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.


Third Annual Pumpkin Decorating Festival Coming in October 2014!

Click any thumbnail photo to get a closer look at all the fun from previous years!

Know what goes together with kids and Fall? Pumpkins and costumes! So, gather up the little ones and spend the afternoon at the Hanover Historical Society's third annual Pumpkin Decorating Festival.

Join us on Saturday October 18th at 3:00pm - Settlers Park Shelter (behind City Hall).

You bring the kids / grandkids and we'll furnish the pumpkins and art supplies. Decorating is from 3-4 p.m.

Once again, there will be a costume contest, so kids, come in your favorite Halloween costume for a chance to win prizes. You must be present to win.

Costume judging is at 3:15 p.m. with the pumpkin decorating judging at 4 p.m.

Here's what's happening in a nutshell:

  • Free pumpkins for kids to decorate
  • Kids' pumpkin decorating competition age categories: preschool, 6-8 years, 9-12 years - with prizes awarded
  • Kids' costume contest - same age categories - with prizes awarded
  • Have your picture taken with Rowdy the Scarecrow - bring your own camera
  • Play Needle in the Haystack
  • Free cookies and orange drink

Whether you dress up or not, don't miss out on a fall afternoon of pumpkin fun! If you have questions, contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Event goes on rain or shine.

The 4th Annual Antique Vehicle Show at the Hanover Harvest Festival was a tremendous success for exhibitors and patrons alike!

As part of the Hanover Harvest Festival, the Hanover Historical Society sponsors the Car Show for this wonderful yearly community event.

For 2014, the event was once again held at the corner of 5th St. and C.R. 19 - just North of the Fire Station.

We would like to thank:

O'Reilly Auto Parts - St. Michael branch and store manager Ryan Suckow supplied all the trophies!

Di-Mon Graphics - Diane Ingalls helped us out big-time by supplying screen printing services for the event t-shirts!

Local Boy Scout Troop 563 - they supplied great food and refreshments the day of the event!

Here's some photos from this fun event over the years:

Check out our exhibit at BankWest featuring a theme that changes with the seasons.

Treasures Uncovered™ and Valued

In April 2013, we presented our first ever Antiques Appraisal event at City Hall.

The event was such a tremendous success, that we invited the appraisers from Appraisal Specialists Midwest back again this year!

Thanks to those that joined us at Hanover City Hall on Saturday, April 12th 2014!

There was a silent auction held during the entire event, which was well received.


The 2014 event was presented by the Hanover Historical Society and sponsored by these fine Hanover businesses: Maverick Construction, and West Air Heating & Cooling. Please consider them when looking for remodeling or HVAC services.