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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Charlotte Elizabeth Battles-A Woman Ahead of Her Time

Friday Dec 11th, 2020

Charlotte Elizabeth Battles (October 11, 1864 - December 17, 1952) was a woman ahead of her time. A college graduate, bank president, philanthropist, and community spirited, serving on the boards of several charitable and educational institutions. 

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A Proper Seat for Emmanuel: Personal Reflections on the History and Meaning of the Christmas Crèche

Thursday Dec 10th, 2020

This lavishly-illustrated presentation will trace the history of seasonal Nativity scenes as found in Christian households and churches from their origins in the ministry of St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) to the present day.

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Long Life & Happiness for All its Residents #35

Wednesday Dec 9th, 2020

You may have heard what the world’s oldest profession was but, in my research, I would dare say it is something you never considered – tanning. Without the manufacture of a soft leather that was resistant to decomposition, early humans

could not wrap something around their feet and survive in all types of climate and terrain; giving them “a step ahead” of what they hunted or what hunted them!

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Want to make a difference this holiday season?

Friday Dec 4th, 2020

Become part of history-in-the-making with your gift to the Hagen History Center during the 2020 Annual Fund through the United Arts Fund.   

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A Brief History of the Talon Zipper Company

Friday Dec 4th, 2020

We take the zipper for granted. It is on virtually every pair of pants and coats we wear every day. It has become something we both can neither live without nor overlook. The history of this commonplace item is a fascinating tale of invention, entrepreneurship and a booming industry that allowed one county to sidestep the Great Depression and produce a product so much a part of our everyday life. The zipper.

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Holiday Gift Bundles

Thursday Dec 3rd, 2020

Holiday Bundles have arrived at HHC & our online shop is live

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Happiness & Long Life for All Its Residents #34

Wednesday Dec 2nd, 2020

I will admit it publicly, I like trains.  I like everything about them.  As a real train lover, I have taken Amtrak many times (even in a sleeper car) and stayed at a Railroad enthusiasts’ Bed & Breakfast in Cresson, Pennsylvania, near the Horseshoe Curve – fabulous if you don’t like to sleep; a bit loud.  

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Famous Erie County Personalities

Friday Nov 27th, 2020

The blogs written by our staff over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic have been,  for the most part, about famous Erie County residents from the past. Mine included. These blogs have featured generals, admirals and captains of industry. This is all well and good, but I think we could use something light. Personalities that never won a battle, invented a longer lasting light bulb or cured a disease. Here are two examples of my attempt at a light blog.

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Victorian Holiday Goes Virtual

Wednesday Nov 25th, 2020

The Hagen History Center announces that our Extended Victorian Holiday is going Virtual! In these unprecedented times, the safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests are most important. Hagen History Center campus will remain closed to visitors and volunteers until further notice.

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Happiness & Long Life for All Its Residents #33

Wednesday Nov 18th, 2020

Without a full-time archivist on staff right now, occasionally things cross my desk that ordinarily would not.  For example, about 2 months ago I received a telephone call from a gentleman in Shreveport, Louisiana, who just purchased a scrapbook that he felt should come home to Erie.