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General Richard E. Ellsworth, U.S. Air Force

Friday Jan 15th, 2021

Brigadier General Richard Elmer Ellsworth was a true pioneer in the use of weather reporting and research for the Air Force during the Cold War. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, on July 18,1911, Ellsworth joined the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1929 and was accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1931.

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History of Waldameer

Thursday Jan 14th, 2021

Brian Gorman, Vice President of Operations at Waldameer and Water World will examine the history of one of the region’s oldest and iconic amusement parks from the beginning to today.

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Long Life & Happiness for All its Residents #40

Wednesday Jan 13th, 2021

Do you remember last Summer?  Beautiful and mainly rain free, the Coronavirus encouraged everyone to go outside as much as possible and I did!  Long walks were the order of each day and I even got a chance to visit some areas of the city that I had never explored before.  Maybe you have heard of them, walked through these areas, or perhaps even live there, however; it was a first-time real treat for me. We have such great tucked away treasures in Erie.  The following are two such areas.

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History of Saint Patrick Church

Monday Jan 11th, 2021

Saint Patrick Parish in Erie, known as the "Spirit of the Bayfront" stands as the oldest Catholic Parish in the city since 1837.  

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Victorian Holiday Virtual Tour Last Chance

Saturday Jan 9th, 2021

This weekend is the final weekend to view our Victorian Holiday Virtual Tour sponsored by Erie Federal Credit Union. 

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Harry Kellar- "Dean of American Magicians"

Friday Jan 8th, 2021

Heinrich Kellar, known as Harry, was born to German Immigrants in Erie, Pennsylvania, on July 11, 1849.

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2020 ECGRA Lead Asset Endowment

Thursday Jan 7th, 2021

This year marks one decade of #ECGRA investing in its nine Lead Asset organizations. The strategic decision to sustain Lead Assets in perpetuity by creating the Erie County Lead Assets Endowment has extended the long-term impact of gaming revenue in Erie County. 

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Long Life & Happiness to All its Residents #39

Wednesday Jan 6th, 2021

If you live in the Erie area, I am sure you have seen this beautiful building that is part of Gannon University downtown.  This 46-room mansion was built by William Scott but was incomplete by the time of his death.  The mansion was left to Scott’s daughter, Annie, in his will.  The unfinished mansion cost $480,000 ($13,887,360 today) to finish and was furnished at a cost of $800,000 ($23,145,600 today).

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Archives Building Behind the Scenes

Monday Jan 4th, 2021

Take a behind the scenes look at our Archives building!

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Erie Astronaut- Paul J. Weitz

Friday Jan 1st, 2021

The population of Earth is approximately seven billion. Only 550 have flown in space, fewer than two-thirds have been Americans. Only 12 humans have walked on the moon, and all were Americans. Erie’s Paul J. Weitz (1932-2017) is truly a member of a very small group known as astronauts.