Science Education in Erie Schools – Objects in our Collection

Brian Graff, Volunteer

Wednesday Jan 5th, 2022

STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) is an acronym that teachers, students, and parents have used for years to group together scientifically oriented academic disciplines. The NSF (National Science Foundation) formalized the term STEM in 2001 and it has been used widely since. But long before STEM became an acronym, teachers in Erie were educating students in those topics. What was teaching STEM like 40-60 years ago in Erie schools?


Happiness & Long Life for All its Residents #74

Becky Weiser, Curator

Wednesday Dec 29th, 2021

Going through the collection, I became inspired by this dress, beautifully made and worn by a girl taking part in 1915.

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Happiness & Long Life for All its Residents Christmas Edition

Becky Weiser

Friday Dec 24th, 2021

As I begin the process of clearing my desk for a fresh beginning in the New Year, I found a cookbook buried.  Printed in 1885, it is a “Cookbook of Tested Recipes prepared by the Ladies of the First M.E. Church, in Erie, PA”.  My Christmas gift to each of you, my gentle readers, is a reprint of a few of the recipes from that book.  If you attempt these seasonal favorites, please let me know. They are certainly different!


Long Life & Happiness for All its Residents #73

Becky Weiser, Curator

Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2021

Which former Erie County resident coined the phrase “Go West, young man, go West”? This same person also ran for President of the United States and helped to form public opinion during the Civil War. 

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The “Lucky Lou”-The Story of Charles A. Curtze and the USS St. Louis at Pearl Harbor

Jeff Sherry, Museum Educator

Monday Dec 20th, 2021

On the fateful morning of December 7, 1941, the first major American ship to make it out of Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack was the cruiser the USS St. Louis. On board was fleet safety officer, Charles A. Curtze, would help the ship earn her nickname-“Lucky Lou.”


Happiness & Long Life for All its Residents #72

Becky Weiser, Curator

Wednesday Dec 15th, 2021

The ever-changing weather here in Erie County is always a topic of discussion among residents.  Fortunately, we don’t get extreme weather very often. 


“Meet Me Under the Clock”- The Boston Store, Erie, PA

Jeff Sherry, Museum Educator

Friday Dec 10th, 2021

“Meet me under the clock,” inside the store on the first floor, a phrase the is sure to stir up fond memories of a longtime Erie landmark-The Boston Store. Black and white wooden roadside signs told motorists every 15 miles  how far they were from this downtown Erie department store, the shopping destination before plazas and malls changed the landscape forever. With the holiday shopping season underway, let’s take a look back to the days before online shopping.

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Residents commemorate 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

Bill Welch

Monday Dec 6th, 2021

On this 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, we should remember at the sacrifices that people with Erie County connections made then and throughout World War II.   The war reached into nearly every aspect of American life in those years and forever changed this county, this country and the world.


Happiness & Long Life for All its Residents #71

Becky Weiser

Wednesday Nov 24th, 2021

I believe I confessed in an earlier blog that I like trains.  I like watching freight trains, riding in a passenger car, or eating in a dining car.  I guess that makes me a small-time railroad enthusiast or part of the railfan culture that really does exist.  If you want to meet hard-core railfans, I suggest a stay at the Station Inn in Cresson, Pennsylvania.  I have only stayed there twice.

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We Celebrate 400 Years of Thanksgiving Traditions and Myths

Jeff Sherry

Tuesday Nov 23rd, 2021

On the fourth Thursday of November since 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln declared it a national holiday, Americans have celebrated Thanksgiving with a feast. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce topped off with pumpkin pie for dessert.