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Incorporated in 1940 but with origins dating to the 1880s, the Adams County Historical Society houses over one million documents, photographs, and historic artifacts significant to the 300+ year story of one of America's most fascinating communities. 

Our members enjoy free access to thousands of genealogical and land-related records dating back to the 1700s. These include published and unpublished family histories, family and subject files, local newspapers, original deed books, yearly tax ledgers, wills and estate files, rare private collections relating to Adams County and the Battle of Gettysburg, a large library, and thousands of original photos and media.

Below are our membership levels, all of which provide, among other things, free access to our archives and complimentary access to the Seminary Ridge Museum.


Membership Levels Exclusively for Students and Teachers

Student Membership ($10): Open to all K-12 students and those at the college or university level — free use of the archives, 4 free photographic/document reproductions (scanned or paper copy) annually for items not exceeding 8.5" x 14".

Educator Membership ($20): Open to current educators at any grade or university level — free use of the archives, 10 free photographic/document reproductions (scanned or paper copy) annually for items not exceeding 8.5" x 14''.


General Membership Levels

Supporting Membership ($40): Free use of the archives, annual subscription to our newsletter, invitations and reduced fees to all regular member events, tours, and trips, reduced fees for all workshops, courses and seminars, unlimited complimentary access to the Seminary Ridge Museum, and the satisfaction of knowing your dues support the important work of ACHS!

Family Membership ($60): All the above benefits, plus free use of the archives for four permanent residents of your household.

Patron Membership ($120): All of the above benefits plus free use of the archives for all permanent residents of your household, a 10% discount on ACHS books and merchandise, and invitations to all special events and tours. Enjoy Free access to more than 1,000 other museums across American through the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association

Bermudian Settlement Membership ($250): All of the above benefits plus a $25 gift certificate and a Family Membership to be given to the recipient of your choice.

Carroll’s Delight Membership ($500): Your dues at this level offer you a special opportunity to make a significant annual contribution to our operating budget. We offer you all of the benefits above plus our Heritage Package which includes a family membership to the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation.  Benefits of the Heritage Foundation include: a subscription to Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine, including PA Heritage's newsletter; free unlimited general admission to the PHMC's historic sites and museums for 2 adults and all children and grandchildren under 18 (special events may have an additional fee); invitations to special Signature Series events; and a 10% discount on most merchandise ordered through (does not apply to non-PHMC Commonwealth publications).  Schedule a private behind-the-scenes tour of the ACHS headquarters featuring a "show & tell" of rare items in the collections for up to 6 guests.  Receive a special "guest of" membership card which may be used throughout the year for your guest to enjoy free access to the archives.

Digges' Choice Membership ($1,000): Dues at this level and above offer you an extraordinary opportunity to make a significant annual contribution to our operating budget. This enables us to achieve significant annual goals.  We offer you all of the previous benefits plus a family membership in the National Trust for Historic Preservation which includes a subscription to their award-winning quarterly preservation magazine, discounts at over 500 historic places worldwide including all National Trust historic sites across the country, and 10% off the best available rates at Historic Hotels of America for two adults and all children under 18 in your household.  Also, receive a $50 gift certificate annually.

NEW: Corporate Partnership Program - Become a 2020 Partner!

We are offering a new business partnership program in 2020. Please click HERE for more information.


To become a member of the Adams County Historical Society using our secured system, complete the fields below or click HERE to print the downloadable PDF form and mail your membership to the Society. All memberships are good for one year from the date of joining. Members will receive confirmation of their membership and a membership card via the regular mail.

You can also set up your membership to renew automatically each year by calling us during business hours: (717) 334-4723, ext. 3. Please leave a message with Althea Riley, ACHS Administrative Director. ________________________________________________________________________________________


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