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.


Caroling at the Bridge on December 5th from 6-8pm - Reviving a Christmas Past!

When thinking of the upcoming holiday season, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol proclaiming “good will towards our fellow man” might spring to mind.  The popular story of Scrooge, Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit certainly captured the essence of a Victorian Christmas in the mid-1800s. A time of high spirits, simple pleasures, good cheer, and charitable generosity.

The hearty folks’ Christmas contribution of the 19th century was to make the season a family affair. For one long, exciting winter month, adults and children spent extra time together sharing the seasonal pastimes of baking cookies and breads, decorating the house, and preparing homemade gifts for giving. Long ago, the holiday season truly was a Currier & Ives postcard version complete with door-to-door caroling.

It is in that spirit of cherished holiday traditions that the Hanover Historical Society seeks to recreate – uniting a community in a season of love, celebration, and joy – during the 10th annual Caroling at the Historic Bridge.

Join us on Friday, December 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the historic pedestrian bridge in downtown Hanover as we revive a Victorian community Christmas past. This family-friendly event is free – our gift to the community.

Area church and school choirs/groups will lift us into a festive spirit with their lively renditions of familiar songs and carols, interacting with audience sing-a-longs.

Everyone enjoys hot cider and cookies around crackling bonfires. Bring your cameras for instant memories of your child bundled up in an authentic one-horse open sleigh and meet one-on-one with Old St. Nick.

What a wonderful way to welcome the Christmas season and create a sense of community! Don’t miss it!

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Third Annual Pumpkin Decorating Festival in October 2014 was a well attended and fun event!

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

Thank you for joining us this year - we look forward to seeing you and the kids again next year!!


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.