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Located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the Adams County Historical Society preserves and protects over one million historic items that tell the story of one of America's most remarkable communities. Join us and travel back through over 300 years of history.

 

HOLIDAY CLOSING: The Adams County Historical Society will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Thursday, Nov. 28 - Saturday, Nov. 30. We will reopen on Wednesday, December 4. 

 

Did your ancestors live in Adams County? Do you own a historic property in the area? Want to learn more about how average people dealt with their community becoming the site of the largest battle ever fought in the western hemisphere? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, the Adams County Historical Society (ACHS) is the place for you!

Founded in 1940 but with origins dating to the 1880s, ACHS holds Adams County’s most precious documents, including vital records, church records, wills and estate papers, tax ledgers, deed books, family collections, 100,000+ photographs, business and organization records, and so much more. Our headquarters is also home to the Battle of Gettysburg Research Center, a library and archive assembled by and for students of the Civil War with an emphasis on the role played by local civilians before, during, and after the Battle of Gettysburg.

 

 

Our Impact

  • Visitors this Year

    728

  • Volunteer Hours This Year

    4,108

  • Historic Collections Saved

    10,734

  • Historic Items Cataloged

    58,338

Recent Posts and Articles

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Learn about innovators from Adams County.

  • The Adams County Historical Society preserves thousands of priceless photographs, and has done so diligently since its founding in 1940. The society’s work is vitally important to protecting Adams County’s rich historical past, and I have been a proud member and supporter of ACHS since 1982.

  • Larry C. Bolin
    Larry C. Bolin
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