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Last Call to Order a Brick for 2020!

Shelby Graml

Tuesday Oct 20th, 2020

Purchase a brick and help support Hagen History Center! Your 6 x 9 brick will be engraved with your own personalized message and installed in the Hagen History Center Carriage House patio where it will become part of the museum grounds forever! 1-3 lines (up to 15 characters per line) of engraving for $100.


Speaker Series - Recruitment of Black Soldiers in U.S. Military in Northwest Pennsylvania During the Civil War

Tuesday Oct 20th, 2020

A brief history of raising Union black regiments during the Civil War will be provided. Focus will be on the several USCT (United States Colored Troop) regiments that were partially recruited in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Muster rolls, service records, pension records, medical records, etc. were used to perform groundbreaking original research.  Individual black soldiers were identified and described who enlisted or were drafted in the city of Erie, Waterford, or Meadville. U.S. Navy service by local black men will be addressed. Postwar USCT residents of the Pennsylvania Soldiers' and Sailors' Home in Erie will also be covered. Interesting stories of individuals will enrich the research discussed with the audience.


Two Log Cabins in the French Creek Valley Vlog

Jeff Sherry

Friday Oct 16th, 2020

Jeff Sherry, Museum Educator visits "Two Log Cabins in the French Creek Valley" for this weeks vlog. 

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Long Life & Happiness for All Its Residents #29

Becky Weiser

Wednesday Oct 14th, 2020

Who is this gorgeous lady pictured above?  Obviously elegant and wealthy, it appears this woman could do anything she wanted – and she did.  Her name is Sarah Reed.

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COVID-19 Collection

Jeff Sherry

Friday Oct 9th, 2020

It’s a pandemic! The President and First Lady have tested positive in an election year! 2020 has indeed been a long, trying and often deadly year for millions worldwide. Our lives have all been affected. Masks, quarantines, social distancing, capacity limits at restaurants and bars have all become part of our daily lives.


Speaker Series - How to make room for the future- deaccessioning at Hagen History Center

Thursday Oct 8th, 2020

The Hagen History Center/Erie County Historical Society currently has about 14,000 objects in the 3D collection that they are keeping.  These objects are in a computer data base, are bar coded and are being stored properly for the long term.  The Society wishes to deaccession, or remove from the collection, about 600 objects that have no real connection to Erie than perhaps being used here, and an auction will take place  October 15th at Ploss Auction in Corry starting at 3:00 pm.


Happiness & Long Life for All its Residents #28

Becky Weiser

Wednesday Oct 7th, 2020

Today’s blog is written by Curatorial Assistant Amanda Rockwood.  Amanda has been with the Hagen History Center for a year and a half and is an Ohio native and Edinboro University graduate.  Enjoy this look of the Battles’ property, also owned and administered by the Hagen History Center.

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Cranberry Day

Becky Weiser

Tuesday Oct 6th, 2020

In the early days of Erie, a great Holiday occurred the first Tuesday of October, and it was as exciting as the 4th of July and Christmas.  What many of us consider a Thanksgiving dinner staple was an excuse for a party here in Erie! Happy Cranberry Day! 

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Erie Homecoming 2020

Monday Oct 5th, 2020

Hagen History Center is excited to announce that we will be featured at Erie Homecoming 2020: Erie’s Economic Evolution.


Making History in a Pandemic

Jeff Sherry

Friday Oct 2nd, 2020

The Hagen History Center is collecting materials that document the response of our community to the corona virus that causes COVID-19.