Hagen History Center will be closed Friday, September 17th to Sunday, September 19th. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 21st at 10 am. 


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National Radio Day

Friday Aug 20th, 2021

Who hasn’t talked about the radio? Modern music still refers to the radio in songs, R.E.M. wrote about it in Radio Free Europe in the grungy 1990s, and Queen wrote the smashin’ hit Radio Ga Ga in 1984.

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The Sewing Machine and Synthetic Dyes

Wednesday Aug 18th, 2021

Our clothes today come in so many different styles and colors which was unimaginable to people back in the 1800s when clothes were sewn by hand and dyes had to come from natural sources. So, how did we get to the point where we could buy colorful clothing cheaply off the rack?

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Pennsylvania Historic Markers-A Roadside Attraction Since …1913

Friday Aug 13th, 2021

As you drive across the highways and byways of Pennsylvania, it won’t be long before you see the familiar blue and gold (Pennsylvania’s state colors) historic markers commemorating a person, place, innovator or event of note in that area. Over 2,300 of these cast aluminum  markers dot the landscape of the commonwealth.


The Changing Silhouette of Victorian Women’s Fashions – The History of the Corset

Wednesday Aug 11th, 2021

The earliest recorded instance of corsets in history is from the Minoan people. The Minoans were a group of people who lived in proximity of Greece on the island of Crete around 1,000 BC. The earliest image of a corset comes from a figurine of the Minoan snake goddess where she is depicted wearing a corset-like garment. The Minoans and other Grecian people desired the image of a small waist, so corset-like pieces were worn to achieve this effect.


Dan Rice and Dan Rice Days in Girard, PA

Friday Aug 6th, 2021

Each August, the Borough of Girard, Pennsylvania, in western Erie County, celebrates Dan Rice Days, a community tradition named after circus owner, entrepreneur and clown. Who was Dan Rice?


The Changing Silhouette of Victorian Women’s Fashions -1890s

Wednesday Aug 4th, 2021

Fashion during the 1890s accumulated all the changes and trends that had occurred during the 19th century.


The Changing Silhouette of Victorian Women’s Fashions -1880s

Wednesday Jul 28th, 2021

1880s fashion was much more slender than the previous decades. In fact, women were often heavily restricted due to how slender these dresses were. There were two main styles of women’s dress in the 1880s, the first of which was the princess line. This style was extremely tight and body hugging which gave women a slender silhouette. It also focused on putting decoration on the lower back.


A Tragic Story-One Family’s Sacrifice

Friday Jul 23rd, 2021

The story of staff-sergeant Jesse G. Salajczyk of Erie, Pennsylvania, is a sad and all too typical story of loss and sadness in World War II. An exhibit case in the new Admiral Thomas Weschler Military Gallery in the restored Wood-Morrison house on the campus of the Hagen History Center features his story.


The Changing Silhouette of Victorian Women’s Fashions -1870s

Wednesday Jul 21st, 2021

The shape of dresses in the 1870s changed dramatically in several ways. The shape of the skirt now accented the rear of the wearer. The globe-like appearance of dresses in the 1860s was altered. Dresses now featured a skirt that was flat in the front but protruded backwards more so than the older globe shape. This type of skirt was called the first bustle style.


Mail Pouch Barns: A Fading American Icon

Friday Jul 16th, 2021

Today all forms of tobacco are known to be cancer-causing so some younger readers may not realize the extent of advertising by tobacco companies throughout the United States. One such form was the Mail Pouch Tobacco Barn.