Hanover Historical Society lands in new location for now

This vintage band uniform and drum is one display available for viewing at the new Hanover Township Historical Society museum located at the former NAPA Auto Parts building on state Route 9 in Hanoverton. (Submitted photo)

HANOVERTON — Four years ago the Hanover Township Historical Society moved its displays and other museum items into storage when it was without a building, but now the organization has a new location for the summer.

Historical Society president Joann Lucas said the society was able to move the museum into the empty NAPA Auto Parts building that is connected to Snyder’s Hardware on state Route 9.

Lucas said Snyder’s Hardware owner Roger Snyder offered the society the empty building next door on a temporary basis, but the society hopes it could become a permanent location.

The museum opened to the public at its new location June 1 and will remain open from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m the first and third Saturdays of each month.

“We are hoping that more people get to know we are there now and see the history that we have there, and get new members,” Lucas said.

The museum was originally located in the 1898 Hanoverton School House on Second Street, but had to move in late 2014 after the Ruritan club sold it and the new owners wanted to turn the building into something different.

“We couldn’t find anyplace to go so we had to put it all in storage,” Lucas said of the items that make up the society’s museum. “I never thought it would be four years, but we have been looking at places that people have offered and nothing really seemed right for us, until now,” she said.

In addition to the location at the NAPA building, the society was also offered a display case at United Local.

While some things remain in storage, Lucas said a lot of the displays at the new location are centered around the military, since the museum opened shortly after Memorial Day.

The museum also features several binders of pictures and information about Hanoverton’s history that people can sit down and look through, Lucas said.

“We just want to let them know we are still here,” she said.