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Frequent Questions

This section is a compilation of answers to the questions most commonly asked by visitors and members. If you can’t find the question you wanted to ask, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Does the Adams County Historical Society have a museum?

Since moving to our temporary headquarters at the Wolf House in 2011, a large portion of the Society's objects are in storage and inaccessible to the public. This will change when our new building opens in late 2022. Learn more about our capital campaign by clicking here. Currently, small portions of our collection are on display at the Seminary Ridge Museum (ticketing fee waved for ACHS members), David Wills HouseMary Thompson House, and Gettysburg Heritage Center. We also have a rotating display in the lobby of ACNB Bank in the Square of Gettysburg. 

Do I need any appointment to visit the ACHS research rooms? 

We are currently closed to researchers due to our ongoing capital campaign and move to a new facility. More information for researchers can be found here

Is there a fee to do research at ACHS?

All ACHS members and Adams County students may request research through our website free of charge. We will re-open our research rooms to the general public once our new facility is completed in 2022. Non-members may request research for a $30 hourly fee, with a minimum of 2 hours ($60).

What are the rules and regulations for researching at the Society?

Click here for a our research rules and regulations. 

I cannot travel to ACHS to do research. Will the Society research for me via mail?

Yes the society will do research for patrons for a fee. Please click here for more information on the research request process. 

How can I donate items to the Society?

The Society collects a wide variety of items related to the history of Adams County. To inquire about donating items to the Society, please email us at 

How can I request photographs from the Society?

ACHS can reproduce many photographs from the collection for personal or commercial use. Click here for more information about that process. 

What materials does ACHS possess related to the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg?

Click here for useful finding aids. 

How do I become a member of the Society?

To become a member, click here to complete our secure form, or download the printable form and mail in your membership form and check to P.O. Box 4325, Gettysburg PA 17325. 

Can I volunteer at the Society?

Yes, much of the work accomplished at the Adams County Historical Society is done by dedicated volunteers. Click here for more information. 

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