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



Virtual Tour- Battles Estate White House

Tuesday May 26th, 2020

Take a virtual tour of the Battle's Estate White House First Floor.

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Penn State Behrend Students Share Creative Ideas

Monday May 25th, 2020

From January through April, the students in Penn State Behrend’s Marketing 444 classes learned about the Hagen History Center. Their task was to prepare marketing plans to encourage those under the age of 30 to visit the museum and foster an interest in history.

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Saturday from the Archives

Saturday May 23rd, 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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Lock #10 Sharpsville, Pennsylvania

Friday May 22nd, 2020

Visit Lock #10 in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania, with Museum Educator, Jeff Sherry.

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Volunteering with Hagen History Center

Thursday May 21st, 2020

"During 2018 and 2019, I spent a considerable portion of my time with the ECHS learning about the role of local residents in World War I. From their pre- and post-conflict personal histories to their active roles as both military members and non-military support personnel during World War I, I delved into all aspects of the lives of these individuals."

Read more about Bob's volunteering experience below!

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“Long Life & Happiness for All its Residents” #8

Wednesday May 20th, 2020

The topic of roads and streets has been on my mind lately regarding “Happiness for All its Residents”. I like the street that I live on very much and I love West 6th Street where the Historical Society is located, which I walk to almost every day for exercise.  The 1888 book has a nice section on Erie Streets, but I am finding that there is so much more to learn and appreciate about what so many of us take for granted.  Until we hit a pothole that is!  A little historical background is necessary before we hit the Erie Streets.


Wood-Morrison House Tour

Tuesday May 19th, 2020

Take a tour of the beautifully restored Wood-Morrison Home.

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Saturday from the Archives

Saturday May 16th, 2020

Clara Petrat’s diary is shown here exactly as she wrote it in her 1900 brown bag diary.

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John Brown Tannery

Friday May 15th, 2020

Visit John Brown Tannery with Museum Educator, Jeff Sherry.

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Former Battles Bank in Girard Stood Alone triumphantly during Great Depression

Thursday May 14th, 2020

There is no doubt the closing of the world’s markets during 2020 will have a devastating impact on the world’s economies. Looking back to the Great Depression and reading the analyses of what went wrong does not provide a clear, unequivocal answer to what caused the economic crisis that began with the fall of the stock market on Oct. 24, 1929.