Long Life & Happiness for All its Residents #43

Becky Weiser

Wednesday Feb 3rd, 2021

This is a story of a man and his enduring legacy.  Born in Erie of humble beginnings, he became famous as a composer, arranger, editor and lecturer.  He performed on stages in Erie, New York City and throughout the country as far west as Minnesota.  Books have been written about him and a society was formed in 2017 to honor him, his work and to address issues of today through art. His name is Henry Thacker Burleigh.

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Harry T. Burleigh

Monday Feb 1st, 2021

Born and raised in Erie, Harry T. Burleigh graduated from Erie High School in 1887. While working at the Colby Piano Company in Erie as a stenographer, he practiced the piano in his off hours. In 1892, he traveled to New York City where he auditioned for the Conservatory of Music and made the acquaintance with famed composed Anton Dvorak.


Pat Monahan-Erie Rocker

Jeff Sherry

Friday Jan 29th, 2021

Pat Monahan, singer, songwriter, musician and actor was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. Born on February 28, 1969. the youngest of seven children of Jack and Patricia Ann Monahan, he attended McDowell High School in Millcreek Township and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.


Long Life & Happiness for All its Residents #42

Becky Weiser

Wednesday Jan 27th, 2021

Have you ever heard of the “Gibson Girl”?  These pen and ink drawings were created by Charles Dana Gibson (1867-1944) and published in “Life” magazine beginning in 1890.  Referred to as the first pin-up girl, she was an idealized version of American young womanhood and every man’s dream.

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George Gordon Meade Pennsylvania's Forgotten Hero

Jeff Sherry

Tuesday Jan 26th, 2021

Over 150 years after the Civil War, the name of George G. Meade is not well known outside the world of scholars and students of that war, overshadowed by U.S. Grant and shunned by the press, Meade deserves to be recognized for his victory at Gettysburg and his command of the Army of the Potomac longer than any other general. 

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Paul Siple-The Father of Wind Chill

Jeff Sherry

Friday Jan 22nd, 2021

Paul A. Siple, the man who coined the meteorological term “wind chill” a phrase now commonplace in winter weather reports on the news, was born in Montpelier, Ohio, on December 18, 1908. The Siple family moved to Erie, Pennsylvania, where he graduated from Central High School in 1926. In 1923, Siple became an Eagle Scout and earned 59 merit badges.

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The Beauty of a Colorful Mind- Poetry Hour

Thursday Jan 21st, 2021

As a tribute to Black History Month, Hagen History Center is hosting The Beauty of a Colorful Mind; Honoring the Past while Inspiring a Brilliant Future, Poetry Hour. 


Long Life & Happiness to All Its Residents #41

Becky Weiser

Wednesday Jan 20th, 2021

Jarecki, one name, two different companies here in Erie County.  One began in the mid-1800s, the other in the mid-1900s.  The first was the Jarecki Manufacturing Company begun by Henry Jarecki, the second is Jarecki Valves begun by Frank Jarecki and no, they are not related.

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GALentines Day Yoga 2021

Monday Jan 18th, 2021

Who needs Valentine’s Day when you can focus on health and history with your closest gal pals on GALentines Day?  During this time of limited social gatherings, Hagen History Center would like to invite you to GALentines Day Yoga, Yoga with Abi; a fun virtual yoga experience the day before Valentine’s Day! Abi will lead you through an hour-fifteen-minute Hatha Yoga Flow with emphasis on expanding your heart chakra beginning at 10 AM via Zoom.  After yoga spoil yourself with a take-home box filled with sweet treats along with a 350mL bottle of Mazza white wine!


General Richard E. Ellsworth, U.S. Air Force

Jeff Sherry

Friday Jan 15th, 2021

Brigadier General Richard Elmer Ellsworth was a true pioneer in the use of weather reporting and research for the Air Force during the Cold War. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, on July 18,1911, Ellsworth joined the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1929 and was accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1931.