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



Long Life & Happiness to All its Residents #38

Wednesday Dec 30th, 2020

Erie has had its many reasons to celebrate and during the Summer of 1913, citizens remembered Oliver H. Perry’s victory of the Battle of Lake Erie in a big way.  Most of us know the story of the building of the fleet here and battle near Put-In-Bay Ohio, but what happened after September 10, 1813 and what was that celebration in 1913 like?


There’s still time….

Monday Dec 28th, 2020

Make a year-end, tax deductible gift to the Hagen History Center and become part of Erie’s downtown resurgence!


Happiness & Long Life to All its Residents #37

Wednesday Dec 23rd, 2020

The title of this blog is “Happiness & Long Life”, however; war is neither.  William Tecumseh Sherman of Civil War fame stated “War is hell”.  Still, some of us tend to romanticize past wars being “Monday night quarterbacks” to events that happened long ago and were so ugly that only those involved in the modern military should study so as to not repeat the horrors.  Thousands of volumes have been written about the Civil War so today I hope to briefly honor those from Erie County and the surrounding region who served in the American Civil War.


2020 Awards Employee, Local Historian, Media

Saturday Dec 19th, 2020

Because of COVID, annual awards were given out differently this year. 

Phil Cochran-Erie’s Famous World War II Pilot

Friday Dec 18th, 2020

Philip Gerald Cochran was born in Erie in 1910. As an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps, later Army Air Force, Cochran developed air combat, air transport and air assault methods during World War II that revolutionized operations, especially in the China-Burma-India (CBI) theater.


2020 Volunteer's of the Year

Thursday Dec 17th, 2020

Volunteers at Hagen History Center are some of our most cherished assets. This year we awarded three of the very best volunteers the "2020 Volunteer of the  Year" Award. 


Long Life & Happiness to All its Residents #36

Wednesday Dec 16th, 2020

Our “Victorian Holidays” is a little different this year at the Hagen History Center due to the pandemic.  What once was a joyful time of admiring the beauty of the Watson-Curtze mansion in person has become a virtual tour.  It is available on our website, so if you have not seen the tour yet please check it out, the building is beautiful! 

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First to Eleven - Blue Christmas Music Video shot in Watson-Curtze Mansion

Tuesday Dec 15th, 2020

Local Erie Rock Band, First to Eleven, performs their cover of "Blue Christmas" shot in the Watson-Curtze Mansion.


Remember to check your list twice!

Monday Dec 14th, 2020

Don’t know what to get for the person who has everything?  Why not consider a membership to the Hagen History Center?


A History of Griswold Cast Iron

Sunday Dec 13th, 2020

Founded in Erie in 1868, Griswold had a world-wide reputation for high quality, cast iron cookware.