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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Thankful Thursday

Thursday Sep 17th, 2020

Rob has been with Hagen History Center / Erie County Historical Society since the beginning of 2018 working under Maintenance and Facilities. Rob is tasked with keeping our entire Campus (4+ buildings!) clean. When we asked him “What has been the biggest change since COVID-19?” Rob replied “There’s a lot more to do! Daily disinfection, about sums it up!”



Happiness & Long Life for All its Residents #25

Wednesday Sep 16th, 2020

It’s time to celebrate Erie history!  I can’t believe this is my 25th installment in this fun look at all things Erie adding to our happiness and long life.  Every celebration deserves presents so I’m giving you a look of Erie County objects that rarely see the light of day.  Enjoy this virtual exhibit of the common and not so common.  Long live Erie history and the people past and present who make it happen! 

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Hagen History Center Announces Public Auction

Tuesday Sep 15th, 2020

The Hagen History Center/Erie County Historical Society currently has about 14,000 objects in the 3D collection that they are keeping.  These objects are in a computer data base, are bar coded and are being stored properly for the long term.  The Society wishes to deaccession, or remove from the collection, about 600 objects that have no real connection to Erie than perhaps being used here, and an auction will take place  October 15th at Ploss Auction in Corry starting at 3:00 pm. Many of these things are in need of repair or they are duplicates of finer examples that are being kept.  To maintain such a large number is very expensive and there is no possibility of everything being exhibited, ever.   The Board of Directors and staff at the Society have anticipated this move and the curatorial staff have been working on separating the relevant from the irrelevant for about 3 years.  The money raised at the auction will go for the care of the collection that remains

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H.F. Watson Vlog

Friday Sep 11th, 2020

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Long Life & Happiness for All its Residents #24

Wednesday Sep 9th, 2020

“One of the best organized, best disciplined and most efficient fire departments in existence.”  This quote from the 1888 “A Souvenir of Erie, Penna. Illustrated” is true today I’m sure.  Without the brave men and women of our fire departments, and the state-of-the- art equipment maintained by them; our city would not be the safe, comfortable place it is to reside.  Let’s look at its history.

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Big Blend Radio: Exploring Erie, Pennsylvania

Tuesday Sep 8th, 2020

Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team on the Love Your Parks Tour, and publishers of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine and Parks & Travel Magazine, for Big Blend Radio’s Vacation Station Travel Show,  broadcasting live from the historic Spencer House Bed & Breakfast in Erie, Pennsylvania.  

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Happy Birthday, Carrie T. Watson!

Friday Sep 4th, 2020

Carrie T. Watson, born September 4, 1853 would be celebrating her 167th birthday today!


Happiness & Long Life for All Its Residents #23

Wednesday Sep 2nd, 2020

I see it almost every day.  You have probably seen it yourself, either as a student going through the museum or as an adult touring.  That’s right…the Wayne pot.  Having seen it or not, you may not believe the story, but it is true.  As I retell it now, I must issue a warning though.  This story is not in my general theme of happiness and long life, but it is a good one and as far as I know, it is true.


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.