In 2016 the Historic Preservation Trust is celebrating our 50th anniversary of working to preserve the historic sites and buildings of Lancaster County. Our County is far more urban, more developed and more metropolitan then it was in 1966 when the Trust was founded. Historic sites and buildings have never been more threatened than they are right now.

In our first 50 years the Trust has focused on saving one building at a time. Our successes include restoring the Sehnor-Ellicott Von Hess House, the Watt & Shand and Thaddeus Stevens facades. The Trust also manages easements on 26 buildings and sites to protect them for the enjoyment of future generations. As we look to the future we want to leverage our efforts by engaging preservationists in all 61 Lancaster Municipalities. It is at the local level where preservation issues are ultimately decided. A strong program of education and advocacy in every community is our goal. We are recruiting members who will attend municipal meetings and advocate for preservation of local historic sites and buildings. We understand that not all members will be able to engage in these grassroots efforts but your membership will help the Trust to do this work and represent your interests.

We very much hope you will join us to expand our efforts to bring our preservation program to all 61 municipalities in the county. Membership gives you access to all Trust archives, services and membership prices for the 2016 Architectural Tour, Annual Awards Banguet and all 2017 events including the Gourmet Gala. If you have any questions about our 2016 and 2017 events or about your membership, please contact our Membership person Dick Lundgren at 617-676-8554 or