Thanks to all who worked on our award-winning exhibit the Story of Us

Story of Us

Story of Us wins PA award

Our 3,000-square-foot Story of Us exhibit with hundreds of photos and interactives was recognized by @Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations as one of the winners of its 2024 Special Achievement Awards.

The exhibit tells the story of Erie County, its founding and its residents. PA Museums is Pennsylvania’s statewide museum association with 350 members across the Commonwealth, including museums and historical organizations of many types and sizes.

Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to all the staff, vendors and volunteers who worked on this exhibit. 


Hey researchers — the Journal of Erie Studies 1972 to 1976 is now online

Journal of Erie Studies

Great news! The Journal of Erie Studies is online!

Our friends at Penn State University Press have created a digital version of our Journal of Erie Studies, published from 1972 to 2019. It was first published as a collaboration between the Erie County Historical Society, Mercyhurst University and later the Jefferson Educational Society.

A rebranded publication is currently in the works and will premiere in the coming months. The volumes from 1972 to 1976 are available now, and other volumes will be added until the archive is complete. This service is available thanks to the generosity of Penn State Libraries Open Publishing.   



Think you’ve seen everything at the History Center? Think again!!


History comes alive during our Archives Tour

Curtze Circle members will discover thousands of hidden artifacts during a rare tour with our Executive Director Cal Pifer

Wednesday, April 24 from 5:30 PM-7:00 PM

We promise an unforgettable evening filled with fascinating conversations, rare opportunities to see hidden history and refreshments.

This is an opportunity to delve into our private archives building, a space not accessible to the public. 

Members of the Curtze Circle (donors of $1,000 or more) participate in quarterly tours of private historic sites. If you'd like more information on the Curtze Circle, contact Geri Cicchetti

Members, to reserve your spot, email Pam Parker by April 19


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Host an Event

Create the wedding or event of your dreams in a Victorian mansion or rustic farmhouse, right in Erie County! Step back in time and enjoy the natural beauty of the Hagen History Center’s grounds for your special day.

Regarded as one of the best wedding and event venues in Erie, Pennsylvania, the Hagen History Center is the perfect backdrop for a Victorian-inspired, unforgettable experience.

Located in Erie, Pa., the Hagen History Center’s West Sixth Street Campus, which includes the Watson-Curtze Mansion and the President’s Room, is conveniently located near downtown Erie, close to hotels and Bayfront attractions. The Hagen’s Girard Campus includes the Yellow House, an elegant farmhouse situated on more than 130 acres.

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