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Want to make a difference this holiday season?

Geri Cicchetti

Friday Dec 4th, 2020

Become part of history-in-the-making with your gift to the Hagen History Center during the 2020 Annual Fund through the United Arts Fund.   


A Brief History of the Talon Zipper Company

Jeff Sherry

Friday Dec 4th, 2020

We take the zipper for granted. It is on virtually every pair of pants and coats we wear every day. It has become something we both can neither live without nor overlook. The history of this commonplace item is a fascinating tale of invention, entrepreneurship and a booming industry that allowed one county to sidestep the Great Depression and produce a product so much a part of our everyday life. The zipper.

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Holiday Gift Bundles

Shelby Graml

Thursday Dec 3rd, 2020

Holiday Bundles have arrived at HHC & our online shop is live


Happiness & Long Life for All Its Residents #34

Becky Weiser

Wednesday Dec 2nd, 2020

I will admit it publicly, I like trains.  I like everything about them.  As a real train lover, I have taken Amtrak many times (even in a sleeper car) and stayed at a Railroad enthusiasts’ Bed & Breakfast in Cresson, Pennsylvania, near the Horseshoe Curve – fabulous if you don’t like to sleep; a bit loud.  


Famous Erie County Personalities

Jeff Sherry

Friday Nov 27th, 2020

The blogs written by our staff over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic have been,  for the most part, about famous Erie County residents from the past. Mine included. These blogs have featured generals, admirals and captains of industry. This is all well and good, but I think we could use something light. Personalities that never won a battle, invented a longer lasting light bulb or cured a disease. Here are two examples of my attempt at a light blog.

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Victorian Holiday Goes Virtual

Shelby Graml

Wednesday Nov 25th, 2020

The Hagen History Center announces that our Extended Victorian Holiday is going Virtual! In these unprecedented times, the safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests are most important. Hagen History Center campus will remain closed to visitors and volunteers until further notice.


Happiness & Long Life for All Its Residents #33

Becky Weiser

Wednesday Nov 18th, 2020

Without a full-time archivist on staff right now, occasionally things cross my desk that ordinarily would not.  For example, about 2 months ago I received a telephone call from a gentleman in Shreveport, Louisiana, who just purchased a scrapbook that he felt should come home to Erie. 

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - What this Means at ECHS

George Deutsch

Tuesday Nov 17th, 2020

It is the goal of the Erie County Historical Society to serve our entire community.

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Erie, PA and It's Roots in the United States Navy

Thursday Nov 12th, 2020

Join Jerry Skrypzak as he discusses Erie, Pennsylvania and it's roots in the United States Navy.

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Civil War Monuments- Bronze Sentinels

Jeff Sherry

Wednesday Nov 11th, 2020

In the year 2020 it is a time to reflect on where we are as a nation. Over the past several years, Civil War monuments across the United States have been removed, torn down and vandalized, particularly in the American South.