We Need Your Help


New Exhibit Coming Soon

Coming this fall to the Hagen History Center is a yet to be named hunting and fishing exhibit. With the goal of shedding light to Erie County’s history of outdoor traditions, we would like to ask any in the community who are willing to donate or loan items for this exhibit step forth and contact us.

Items of interest to the exhibit are:

  • Taxidermy objects such as bear, deer, or rabbits or buckskins and such
  • Antique/older hunting apparel
  • Older Game commission maps, licenses, brochures
  • Traps for various animals for example rabbit, beaver, martin/mink
  • Antique firearm advertisements/catalogs
  • Antique ammunition boxes/advertisements
  • Old hunter safety course materials
  • Antique fishing/ Ice fishing gear
  • Antique woodsman equipment

If you have any of these objects and are willing to donate or loan them to the Hagen History Center, please contact curator Becky Weiser at bweiser@eriehistory.org.


Victorian Halloween

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Sunday October 9th

Share in spirited realities of Victorian life and death amid the candlelit rooms on the
Hagen History Center campus
356 West 6th Street
Erie, PA 16507

During this family-friendly event, visit four rooms by candlelight where you’ll:

1. Hear the cringeworthy legend of 1790s General Mad Anthony Wayne's death and the grisly use of the pot on display. He's buried in two places!

2. Witness Victorian funeral rituals coming to life as we cover the mirrors, pictures and windows and introduce customs of sin eaters, hair jewelry and more.

3. Be mesmerized by the spiritualist beliefs of the Victorian Era.

4. Dig into wicked good fun, traditions, trickery and tastes of Victorian era Halloween celebrations.

Thanks to our sponsors Erie Insurance and Erie Community Foundation

More Murder and Mayhem Erie

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Walking Tour
October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29

Join Justin Dombrowski, local author of Murder and Mayhem in Erie, Pennsylvania as he guides you on a tour of seven locations throughout Downtown Erie and accounts tales of grave robbing, bizarre deaths and terror. Highlights include The Phantom Burglar's Reign of Terror, the strange death of Virginia Gibney, and the 1911 extortion of the Strong family.

TOUR START: Meet by 6:45PM at Erie County Courthouse, 140 West 6th Street, Erie PA

TOUR END: Near 9th and Sassafras St, Erie PA (a seven minute walk from the tour start)

Each night is limited to 16 people. Tours will happen rain or shine (if weather is severe, cancellation and refund will occur). Dress for outdoor walking.

Purchase tickets here


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