The Watson-Curtze Mansion will be close Saturday, October 23rd, at 2 PM for a private event. Rain checks will be issued. 

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Hair Wreaths

Wednesday Oct 20th, 2021

When people hear that we have objects made of hair in our collection at the Hagen History Center, they tend to become grossed out. Yes, they are made of real human hair! Women in Europe and North America created these objects to pass time.

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Symbols in Wood and Stone-Carvings and Symbolism at the Watson-Curtze Mansion

Friday Oct 15th, 2021

Visitors to the Watson-Curtze Mansion on the grounds of the Hagen History Center in the heart of Erie’s “Millionaire’s Row, West 6th Street, will notice, even before entering, the many intricate carvings in the mansion’s Medina sandstone exterior, as well as in the ornate interior woodwork.

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Hamot Coach

Wednesday Oct 13th, 2021

It may not look like it at first, but this is a child’s toy. One of my personal favorites since I was lucky enough to find it back when we were doing our State Street storage clean out. It is a beautiful coach that belonged to the Hamot family, yes, the same Hamot as the hospital here in Erie (see blog #6).

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The Evolution of Bicycles

Wednesday Oct 6th, 2021

I always love getting to see the evolution of things and felt this would be a fun one.  Several sources I looked at made it sound like there is no defined history of the bicycle. This seemed to be the best, and most agreed upon history.

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The Battle of The Thames- October 5, 1813.

Friday Oct 1st, 2021

On September 10, 1813, Oliver Hazard Perry’s American naval squadron defeated and captured an entire British squadron at the Battle of Lake Erie, northwest of Put-In-Bay, Ohio. It was the first time an entire British squadron was captured. this great victory made the Americans the masters of the lake.

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Happiness & Long Life for All its Residents #69

Wednesday Sep 29th, 2021

As you read this, Curatorial Assistant Amanda Rockwood and I will be presenting at a national museum conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Afterwards, we are going to take a couple well deserved vacation days and relax in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and soak in the mineral waters.  The plan is to visit “bath house row” and enjoy the historic ambiance when it was popular in the late 1800s, early 1900s.

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First Lieutenant Clark Olds Tayntor of 511 Chestnut.

Monday Sep 27th, 2021

On September 4, 2021, the house that had been located at 511 Chestnut St, Erie PA, was demolished. While it was determined that the building had no significant historical or architectural importance, one of its inhabitants was certainly noteworthy in Erie history. 

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The Culbertson House

Friday Sep 24th, 2021

The Culbertson House is located on Main Street in historic Girard, PA.

The Hon. William C. Culbertson built the house from 1894-1896.  Culbertson was born in Edinboro, PA and was a prominent manufacturer and banker. He served as a representative in Congress from 1889-1891, representing the 51st District. 

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Happiness & Long Life for All its Residents #68

Wednesday Sep 22nd, 2021

Here at the Hagen History Center, we have had the privilege of working with architect Jeff Kidder and contractor Mike Jefferys multiple times on various types of construction projects and exhibit development.  Their office is in the city’s oldest, still standing building, the Dickson Tavern.  What is the history of this 1815 building which is currently surrounded by the modern UPMC Hamot Hospital?

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Found in the Archives!

Thursday Sep 16th, 2021

Occasionally, a blog will appear called, “Found in the Archives!” so to assume any regularity is entirely irresponsible—but the Processing Archivist likes to think proactively so:

This week’s exciting, “Found in the Archives!” at the Hagen History Center is a once a month or two kind of find.