Lehigh County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1904, dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the history of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. The Historical Society and Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum are located at 432 West Walnut Street in Allentown.Lehigh Valley Heritage MuseumThe Lehigh County Historical Society is headquartered in the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, a state-of-the-art 30000sqft museum facility with four galleries and more than 10000sqft of exhibition space. Recent exhibits have included exhibits on the Civil War, on Pennsylvania Germans, and its current exhibit on the American Revolution. The Museum maintains an extensive collection of local and regional historical materials, with more than 35,000 historical artifacts in its collection.Scott Andrew Trexler II Research Library & ArchiveThe Lehigh County Historical Society's library, the Scott Andrew Trexler II Research Library and Archive, houses 70,000 vintage photographs and nearly three million historical documents. Included in its collections are more than 800 volumes of church and cemetery records for Lehigh and neighboring counties, early county records (tax rolls, wills and land deeds), indexed marriage records and announcements, 800 volumes of family genealogical histories, city directories (1860 onwards), maps, census records and published histories. The library also maintains microfiche versions of many of Allentown's early German and English-language newspapers. Access to the library is free for Society members; a small fee applies for non-members.
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