Hanover Historical Society

Bridging the past with the future while preserving history and enhancing a sense of community.


Welcome to the online home for the Hanover Historical Society, stewards of the past for the City of Hanover, Minnesota.

Hanover's Historical 1885 Iron Truss BridgeThe mission of the Hanover Historical Society is to identify, preserve, and disseminate knowledge about the history of Hanover through collections, preservation, distribution of historical information, as well as advocate for preservation of historic buildings, monuments and markers.

Young and old comprise our membership as well as new residents mixed in with life-long Hanoverians. Take an active role in activities or assist behind the scenes if that’s our comfort level. Yearly membership is only $12.

To learn more about the Hanover Historical Society, browse this site and use the membership pages to find information and forms.


Save our Historical 150 Year Old Burr Oak Trees in Settlers Park by Signing the Petition!

We are astonished that the Hanover City Council did not consult with any member of our organization before deciding to CUT DOWN 5 OR MORE HISTORIC BURR OAK TREES IN SETTLERS PARK to combine 2 existing softball / baseball fields into one larger field - and then hand control of the property over to the Hanover Athletic Association.

Make no mistake, we fully support the other non-profit organizations in our community that are seeking more and better playing surfaces, however we are very concerned that this project is not only slated to cut down 5 of the 12 Burr Oak trees in the park located just behind the Lion's Shelter, but will also have adverse effects on any of the Oaks that are left standing after the completion of this ball field construction project!

The site for Settlers Park was chosen based on this grove of "old growth" trees.  We will always be able to build more ball fields, but we will never be able to get back these Historic relics that are older than the City of Hanover itself!

Show your support by SIGNING THIS PETITION showing support for simply looking at other options for ball field construction that do NOT include destroying a piece of the History of Hanover!













Fund the Book!

We've engaged in a fundraising effort to fund our next publication on the history of the Historical Bridge in Hanover.  Contribute Online Now using the "Go Fund Me" links to the right ->

The Hanover Historical Society has commissioned a new book.  Tentatively titled Planks of History, Mary Coons, author of Safe From the Outside World, is researching and writing a book based exclusively on Hanover’s historic pedestrian bridge and the history of the Crow River.

The 5”x7” book will be an accompaniment to the bridge documentary film currently in production, whose focus is on modern history and bridge renovations along with the opening scene of the canoe reenactment of Jacob Vollbrecht first arriving in the area. The Historical Society felt the book would be an excellent complement to the documentary with its slightly different slant. As a tangible product, the public can own the book whereas the documentary will not be sold.

YOU CAN HELP - and have your name or business listed in the back of the book!  DOWNLOAD THIS DOCUMENT FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION on how you can help fund the next book about the History of Hanover's Bridge.

Documentary Video Project!

We are also currently filming a documentary video on the history of Hanover and the surrounding area, with an emphasis on the Historic Bridge itself.  This effort coincides with the writing and printing of the new book specifically about the bridge, but explores some of the historical events that took place before the bridge was erected, and documents the deck restoration taking place today!