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Saturday from the Archives

Saturday May 2nd, 2020

In her 1900 diary, Clara Petrat reveals many common incidents involving candy and ice cream, sending letters, cleaning & sweeping, sewing her handkerchief, going to club, violent storms striking and burning buildings, and going to Waldameer and ‘four miles creek’, and a fight between her Papa and Mama.

Since she was a German immigrant, she is going to school to learn English composition.

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Vlog #4 French Creek Feeder Canal

Friday May 1st, 2020

Museum Educator, Jeff Sherry, lands in Meadville, PA to teach us about the French Creek Feeder Canal.

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"Long Life & Happiness for All Its Residents" #5

Wednesday Apr 29th, 2020

With its cute face and little ear perked up; the dog pictured above brings me much happiness.   The company that produced him had a long and well-known life here– the Griswold Manufacturing Company. 

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Covid-19 Pandemic is a Teachable moment on Native American History

Wednesday Apr 29th, 2020

Viruses have been shaping American history since Europeans began traveling regularly to North America five centuries ago.

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Watson-Curtze Mansion 1st Floor Virtual Tour

Tuesday Apr 28th, 2020

Take a tour of the Watson-Curtze Mansion with Museum Educator, Jeff Sherry. 

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Making History Gala

Monday Apr 27th, 2020

Join us for the Making History Gala as the Hagen History Center celebrates the opening of the first floor of its new exhibit building on Thursday, July 9, 2020.  (Note the date has been changed to July 9.)  The gala will unveil this new jewel on West 6th Street and its place in Erie’s rich history.  

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Saturday from the Archives

Saturday Apr 25th, 2020

This diary is presented exactly as Clara Petrat wrote it.  April, May, June pages are missing from the diary. 

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Vlog #3 War of 1812 Private

Friday Apr 24th, 2020

This Friday, Jeff Sherry, Museum Educator, discusses an early uniform used in the battle of 1812 for a regular infantry private. 

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Long Life & Happiness for All Its Residents #4

Wednesday Apr 22nd, 2020

Looking across Peach Street from the Selden fountain, one can’t help but notice an elaborate building that most residents of our region will recognize.  Now known as the Erie Club, it was the home of Charles Manning Reed (1803-1871), a member of the city’s most prominent family during the nineteenth century.  I say “prominent” because the family name is found 42 times in the 1888 book, more than any other.  C.M. Reed’s Grandfather, Seth Reed was a Revolutionary War veteran and is noted to be the first settler in Erie County in 1795. 

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Penn State Behrend students prepare Marketing Plans for the Hagen History Center again in 2020

Tuesday Apr 21st, 2020

For the second year in the row, Penn State Behrend marketing students have worked on a project to write marketing plans for the museum to attract visitors under the age of 30. This is a demographic the museum staff knew hasn’t been effectively reached.