Destiny of the Republic

Destiny of the Republic, Book Review

Jeff Sherry

Monday May 11th, 2020

Four American Presidents have been assassinated over the course of our nation’s history. The assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy are well known to most Americans and the images of those tragic events are familiar to all. The assassination of William McKinley would propel Theodore Roosevelt to the White House, leading to a period of great expansion as the United States became a world power. But what of James A. Garfield? The 20th President has become largely just a name to most. A little known in a long line of forgettable names to occupy the office during the last half of the 19th Century. Canice Millard’s book: Destiny of the Republic brings a remarkable story to life.

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Saturday from the Archives

Saturday May 9th, 2020

Excerpts from Clara Petrat's diary for July 28-August 15.

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Kenneth Ahrens-Malmedy Massacre Survivor

Jeff Sherry

Friday May 8th, 2020

On Sunday, December 17, 1944, Sgt. Kenneth Ahrens of Erie, Pennsylvania, would experience an event that would mark one of the worst moments of the Battle of the Bulge. Ahrens would survive and lead a productive life in Kentucky, but December 17, 1944, would no doubt linger in his memory.

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"Long Life & Happiness for All Its Residents" #6

Becky Weiser

Wednesday May 6th, 2020

As we remain in quarantine due to the outbreak of Covid 19, medical response and care is on everyone’s mind.  Many historical references have been made to what we are currently living through such as the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1918.


Watson-Curtze Mansion 2nd Floor Tour

Tuesday May 5th, 2020

Take a tour of the 2nd Floor of the Watson-Curtze Mansion with Museum Educator, Jeff Sherry. 

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Students visit Hagen History Center

Geri Cicchetti

Monday May 4th, 2020

In a partnership with the Millcreek Township School District and Westlake Middle School, all two hundred 7th graders visited HHC over four days.

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Saturday from the Archives

Saturday May 2nd, 2020

In her 1900 diary, Clara Petrat reveals many common incidents involving candy and ice cream, sending letters, cleaning & sweeping, sewing her handkerchief, going to club, violent storms striking and burning buildings, and going to Waldameer and ‘four miles creek’, and a fight between her Papa and Mama.

Since she was a German immigrant, she is going to school to learn English composition.

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Vlog #4 French Creek Feeder Canal

Jeff Sherry

Friday May 1st, 2020

Museum Educator, Jeff Sherry, lands in Meadville, PA to teach us about the French Creek Feeder Canal.


"Long Life & Happiness for All Its Residents" #5

Becky Weiser

Wednesday Apr 29th, 2020

With its cute face and little ear perked up; the dog pictured above brings me much happiness.   The company that produced him had a long and well-known life here– the Griswold Manufacturing Company. 

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Covid-19 Pandemic is a Teachable moment on Native American History

Larry Flatley

Wednesday Apr 29th, 2020

Viruses have been shaping American history since Europeans began traveling regularly to North America five centuries ago.