The Library’s Historical Museum was established in 1863 and consists of a permanent and eclectic exhibit of historical artifacts relating to Lancaster. The collection represents a wide assortment of items, including: local Civil War memorabilia, pre-historic tools, Elias Sawyer c1704 plate, 19th century locally manufactured items, documents, photographs, maps, prints, signs, pottery, tools, bottles, local church and public and private school memorabilia, local period clothing and costume samples, local 19th century physician’s instruments, native-born Luther Burbank memorabilia, furniture, Lancaster Elm memorabilia, and miscellaneous artifacts from the Lancaster Town Poor Farm, and numerous other fascinating samplings with local historical, educational and cultural significance.
The Museum, handicapped accessible, is located on the second floor of the Library and is maintained by the Board of Library Trustees. Public access to the Library’s Historical Museum is arranged by the Library Director.
The Library maintains a variety of temporary exhibits housed in the Current Topics Case on the main floor. Currently Breaking Chains, an exhibition on abolition and anti-slavery groups, containing pamphlets, newsletters, and newspapers is on exhibit until the end of August.