The Watson-Curtze Mansion will be close Saturday, October 23rd, at 2 PM for a private event. Rain checks will be issued. 


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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.

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Battles Farm Conserved for Public

Thursday Jul 30th, 2020

“The Battles Farm acquisition will protect the property from being subdivided, fragmented or developed, which benefits the local community, economy, water quality of Elk Creek, and wildlife,” David Skellie, LERC board president and coastal land use specialist for Pennsylvania Sea Grant, said in a statement.

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Hagen History Center archives chronicle African-American heritage in Erie County.

Thursday Jul 30th, 2020

Erie native Howard R. Horton was a humble man who stressed often to his 11 children that there is dignity in work, and that education, learning and productivity are cornerstones of a better life.

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Long Life & Happiness to All Its Residents #18

Wednesday Jul 29th, 2020

Imagine you are a Civil War veteran that was badly wounded during the war.  You came home but could not work to provide for your family, and had a lifetime remaining with a body which did not adequately serve you any longer.  What would you do?  Where would you go?