Shippensburg Historical Society


Founded in 1945, the Shippensburg Historical Society is a private,
non-profit membership organization dedicated to collecting, preserving,
and sharing the rich history of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania and the
surrounding area.

Current Headline Exhibit:

“Snapshots of Shippensburg: Our History in Photographs”

It is a certain truth that a picture is worth a thousand words. But this ability to capture a moment in time is one that hasn’t always been as accessible as it is today. Here in Shippensburg, we are very fortunate to have a rich history of photography and a wealth of photographs that date back to the very beginning of the trade. From the first flashes of Shippensburg’s first photographer in 1856 until now, much has changed in Shippensburg. So join the Shippensburg Historical Society as we celebrate the work of these few photographers that have documented our history through every step with our new exhibit “Snapshots of Shippensburg: Our History in Photographs”.

The grand opening for the display will take place between 6:00pm and 8:00pm at the Stewart House, 52 West King Street, Shippensburg, PA on May 8th. For more information, please contact the Shippensburg Historical Society at 717-532-6727, or find us online at, or email us at We hope to see you there!

A Call to Membership, 2015:

Spend the new year with the Shippensburg Historical Society!  Membership brings with it access to member-exclusive events, a year’s subscription to the SHS newsletter, and discounts on copier fees for in-house research. Every member helps us to connect with the community and share the history of Shippensburg. For more information and to download a membership application, click on the “Join” tab!

For existing members, yearly dues are coming up for many of you at the beginning of 2015. You will have a 4-month period from the beginning of the calendar year to renew your membership.

About Us:

The Society is supported by over 300 members and dozens of active volunteers who help us serve the Shippensburg community. Membership is open to anyone interested in the history of Shippensburg, and new members are always welcomed. The Society’s headquarters are located in the historic Dr. Alexander Stewart House, a beautiful eighteenth-century limestone and brick mansion located in the heart of Shippensburg’s Historic District. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Shippensburg Historical Society’s rich collections include a library of local history books, archival materials, photographs, obituary clipping files, maps, framed objects, clothing, and artifacts that document the history of Shippensburg from its founding in the 1730s to today. Researchers, genealogists, and students may use our collections during our public hours or by appointment. There is a research fee of $ 2 for patrons who are not members of the Shippensburg Historical Society. The research fee guarantees access to our library, genealogy, archival, and photographic holdings. Members of the Shippensburg Historical Society have access to these resources free of charge, as do students. There is a minor charge for photocopies for members, students, and non-members.

Visitors are invited to tour our exhibits featuring unique Shippensburg artifacts. Permanent exhibits include our display of Central Pennsylvania Indian arrowheads and tools, an extensive collection of Works Progress Administration educational aids used in Shippensburg during the Great Depression, the Dr. Alexander Stewart medical collections, and a collection of Shippensburg area pottery. Changing temporary exhibits also feature other unique items from our holdings. Regular dinner meetings feature lively presentations delivered by knowledgeable speakers on Shippensburg and Pennsylvania history.

If you are interested in local history, or if you are curious about discovering more about the rich history of the Shippensburg area, we hope you will come see us at the Stewart House. We look forward to exploring the history of Shippensburg with you!

The Shippensburg Historical Society is generously supported by the Alexander Stewart, M.D., Foundation; Richard and Mary K. Hosfeld Trust, and the Shippensburg Area United Way.

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 1:00-4:00 pm, or by appointment

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