Erie Gives

Why is it important for children to visit museums?

Geri Cicchetti

Monday Aug 5th, 2019

Because Museums open a world of imagination and exploration. 

"Museums teach critical thinking, empathy, and other generally important skills and dispositions.  Trips to museums help get kids excited about school subjects.  Museums teach subject-specific content and skills.  Museums expand the general world knowledge of students.   Museums visits increase students' cultural capital."  ( 

Museums are community centers that create community involvement and inspire civic engagement.  Students who do not visit museums miss out on these opportunities.   Have your children or grandchildren visited a museum lately?

Visit the Hagen History Center and Make History With Us! 

Also, today children are technologically savvy.  Watch for upcoming interactive exhibits that are intellectually engaging and entertaining experiences, combining storytelling and education.  The exhibits will be designed for and about our diverse audiences.

These exhibits will also encourage critical thinking with hands-on, interactive, dynamic, big-picture displays; develop an appreciation for our heritage and pride in our community with an understanding of Erie's rich history; and encourage increased local attendance and large-scale tourism with the Hagen History Center being a destination point.  This is an exciting opportunity for Erie as part of the ongoing downtown revitalization.

But some children won't be able to visit because of financial constraints. Help local students visit the Hagen History Center with your gift to Erie Gives. 



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Community Members Give Suggestions on New Exhibit Building

Monday Jun 17th, 2019

The professional exhibit design firm PRD came to Erie April 23-25 on their listening tour.

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From the Carriage House

George Deutsch, Executive Director

Monday Jun 17th, 2019

So many exciting things are happening at the Hagen History Center! Programs, construction, educational opportunities continue to grow at a rapid pace.


PA’s Tax Credit Programs Encourage Donations to ECHS

Monday Jun 17th, 2019

Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) and Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP)

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Erie Gives on August 13

Monday Jun 17th, 2019

It’s the day Erie really does give!


Annual Award Nominations

Monday Jun 17th, 2019

Do you know a person or organization who’s been keeping Erie’s history alive and should be recognized for their hard work?

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Construction of the New Exhibit Building Continues

Monday Jun 17th, 2019

Construction of the new 6000 square foot exhibit building on the Thomas B. Hagen History Center campus is well underway.


Results of Marketing Plans from Behrend Students

Monday Jun 17th, 2019

Forty-eight senior marketing students from Penn State Behrend worked for 4 months in teams of 4 or 5 students to draft marketing plans for ECHS.


The Watson-Griswold Connection

Monday Jun 17th, 2019

The Kitchen in the Watson-Curtze Mansion contains a small sampling of the ECHS’s Griswold collection.

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Curtze Circle Members Honor Thomas B. Hagen

Monday Jun 17th, 2019

The Curtze Circle recognizes donors giving over $1,000 annually to ECHS or $500 annually for donors under the age of 40.