Resources & Collections

Some of the many research opportunities the Society offers include:

  • Loose-leaf binders containing local obituaries
  • Cemetery records for surrounding cemeteries
  • Archived genealogy books
  • The Bulletin [Mount Joy newspaper] from 1901 to 1975
  • Census records from 1800 to 1920 [available to read and print from our in-house microfilm reader]
  • More than 100 loose-leaf notebooks containing articles on various subjects
  • Mount Joy High School yearbooks
  • School memorabilia & newspapers
  • Local and regional maps
  • Local videos

The museum houses many displays of its extensive collection of Mount Joy artifacts and local business memorabilia—all arranged as a unique exhibit.

Every year, the Historical Society publishes an historical journal on a subject of the Mount Joy area. These annual journals and other merchandise are offered for sale at the museum and through the website.

We’re always looking for new members!

Available Books

Books are available for sale at the Historical Society’s Museum, located at 120 Fairview Street, Mount Joy. All books are $10.00, unless otherwise noted below.   Add $4.00 for postage and handling per book if mailing is required.

Topics include:

First Public School – Marietta Avenue
Cedar Hill Seminary (private girl’s school from 1837) and the Diary of Teenager in 1853
K. T. Keller and Mount Joy’s Community Exhibits
General Joseph Farmer Knipe, Mount Joy’s Civil War General (plus the diary of a Mount Joy soldier never before published)
The last Mount Joy High School (before the Donegal School District was formed)
Mount Joy’s Greatest Generation (Mount Joy during World War II with 39 interviews and a chapter on the home front) $15.00 plus $4.00 Shipping Charge, if necessary
Early Mount Joy Tool Makers
Mount Joy Artists of the 19th and 20th Century
Carriages and Cars – A Tale of Two Streets
Welcome to Stauffertown
Trains and Trolleys in Mount Joy
Meet Florin
Let’s Go to the Movies
Short Stories About Mount Joy
Fire and Water
Mount Joy Memories – $22.00 plus $4.00 Shipping Charge, if necessary
Leisure Time In The 1800s
World War I–The War That Began 100 Years Ago

Available Research Resources at the Museum:

  • Obituary information from 1901 to present, plus some from the 1800′s
  • Inventory records of everything in the building
  • Cemetery records for all Mount Joy and surrounding area cemeteries
  • Microfilms of Mount Joy newspapers from 1901 to 1980
  • Microfilms of Lancaster County census records from 1800 to 1920
  • One hundred-plus loose-leaf notebooks containing important articles, categorized by subject
  • Local atlases and all known local maps from 1825 onward
  • Genealogy books
  • School records
  • Mount Joy newspaper scrapbook
  • Research files
  • Pictures
  • All research journals published by the society
  • Local videos/DVDs
  • Copier for your use
  • Microfilm reader with attached printer

Please Note: The Historical Society is a non-profit organization that relies on private contributions for its operating expenses. Society members will do research upon request. An hourly donation of $20.00 with a one hour minimum will be accepted for doing this research. Photocopies cost $.25 per copy.