EXHIBITS  & COLLECTIONS

DEDICATED TO PRESERVING HERSHEY'S HISTORY 

EXHIBITS & COLLECTIONS

The Hershey Derry Township Historical Society is home to over 50,000 artifacts and photos. 

 

Browse  through our museum and learn about the early settlers of Derry Township and the community of Hershey.

Featured exhibits.....

  • Before There Was Chocolate...There Was Stone

  • History of the Hershey Transit Company & trolley system

  • Beyond Band of Brothers: The Legacy of Major Dick Winters 

  • B'ars to Bears: A History of the Hershey Bears

Explore our museum exhibits, enjoy our rich history, and learn about the people who shaped this area.  As a community History Center your experience and access to our history is part of our mission.  Come visit us and explore our collection.

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FROM B'ARS TO BEARS

Permanent Exhibit

This exhibit presents a thorough history of the American Hockey League's most storied and successful franchise, featuring items from the Hershey History Center permanent collection and items on loan from former Bears as well as other pieces culminating over 80 years of Hershey Bears history.

BEYOND BAND OF BROTHERS 

Permanent Exhibit

In 2012, the estate and family of Major Dick Winters donated the personal belongings to recreate Winter's personal office.  Explore through Winter's artifacts, books, military memorabilia as it was during his leadership in World War II.  

BEFORE THERE WAS

CHOCOLATE

Permanent Exhibit

Before There was Chocolate illustrates the early quarry industry that supplied brownstone to the entire east coast and as far west as St. Louis, and the local community of Waltonville that evolved to support the industry.

OTHER COLLECTIONS

PHOTO ARCHIVES

Past Perfect Online Archive

Visit and explore our online database

Past Perfect.  A digital archive of thousands of photographs in our collection

 

To meet with our photo archivist to research our photo collection at the History Center, send a message to make an appointment request.

RESEARCH LIBRARY &

ARCHIVES

Our research library and archives are available for members to research our records for genealogical and regional historical research.  

Send an email to request an appointment to meet with the History Center Librarian.

ROTATING EXHIBITS 

Our temporary exhibit space reveals a more detailed view into a featured theme from our collections and community. 

Visit us to learn more about the stories and the people that make our community unique.  

LEARN MORE 

MANAGING COLLECTIONS

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View the History Center’s artifact collections storage and see how we care for and implement preservation for our collections.

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We're very proud of our extensive collections that have been entrusted to us.

Our diverse collections tell the fascinating story of Derry Township.

- Susan Mittan, Volunteer