recreational, and cultural benefit of the people of the greater Hanover Area. Purpose The Society exists to foster interest in the historical heritage of the greater Hanover Area.

About Our Society

The Society was founded in 1965 by local citizens interested in protecting and promoting the historical heritage of the greater Hanover area.  In 1974 the Society purchased and restored the Neas House.  The process included eliminating a wing.  More recently, all the windows were repaired in the original style.  All the funding for the purchase and the repairs came from the community.  In October, 2007 the Society was given the Warehime-Myers Mansion at 305 Baltimore St.  The Mansion is open for public tours Wednesdays 10-3:15 and Saturdays 12-3:15.  Rental space is also available.  In 2014, the Society acquired spaces at 21 Baltimore Street, where it now has its office and the Yelland Research Library.  The Yelland Library offers a collection pertaining to the area’s history.  The Yelland Library’s resources are available to the public by appointment only.

The Hanover Area Historical Society is registered as a Charitable Organization with the Department of State, Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations under The Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act, 10 PS  162.1 et seq., and is authorized to solicit charitable contributions under the conditions and limitations set forth under the Act.