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Looking back over 50+ years of Mighty Fine Donuts and H&K Donuts

Nathaniel Clark, PSU Behrend intern at the Hagen History Center

Wednesday May 24th, 2023

Erie’s Mighty Fine Donuts and H&K Donuts are currently up for sale, and that means new owners could possibly continue the legacy of the northwestern Pennsylvania donut excellence.


Excellence in Menswear

Kelly Bucci

Wednesday May 17th, 2023

Have you ever visited a museum and been mesmerized by a piece of clothing or accessory you wish you could have for yourself? I’m here to tell you that you can. Or at least something very similar. This Wedding Wednesday post will take a look at formal menswear. Future grooms, pay attention!

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Erie's connection to horse racing tied to Algeria Farm

Courtney Baran

Friday May 5th, 2023

It’s a very common hobby and passion that one researches their family history. Genealogy lovers across the globe spend hours searching for those missing links to create beautiful family trees, and learn the mysteries of their family history. While genealogy researching is well-known, did you know that horse lineage and pedigree has an immensely complex history as well?


Happiness & Long Life for All its Residents #120

Becky Weiser

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2023

If you were to pick one building that symbolizes the City of Erie, what would it be?

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Vintage Style Shines in Erie

Kelly Bucci

Wednesday Apr 26th, 2023

Welcome to the HHC’s new wedding and special event blog! Our goal is to tell you about our venue spaces, their history, highlight current wedding trends, and feature local businesses. 

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Women making history: Meet Zanita Zacks-Gabriel and Andona Zacks-Jordan

Pam Parker 

Friday Mar 31st, 2023

For Women’s History Month, we’re thrilled to share that our neighbor has been making history for decades. And her daughter is following in her footsteps. At 402 W. Sixth St., Zanita Zacks-Gabriel and her daughter, Andona Zacks-Jordan, are great role models.


Happiness & Long Life for All its Residents #116

Becky Weiser

Wednesday Mar 29th, 2023

In my journeys through the city of Erie, there is always a beautiful house that catches my eye. There is a house not far from the museum on West 6th Street, that for years I have referred to as the “Holland” house and have admired. Well, I just learned that for years, I have been wrong.


Happiness & Long Life for All its Residents #115

Becky Weiser

Wednesday Mar 22nd, 2023

Erie has no shortage of bars and social clubs. Especially in this post-COVID world, it feels good to get out, see people and get involved in something fun. I recently did that when I joined the Polish Falcons, Nest 610 on East 3rd Street. You do not have to be of Polish descent to belong, although I am 25% Polish. I needed to educate myself, and now you, about my new club.


Happiness & Long Life for All its Residents #114

Becky Weiser

Wednesday Mar 15th, 2023

Sometimes when I sit down to write this blog, I get hungry. My mind then wanders to good cooking and then back to the museum collection because it is such an important part of my life.  As I ponder our collection and food, my thoughts naturally are drawn to the extensive Griswold cast iron cookware we maintain. 

The Griswold Manufacturing Company hired the N.W. Ayer & Son advertising firm to promote themselves and what they came up with was highly effective. Please read the following:


Happiness & Long Life for All its Residents #113

Becky Weiser

Wednesday Mar 8th, 2023

I think I have this blog all buttoned up! I was doing research on some lesser-known Erie manufacturing companies and found that we had some shells and buttons from the Keystone Button Works here in Erie.