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.


Fund the Book!

We've engaged in a fundraising effort to fund our next publication on the history of the Historical Bridge in Hanover.

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.

Bridge Documentary Video!

In stride with the forthcoming book, we are also producing a video documentary about the Historic Bridge.

Check back for updates and demo clips as we start getting the video compiled throughout 2016!