Making the Stevens & Smith Center a reality.

The capital campaign for the Stevens & Smith Center has a goal of $24 Million, with $19 Million for design, construction, and exhibition costs, and $5 Million for endowment to support the ongoing operations of the Center. LancasterHistory’s multi-year campaign will rely on local and national support through grants, individual contributions, corporate gifts, and state and federal support.

A full-color image of the historic facades of Thaddeus Stevens' home and law office and the Kleiss Tavern on South Queen Street.
The law office and home of Thaddeus Stevens and Lydia Hamilton Smith on South Queen Street in Lancaster, PA.

How To Help

Support the Campaign with a Financial Contribution

Together, we can ensure that the courage and dedication of Thaddeus Stevens, Lydia Hamilton Smith, and others who fought for equality and justice will inspire generations to come. Your gift provides vital support for the creation of a world-class museum for all Americans in the heart of historic Lancaster.

To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Stevens & Smith Center Campaign, please click the button below to make an online gift. You may also call 717-392-4633, ext. 117.

If you wish to make a provision in your will or estate plan for the Stevens & Smith Center, or if you’d like to make a multi-year gift or corporate sponsorship, please contact Robin Sarratt, Vice President, at 717-392-4633, ext. 117 or

This is an ambitious undertaking, and the first of its kind in our region. Be part of the legacy and help us make history today!

Contact Us

For any questions about the project, please contact LancasterHistory at We’d be happy to talk with you about the Stevens & Smith Center!

A historical building in downtown Lancaster masked by an ampersand

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