Last weekend, the Lebanon County Historical Society opened its doors to the public for its free annual open house.

The location at 924 Cumberland St. was set up for the holidays, with a brightly decorated Christmas tree and even a visit from Santa.

Volunteers were stationed throughout the site during the Sunday, Dec. 3, event to assist visitors and answer questions. A few were even in costume.

Volunteer Ed Martel stands by the Stoy Museum’s Union Canal exhibit, dressed as Union Canal superintendent William Lehman. Lehman was the namesake of Lebanon’s Lehman Street.

Visitors to the open house could also self-guide tours of the historic Stoy Museum.

A recreation of what a Lebanon storefront would have looked like a few hundred years ago.

The museum offers a glimpse into what life in Lebanon has looked like through the decades.

Some of the objects that may have been used at an historic Lebanon barbershop.

It is typically only viewable by tours on Saturday mornings or by appointment throughout the week.

A variety of historic woodworking tools.

Visitors could also view a wide variety of model trains, as well as an interactive set.

A train set in the Historical Society basement.

The gift shop, containing a variety of souvenirs as well as books on local history, was also open during the event.

The Lebanon County Historical Society collects historic documents and records for Lebanon Valley. Members can view the Hauck Research Archives, containing over 3,000 records, as well as utilize other benefits. Find more information about the organization at

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Emily Bixler was born and raised in Lebanon and now reports on local government. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and going for hikes.


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