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Vlog #3 War of 1812 Private

Friday Apr 24th, 2020

This Friday, Jeff Sherry, Museum Educator, discusses an early uniform used in the battle of 1812 for a regular infantry private. 

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Long Life & Happiness for All Its Residents #4

Wednesday Apr 22nd, 2020

Looking across Peach Street from the Selden fountain, one can’t help but notice an elaborate building that most residents of our region will recognize.  Now known as the Erie Club, it was the home of Charles Manning Reed (1803-1871), a member of the city’s most prominent family during the nineteenth century.  I say “prominent” because the family name is found 42 times in the 1888 book, more than any other.  C.M. Reed’s Grandfather, Seth Reed was a Revolutionary War veteran and is noted to be the first settler in Erie County in 1795. 

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Penn State Behrend students prepare Marketing Plans for the Hagen History Center again in 2020

Tuesday Apr 21st, 2020

For the second year in the row, Penn State Behrend marketing students have worked on a project to write marketing plans for the museum to attract visitors under the age of 30. This is a demographic the museum staff knew hasn’t been effectively reached. 

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Update on exhibits to come

Monday Apr 20th, 2020

And there will be more exhibits to come!     

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From the Archives

Saturday Apr 18th, 2020

Clara Petrat diary was written on brown bag paper.  She was a member of a German immigrant family and lived at 313 W. 17 St. She was a student at Erie High School Class of 1904. The diary begins in March.  Since you will see the diary exactly as she wrote it, her punctuation and capitalization mistakes improve as she goes to English Class.  The first few pages of the diary are fragmented and some of the script is missing.

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Vlog #2 War of 1812 Sailor Uniform

Friday Apr 17th, 2020

Museum Educator, Jeff Sherry discusses a typical uniform of a Sailor from the War of 1812.

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"Long Life & Happiness for All Its Residents" #3

Wednesday Apr 15th, 2020

We all “play favorites”, don’t we I have favorite collections at the Museum (Griswold cast iron, women’s clothing and hand embroideries).  We have favorite colors, sports teams and Presidential candidates (we won’t go there, I promise) Well, I have a favorite monument in Perry Square downtown.  Once a working water fountain, this 6 -foot -tall carved piece of granite is located behind the Civil War monument if you are coming from the West.  It has seen a little wear over the years.  The “cups” on each corner had a brass tube coming from above for water and one is even labeled “ice water”.  Years of rough winters have made the inscribed writing a little hard to read but upon closer inspection, you can make out: “Presented to the City of Erie May 30, 1883 by Geo. D. Selden”.  I had to research who George Selden was and why he would give a fountain to the city. 

Forgotten Plague

Tuesday Apr 14th, 2020

The story of Erie and the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic. 

Written by Valerie Myers of Erie Times News.

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New Exhibit Building Opening

Monday Apr 13th, 2020

It’s almost open!  The new exhibit building will be open in July 2020! 

Completion of the building has been a multi-year process.  After securing an exhibit of national significance for Erie in 2017, a building was planned in 2018 and built in 2019.  Now the first floor of the building and the major exhibit will be unveiled in 2020.  

The first floor of the new exhibit building will feature two galleries, including the exhibit of national significance and Erie and the American Dream.   Both will open in July. 

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Sunday Recipe

Sunday Apr 12th, 2020

Today’s stunning AND delicious #SundayRecipe comes from the Cast Iron Casseroles magazine, published in 2018 by Hoffman Media and was baked in a well-loved family heirloom.