Hagen History Center Announces Public Auction

Tuesday Sep 15th, 2020

 On October 15, 2020, The Hagen History Center will host an auction of deaccessioned artifacts from Erie County.  The auction will be held by Larry Ploss of Ploss Auction at 234 West Washington Street, Corry PA  16407, beginning at 3:00 pm.

Items in the auction include antique beds, chests of drawers, trunks, baby carriages, chairs and tables among many other large objects.

The above items have been deaccessioned.  This is a process whereby the museum staff and board members review items deemed inappropriate to the permanent collection.   Final decisions are made by the Curator, Executive Director and Chairperson of the Collections Committee of the Board of Directors.

Items can be deaccessioned if they fall outside the scope of the collection parameters, better examples have become available for inclusion in the permanent collection, or there are duplicate items.  

The Hagen History Center recently contacted the smaller community museums represented by the organization Erie Yesterday as well as surrounding counties. Following best practices for museums, artifacts were offered as donations to the smaller museums first.  Items remaining will be sold at the public auction to raise funds for the purchase, care and preservation of the items in the permanent collection at the Hagen History Center.

Items will be photographed and will be included on the Ploss Auction website,, for review prior to the October 15.

Curator Becky Weiser will speak about the auction at the Hagen History Center’s Speaker Series on October 7, 2020 at 7pm.   This talk will be live on the HHC’s Facebook page,

For additional information, contact Curator Becky Weiser at or at  814-454-1813 x 21, or go to

The Erie County Historical Society (ECHS)/Hagen History Center (HHC) is the only comprehensive Erie County, PA, historical museum.   The HHC’s mission is to engage and inspire a diverse audience by exhibiting links to the past, understanding the present and guiding for the future, while preserving the history of Erie County, Northwestern Pennsylvania and our national heritage. The HHC engages the community through dynamic educational programs, inspiring exhibits, community building programs and relevant publications.  We preserve collections representing over 200 years of our history. Our archives and collections serve as a comprehensive and accessible resource for researchers, educators, students, and the public.