Winter Speaker Series Announced

Thursday Feb 14th, 2019

Imperial Erie, presented by Ben Scharff 

Wednesday, February 20th, 7:00 p.m. at the Watson-Curtze Mansion

Erie County and Global Conflict, 1753-1815. This talk will explore Erie County's significant role in three imperial struggles:  The Seven-Years' War, the Revolutionary War (French and Indian War), and the War of 1812 thus situating the county in a broader global context than routinely acknowledged.  

Scharff is an author and Assistant Professor and Chair of the Thomas B. Hagan Department of History at Mercyhurst University.


The past and future of the historic Wood-Morrison House - from home, art center, office to education center, by Jeff Kidder

Wednesday, March 20th, 7:00 p.m. at the Watson-Curtze Mansion

 Jeff Kidder will explore the history of the home which has undergone 10 months of renovations and is now the ECHS Education Center. 

Registered in PA and NY, Kidder is an architect and partner at Kidder Architects.


Rediscovering Erie’s History by Becky Weiser

Thursday, April 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Watson-Curtze Mansion

Becky Weiser explains the process of deaccession used by the ECHS and how to care for the artifacts that are kept. This talk will cover the procedures and ethics involved removing the artifacts from the collection. 

An Edinboro graduate, Weiser is the curator at the ECHS.


Military Repatriation: Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise by Claire Varrieur

Wednesday, May 22, 7:00 the Watson-Curtze Mansion

Local genealogist Claire Varrieur will speak about her work assisting the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) in locating next-of-kin and other family.

DNA donors as part of the agency's ongoing efforts to bring home the remains of service members lost in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.  

Varrieur is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and holds a BA in Economics/Accounting and a certification in Genealogical Research from Boston University.