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.


Antiques Appraisal Event!

In April 2013 and 2014, we presented our Antiques Appraisal event at City Hall.

Even though we've skipped a year, the event was such a tremendous success, that we have invited the appraisers from Appraisal Specialists Midwest back, and will be holding the event once again!

Please join us at Hanover City Hall on Saturday, April 16th 2016.  Doors open at 9:00am, and the event starts at 10:00am.

The event will go until Noon, and a silent auction will be held during the entire event.

To donate items for the silent auction, or if you have any questions, please contact Claudia Pingree at 763-498-8435 or by email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Cost is $5 for up to 2 items, or $1 admission to watch all the fun.  There will be FREE refreshments for everyone!

ASM is also willing to offer a discounted appraisal fee for Pre-Scheduled appraisals on the day of the event.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for move details on this awesome offer!

DOWNLOAD THE EVENT FLYER to get all the details.


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!