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Witness our unique heritage come to life at the Hershey History Center.  Explore exhibits chronicling the community built on chocolate, the military heroes that became world renowned, and the legendary hockey franchise that calls our town home.

Step back in time as you learn how our community's past has shaped our lives today. Children can discover interactive displays while guests experience a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, and archives defining our local narrative.  ​

 

We invite you to be our guest - visit, explore, and discover how the Hershey History Center (HHC) is making History Happen Here.

Welcome!

TRAINS AT THE TRACK
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Saturday, July 13. 10:00am to 4:00pm.

All aboard!! Join us on Saturday, July 13th for our 4th Annual Trains at the Track! Enjoy multiple and unique model train layouts from Capital PenNscalers NTRAK and an O-gauge train layout by the Lower Susquehanna Valley Modular Railroaders. This is a family fun event of interactive model trains, food trucks, entertainment, and kids' activities. Relax on our patio and watch the trains roll by!

JAZZ AT THE BARNYARD
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First Friday of the month. June to September. 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

Bring your lawn chairs and BYOB for LIVE jazz under the stars with an eclectic mix of jazz musicians and vocalists in the Hershey History Center's Barnyard. Free and open to everyone.

 

Four unique performances presenting a variety of jazz styles on the first Friday of the month from June to September. 7:00pm - 10:00pm.

 

  • Friday, June 7

  • Friday, July 5

  • Friday, August 2

  • Friday, September 6

MOVIE NIGHT!

Friday, July 19. Guests can arrive as early as 7:30pm. Film will start as soon as lighting permits. 

BYOB and lawn chairs to enjoy a screening of this Italian-themed movie on our patio. The movie is free. Everyone is welcome. Pronio's food truck will be there selling Italian food; so no need to make supper!

About the film: Made in Italy is a heart-felt comedy drama about a London artist and his estranged son who try to mend their relationship as they work together to repair a dilapidated house in Italy. With Yolanda Kettle, Micheál Neeson, Souad Faress, Liam Neeson. The film is rated R.

HIDDEN HISTORY

Friday, August 16. 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

Historian, author, and Hershey native, Professor Robert P. Watson Ph.D. will discuss the process of historiography, fun twists and turns in uncovering history, and what we think we know and what we don't know about the past.

Please let us know how many in your party plan to attend by sending an RSVP to: info@hersheyhistory.org and put "Hidden History" in the subject line. Thank you.

Books will be on sale at the program. HHC members receive a 10% discount.

YOUR VISIT
Library

EXPLORE the Hershey History Center's Library. Find a variety of resources for research on a range of topics related to Derry Township and Hershey. Independent research in the Library can be conducted by scheduling an appointment to visit.

Please call 717-520-0748 or contact us by email at research@hersheyhistory.org ahead of your visit to maximize your time.

Major Dick Winters Den

FOLLOW the museum map and virtual audio tour to guide you through the permanent exhibits, such as the Major Dick Winters' Den, and B'ars to Bears, and visit our most recently added exhibits, A Town Called Hershey, and From House Call to Phone Call.

Barnyard and Pavillion

REQUEST guided tours for groups by contacting us at 717-520-0748 or by email to info@hersheyhistory.org. Looking for somewhere to hold an event? Contact us about the facility rental at the Barnyard, perfect for weddings, graduation parties, and family gatherings.

ONLINE PHOTO ARCHIVE

The Hershey History Center has a collection of approximately 30,000 historic photos. We are continuously publishing updates to the collection for online searching, viewing and purchasing. Currently, there are close to 1000 photos to view in the database with more added regularly. If you are interested in purchasing a photo from the Archive, please email: photos@hersheyhistory.org

 

Visit the Photo Archive

Hover on a photo to show the Pause and Play buttons to stop the slideshow for a closer look.

EVENTS

We present events throughout the year, from our Preservation Tour,  Annual Preservation Gala, and  La Festa Italiana, to international tours, Trains at the Track, special presentations,  and Hershey Artfest, our annual celebration of artisans, fine art, and music.  Click on the link below! 

EXHIBITS

Our exhibits offer insight and perspective into our community’s history, before chocolate and beyond.  Interpretive displays tell the stories and bring to life the voices of those who shaped, built, and maintain our legacies and future.

DONATE

Your contributions help sustain our mission to preserve and promote the rich history of Derry Township and Hershey, PA.  

Consider joining as a member or giving a gift to help support our collections and programs, ensuring the future of our history!

Our Gift Shop
Looking for a unique Hershey souvenir, or a vintage-inspired gift?

Stop in to the Hershey History Center to shop for gifts for friends and family, or as a momento of your visit. Find lots of one-of-a-kind items and mission-based goods, as well as locally made products.  We are open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am to 3pm.

Members of the Hershey History Center receive 10% discount off purchases.

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our mission:

interpret

PRESERVE

PROMOTE

the history of Derry Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

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Programs and services provided in part by funding through the PA Historical & Museum Commission

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