Welcome to the Lehigh County Historical Society
CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 UPDATE:
Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum Closed
The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum galleries are closed until further notice. The safety and health of the public is our paramount concern, and we will continue to remain closed to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Effective July 13th, our Research Library resources will be available to researchers by appointment only. For details see Library Hours below.
Thank you, and stay safe.
Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum/
Lehigh County Historical Society
The Lehigh County Historical Society is one of the largest historical societies in America. Our 30,000 square foot headquarters museum, the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, is a state-of-the-art climate-controlled facility that houses one of the finest historical research libraries in the state of Pennsylvania. The Heritage Museum includes 6 galleries with more than 13,000 square feet of exhibits.
Founded in 1904, the Lehigh County Historical Society is the official county historical society of Lehigh County. The Society administers 7 museum sites that date from Colonial America through the Industrial Revolution. Our collection encompasses more than 35,000 historical artifacts, 200,000+ vintage photographs, and 3-million+ documents.
History provides a sense of proportion and perspective in people’s lives. A person’s knowledge of history creates a more balanced and tolerant individual. Visit us today; together we are proving that history matters!
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum galleries will be closed until further notice.
New Research Library Use Procedures during COVID-19
Effective July 13th, our Research Library resources will be available to researchers by appointment only. In order to provide quality service to our Research Library patrons, while continuing to prevent the spread of coronavirus in our community, we will be allowing researchers access to our collections through the following procedures. While Library resources are available, the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum is temporarily closed to general visitors.
Researchers are required to make appointments for sessions from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Each appointment is for one person only. We require that you request the records and documents that you want to research in advance. This will allow us to process your request quickly and efficiently.
Our Library Reading Room is not spacious enough to safely accommodate all Library patrons at this time. The archives will be open on a modified basis. Please call us at 610-435-1074 to schedule an appointment. Once your appointment is confirmed, submit a list of the research materials you need via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail your request to the attention of Jill Youngken. Please keep in mind that we need sufficient time before your appointment to prepare materials you have requested.
A photocopy request form must be filled out to request photocopies, which must be made no less than 30 minutes prior to the end of your research session. Copy fees are .75 cents per letter-size page, .80 cents per legal-size page, and $1.50 per ledger-size page. We do not allow scanners or camera in research areas. Payment is required immediately after copies are made.
The spread of Covid-19 infection remains a real and serious threat to human health. Therefore, our institution takes social distancing, the proper wearing of face masks, hand washing and all other Center for Disease Control guidelines seriously. To insure the safety and health of our visitors, we conduct temperature checks and require all visitors to answer a list of routine and prudent questions during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy. We have a legal responsibility to make our facilities clean and safe by conducting daily and hourly cleaning. Your cooperation and understanding is appreciated.
We look forward to welcoming everyone. We want to make your visit safe and enjoyable. To do so, we require that you wear a face mask, and practice social distancing that conforms to the Pennsylvania Governor’s directive, and CDC guidelines while using the Library resources. For additional questions or information, please call Joseph Garrera at 610-435-1074.
Admission is Free to members, non-member adults pay $8.00 per visit. We appreciate the opportunity to be of service, and thank you for your interest.
Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, Research Library, and outlying sites are normally closed major holidays.
Please note: The Museum galleries are closed until further notice.
Museum & Library Admission: $8 adults, $3 children (2-11); Members FREE
For cars (our lot is not accessible to buses due to narrow side streets; please see below for bus directions): to our parking lot: From US-22 take PA 145 south 1.8 mi. to Walnut St. Turn left on Walnut .2 miles to 5th St. Turn right on 5th St. to the first side street on your left. Turn left into this side street and proceed one block to another side street. Stop to yield right-of-way before crossing this side street. After crossing the side street, you will see 3 small parking lots on either side of the street; you may park in any of these. Street parking is also available.
For buses: to our bus drop-off area: From US-22 take PA 145 south 1.8 mi. to Walnut St. Turn left on Walnut .25 miles to the site at 432 W. Walnut St. You will see a bus pull-out on your right. Your vehicle may be left there while the tour takes place, but we do ask the following:
1. Please shut down the engine as a courtesy to our neighbors.
2. Please remain with your vehicle in case it needs to be moved for another group to drop off. If you are asked to move your vehicle, you may usually find street parking by proceeding down Walnut to 4th St. Turn right on 4th to Martin Luther King. Street parking can usually be found on Martin Luther King.
Photography Policy for Properties Owned by the Lehigh County Historical Society*
Requests for photography or filming must be requested in writing in advance.** Requests will be reviewed by the Chief Curator. Thank you for your cooperation.
*This policy applies at the following sites owned by the Lehigh County Historical Society
· Claussville One-Room School
· Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum & Museum Campus Grounds
· Historic 1770 Trout Hall & Grounds
· Historic 1756 Troxell-Steckel Farm Museum Site & Grounds
**Please send your request to:
Jill Youngken, Chief Curator/Assistant Director
Lehigh County Historical Society
432 W Walnut Street
Allentown, PA 18102
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