Letter from the Erie County Historical Society / Hagen History Center - May 6, 2020

As the global health community and the world come together to face the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to share some good news.

Previously, there was substantial media coverage on new buildings and new exhibits coming to the Hagen History Center. While there have been a few delays from our original timeline, we are still on track to provide new, interactive exhibits that combine education and story telling to showcase our pride in Erie County. We are now targeting July to unveil these new exhibits.

Know that every decision we make is being guided by our long-standing commitment to Erie County, the safety of our visitors and staff.

As you may know, we closed our doors to the public on March 16, 2020. While we’re not hosting tours of our museum or events, we continue to update our website, Check out our many new, video tours and fascinating blogs to keep your interest in history alive even after we re-open our doors to the community. Also join us (and Like us) on Facebook.

We are committed to thinking long-term about our mission. I want you to know that our staff is actively working from home. They continue to be occupied with the new exhibits scheduled to be unveiled this summer. They are also drafting plans for future educational opportunities and social events.

If you have a question, you’re welcome to email a staff member. Their emails are listed on the website at

Our goal is to celebrate our reopening with several dates in which the community can come the museum at no charge. Of course, each of these events will be subject to the guidelines from the Department of Health. The dates a tentative and subject to change as health and safety circumstances dictate.

ECHS will be hosting a replica of the Liberty Bell on July 8, in conjunction with the League of Women Voters. The “Freedom Bell” celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. The exhibit will remain at the Watson-Curtze Mansion until August 18.

We will be opening EIGHT new galleries across the Hagen History Center Campus on the weekend of July 18-19. Stay tuned for the announcement of our coming exhibit of major national importance.

These galleries will be exciting, state of the art exhibits that will tell our communities’ stories. They have been designed and build by award winning companies that have built museums nationwide.

We are committed to keeping this momentum going. These events will kick-off our return to a new normal and celebrate our perseverance. They will aid the Erie community’s healing effort by bringing us together to celebrate our heritage.

I ask that ask the community to join us in this effort. Please plan to visit the Hagen History Center and celebrate with the entire community our collective history. Know that it is your support that empowers us to continue our mission.

George E. Deutsch, Executive Director