Strong Vincent-“What Death More Glorious”

Friday Aug 28th, 2020

On July 2, 1863, Colonel Strong Vincent was mortally wounded on the slopes of a rocky hill south of Gettysburg, called Little Round Top. At age 26, Vincent commanded a brigade in the Federal Army of the Potomac. A Harvard-educated lawyer before the outbreak of the Civil War, Vincent had no formal military training. He was a quick learner, however. It was Vincent that chose the spur of ground part way up the slopes of Little Round top-the military crest, not the topographic crest, that would allow his men to fall back to higher ground if forced to.


Long Life & Happiness to All Its Residents #22

Wednesday Aug 26th, 2020

Erie County is home to many small villages and towns and each one has its own feel with completely different energy than the largest community in the County, the city of Erie.  The 1888 book that I refer to for this blog is strictly about the city, but I want to expand my discussion into the county a bit.  The first town I would like to talk about is Waterford.  



JFK Visits Erie-September 27-28, 1960

Friday Aug 21st, 2020

1960 was an election year. Just as we as Americans look to this November to vote again for a Presidential candidate, the people of the United States looked forward to choosing between the nominee of the Democratic Party, Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, and the Republican nominee, Vice President Richard M. Nixon.

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Long Life & Happiness to All Its Residents #21

Wednesday Aug 19th, 2020

Something I think is fun to do as Curator of the Erie County Historical Society is to look at an object in our collection and just find out as much as I can about it.  I want to know who made it, where the factory was located, how it worked, and the people who made it. 

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Long Life & Happiness to All Its Residents #20

Wednesday Aug 12th, 2020

Presque Isle State Park is the most visited park in Pennsylvania, and to those of us privileged to live nearby, it is no surprise why.   The park is a relatively new concept for the peninsula, and I was fascinated to learn a little about its history.

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Why give to ECHS during Erie Gives?

Monday Aug 10th, 2020

This year there’s even an extra incentive for children, and adults, to visit the ECHS museums.

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What’s in A Name? Everything!

Friday Aug 7th, 2020

What’s in a name you ask. Like many houses along Erie’s Millionaire’s Row, West 6th Street, The Watson-Curtze Mansion has two names. So, who were the Watsons and the Curtzes?

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Long Life & Happiness to All Its Residents #19

Wednesday Aug 5th, 2020

Truly, there is no finer place to spend Summer than in Erie, whether that was in 1888 or today.  This Summer has been particularly fine with blue skies and warm temperatures.  Prior to the pandemic, there were plenty of events to attend and places to visit.  Now, not as much, so mentally I’ve been placing myself in some of Erie’s resorts in the 1880s.  Come visit them with me now.

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Why give to ECHS during Erie Gives?

Monday Aug 3rd, 2020

Because it is important for children to visit museums.  Museums open a world of imagination and exploration while learning. 

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1892: “It Was a Very Good Year”

Friday Jul 31st, 2020

From a historical standpoint, the year 1892 was certainly one filled with events known to most Americans. 1892 was also the first full year the family of Harrison F. Watson, Erie roofing paper magnate, and his family lived in the beautiful West 6th Street mansion, now the jewel of the Hagen History Center campus.