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Executive Director of Erie County Historical Society to Retire

Friday Oct 29th, 2021

The executive director of the Erie County Historical Society-Hagen History Center will retire at the end of the year.

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Announcing the 54th Annual United Arts Fund

Thursday Sep 9th, 2021

Established in 1967, the United Arts Fund, which is managed by Erie Arts & Culture, supports the arts and humanities in Erie’s urban core by providing unrestricted funding to the Erie County Historical Society- Hagen History Center, the Erie Philharmonic, the Erie Playhouse, the expERIEnce Children’s Museum, and the Flagship Niagara League. The annual United Arts Fund also supports Erie Arts & Culture's Ignite Arts grant program. 

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The Joe Natalie Show visits Hagen History Center

Saturday Aug 14th, 2021

On Friday, August 13, The Joe Natalie Show visited Hagen History Center to take a tour of the new and remodeled facilities, including the Watson-Curtze Mansion, Wood-Morrison House, and brand new Exhibit Building.  

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Hagen History Center raises $28,251 during Erie Gives 2021!

Wednesday Aug 11th, 2021

Thank you for your donation during Erie Gives!

With your generosity, The Hagen History Center raised $28,251 with 115 donors!


A fun weekend in Girard celebrating Dan Rice Days!

Jeff Sherry

Monday Aug 9th, 2021

Every year during the first weekend in August, the Borough of Girard, Pennsylvania, holds Day Rice Days, a summer celebration that features a chicken barbeque at the volunteer fire company, music, a Saturday morning parade and, of course, a wide variety of food vendors. Each year, the Hagen History Center opens the two houses belonging to the Battles family estate.

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History Detectives Summer Camp under way!

Pam Parker

Wednesday Jul 28th, 2021

Kids are back on Hagen History Center Campus and inspired by history!  More than 20 middle-school students are enjoying our History Detectives Summer Camp this week. 


Successful ReOpening Weekend

Pam Parker

Wednesday Jul 21st, 2021

Thanks to everyone who came down to visit us on our recent grand reopening weekend. More than 2,000 people were inspired by exhibits, history and festivities that brought new life to the corner of West Sixth Street and Chestnut Street.  

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2021 Annual Meeting and Awards

Pam Parker

Thursday Jul 15th, 2021

The Hagen History Center had a beautiful night for its 2021 Annual Meeting and Local Historical Awards presentation on Wednesday. More than 60 Hagen History Center members were in attendance! 

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Andy's Awesome Adventures travels to Hagen History Center

Wednesday Jun 30th, 2021

Andy Teach otherwise known on Youtube as "Andy's Awesome Adventures" has traveled to 50 countries on all 7 continents but doesn't consider himself a professional travel vlogger. Andy is "just a guy on vacation who tries to help you figure out where to travel and how to travel, as well as giving you some history about your destination."


Sign up now for our History Detectives Summer Camp!

Tuesday Jun 29th, 2021

Hagen History invites students in grades six through eight to join us for our History Detectives Summer Camp!


Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet Arrives at Hagen History Center

Monday Jun 28th, 2021

On Friday, June 25th, Frank Lloyd Wright's 1931 Cord L-29 arrived at Hagen History Center's New Exhibit Building. 

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Original Battles Bank Sign Returns to Historic Location

Friday Jun 25th, 2021

On Thursday, June 24th at Girard’s Summer Solstice Party, Executive Director, George Deutsch, presented the original sign from the Battles Bank to the new property owners, Jon and Gina Welsh. 

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Battles Museum of Rural Life Organizational Survey

Thursday Jun 17th, 2021

Hagen History Center along with Girard Borough are exploring how we can better serve the Girard area effectively in the long term.  Your answers to the survey below will provide essential input to inform these efforts in the history of Girard. We are also exploring ways we can collaborate and partner with the community more.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic San Francisco office comes to Erie, Pennsylvania

Tuesday Jun 8th, 2021

Frank Lloyd Wright’s original San Francisco office has been rebuilt in Erie, Pennsylvania. It will be available for visitors to
walk through for the first time on July 17 when the Erie County Historical Society-Hagen History Center reopens.

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Commemorative Book Launch

Monday May 24th, 2021

The Commemorative Book Launch for the book, Answering the Call, Erie County, Pennsylvania, in World War One, will take place on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Hagen History Center, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

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Theresa Gamble is Director of Library and Archives at Hagen History Center

Sunday May 23rd, 2021

Theresa Gamble has joined the Hagen History Center in Erie as Director of Library and Archives.

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Girl Scouts visit Watson-Curtze Mansion

Monday May 10th, 2021

Curator Becky Weiser took Girl Scout Troop 17009 through the mansion where six Scouts had the experience of being curators for a few hours, in addition to learning about strong women. The girls earned their Women in History patches.