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101st Airborne Division Paratrooper Uniforms

Jeff Sherry

Friday May 29th, 2020

Museum Educator, Jeff Sherry, discusses three uniforms of the 101st Airborne Division from WWII.


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Book Review “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan (2017)  

Mark Steg

Thursday May 28th, 2020

As anyone who has been to the Peninsula lately knows, this has been a very bad year for high water lake levels and resultant erosion. So I called a cousin who is a hydrologist, and asked him if it would make sense to lower the lake levels, by piping the water away to places that need it. He texted me this answer: “Have you read The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan?? They have tried all sorts of crazy engineered solutions over the years with the great lakes…most with disastrous results”.

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“Long Life & Happiness for All its Residents” #9

Becky Weiser

Wednesday May 27th, 2020

The 1888 book I’m using as my inspiration to write this blog is 138 large sized pages long.  It features 85 “portraits” of Erie men with a picture and description of the business they were engaged in. Then I made a conscious decision to look for women’s portraits and it became painfully obvious there is not one image of a woman except what is pictured below.  I want to write a little on this “unseen half” of the population.


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

Geri Cicchetti

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

Clara Petrat

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

Jeff Sherry

Friday May 22nd, 2020

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

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Volunteering with Hagen History Center

Robert O'Rear

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

Becky Weiser

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

Jeff Sherry

Tuesday May 19th, 2020

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