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Lancaster Historical Society

Lancaster Historical Society was established in 1969 with a mission to preserve Lancaster’s heritage, protect it’s  historic buildings and sites, and educate the public. The Society owns, operates, and maintains the Historic MKT Depot, built in 1888, and the Memorial Rose Garden, created as a Sesquicentennial project in 1986. Meetings are held every other month beginning in January on the third Sunday of the month at 3:30 pm at the Depot. Programs are designed to illustrate Lancaster’s history, famous and infamous people, places, and things. The Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.


Memberships and Donations

Membership in Lancaster Historical Society demonstrates your committment to our community and your support of the Society’s mission. Three levels of membership are offered – Individual at $15; Family at $25; and Business at $35. Donations, at any level, are always welcome!

Join now or make a donation

Donations and dues are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.


Annual Events

In addition to our general meetings, the Society also hosts several annual events throughout the year. View our all our events on our Calendar.

  • February – Valentine “Chocolates and Champagne” Fundraiser
  • May – Dinner in the Rose Garden Fundraiser


Historic Landmark Designations

The Society works with owners of historic homes and landmarks to establish historical status. If you are interested in pursuing historical status for a site, please review criteria in the application below . The Society also works with City of Lancaster, with a member of the Society represented on the Historic Preservation Committee.

Application for Lancaster Historical Preservation Marker

Submit an Online Application for Lancaster Historical Preservation Marker.


Meet the Officers of the Board of LHS for 2016-2018

President Jer Giles
Vice President Jim Hicks
Secretary Patricia Siegfreid-Giles
Treasurer Carol Strain-Burk


We appreciate and thank the volunteers who served as Officers of the Board of LHS in the past.


Questions, Comments, or Feedback?

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MKT Depot and Rose Garden 225 East Pecan Street    map

just east of Centre Street, south of the town square, in Lancaster, Texas.

Society snail mail to: PO Box 173, Lancaster, Texas, 75146

MKT Depot and Rose Garden - 225 East Pecan Street   map
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