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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Book Review-The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

Friday Jun 12th, 2020

Michael Shaara’s novel about the Battle of Gettysburg, first published in 1974, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction the next year. The book has been republished many times and is on the reading list for many U.S. Army officer programs as well as other military academies. The book was also the basis of director Ronald Maxwell’s 1993 movie Gettysburg.

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Long Life & Happiness for All its Residents #11

Wednesday Jun 10th, 2020

I wish all my readers exactly what the title of this blog says, always. The reality exists though, that an inevitable part of life is death.  With that in mind, let’s take a brief look at the history of some cemeteries in Erie.


Virtual Tour- Battles Estate Yellow House

Tuesday Jun 9th, 2020

Take a virtual tour of the Battles Estate Yellow House

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Saturday from the Archives

Saturday Jun 6th, 2020

Clara Petrat’s diary was copied exactly as she wrote it, so there may be some of her writings that will puzzle us.  (What was the Friday evening ‘frace’ that she attended?)

In her brown bag diary, Clara lists her activities including: Thanksgiving, Girls Literary Society, a list of her Christmas gifts(some similar to today), on March 5 Prince Henry ‘come to Erie’, going to the Library, making candy and more.

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TORNADO! The May 31, 1985, Tornado Outbreak: Pennsylvania’s Second Deadliest Natural Disaster

Friday Jun 5th, 2020

On May 31, 1985, thirty-five years ago, a deadly tornado outbreak, that started over the mid-west and intensified over central Ohio, ripped through the region causing the second deadliest natural disaster in Pennsylvania’s history. 43 separate tornadoes would clain 89 lives and uwards of 700 million dollars in damage. 65 fatalities in Pennsylvania places the May 31, 1985, tornado outbreak second only to the 1889 Johnstown Flood which claimed 2,200 lives.



"Long Life & Happiness for All its Residents" #10

Wednesday Jun 3rd, 2020

It’s funny how the potential of a donation and the 1888 book can tie together and become a blog!  A few weeks ago, an Instagram follower offered her piano to the Historical Society as part of our collection.  It was made in Erie and I love adding Erie things, BUT it’s a piano and my storage space is severely limited right now. I am still considering it so Allison, if you read this, I haven’t forgotten!   I did a quick bit of research on the piano, which led me to consider Erie’s strong reputation for the manufacture of pianos and organs in the past.  My focus today is on one building and the history of all the businesses that were located there, including an organ and a piano manufacturer.


Virtual Tour- Battles Estate White House 2nd Floor

Tuesday Jun 2nd, 2020

Take a virtual tour of the second floor of the Battle's Estate-White House. 

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Saturday From the Archives

Saturday May 30th, 2020

Every Saturday, we feature a blog post From the Archives.   Clara Petrat, daughter to German immigrants who moved to Erie, wrote on a brown bag diary.  This week we feature excerpts from her diary about Clara's summer including club meetings, hearing a band at Waldameer, fireworks and watermelon. 

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101st Airborne Division Paratrooper Uniforms

Friday May 29th, 2020

Museum Educator, Jeff Sherry, discusses three uniforms of the 101st Airborne Division from WWII.


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Book Review “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan (2017)  

Thursday May 28th, 2020

As anyone who has been to the Peninsula lately knows, this has been a very bad year for high water lake levels and resultant erosion. So I called a cousin who is a hydrologist, and asked him if it would make sense to lower the lake levels, by piping the water away to places that need it. He texted me this answer: “Have you read The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan?? They have tried all sorts of crazy engineered solutions over the years with the great lakes…most with disastrous results”.