This has certainly been an unprecedented year! Unfortunately, the Virtual Ribbon Cutting has been cancelled.
The Hagen History Center originally had planned a grand opening gala in May and transitioned that into a Virtual Ribbon Cutting to be held in July because of COVID-19. The goal was to unveil the 8 new exhibits on the campus. Later, our best intention was to host the virtual ribbon cutting before the end of summer. That timeframe, however, is no longer possible.
The company building the new exhibits is from Georgia. Prior to July 4, they completed about 80% of the work with the intention of returning to Erie to finish the job a couple of weeks later. Georgia now is on the two-week quarantine list for travel to PA; this complicates the completion of the exhibits in the Wood-Morrison House and the new exhibit building.
The Watson-Curtze Mansion remains open for visitation. The new children’s-oriented exhibit in Winifred’s bedroom was completed and the replica Justice Bell is on display in the foyer until early September. The mansion is open Friday through Sundays from 11am to 5pm. The Justice Bell was created over a century ago to advocate for the woman’s right to vote and is here to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
To keep visitors and staff safe, comply with Department of Health regulations, and give the new exhibits a celebratory opening, we are postponing the ribbon cutting and opening of the new exhibits until 2021.
This is a disappointing conclusion; however, the slowing of the exhibit construction and the uncertainty of the virus has caused us to make this decision. We do believe this is the best resolution under the circumstances.
Thank you for your understanding, your patience, and your support of the Hagen History Center.
You can become part of Erie’s future by donating to preserve Erie’s past.
Donations to ECHS help us maintain the Watson-Curtze Mansion, Carriage House and Archives Building on West 6th Street in Erie, PA. Donations also help maintain the Battles Estate Farm Houses in Girard, PA.
It is because of the ongoing support of the Erie community that ECHS maintains over 30,000 objects, over one and a half miles of materials, and archives of Erie County organizations.
Your annual gift to the ECHS shows your investment in Erie's future. Your support enhances existing exhibits, helps create new exhibits, and preserves Erie's rich history for generations to come.
You can choose to make your annual gift as an unrestricted gift, in memory of a loved one, or as a tribute to a loved one. DONATE NOW to make your gift or mail a donation to
Hagen History Center
356 West 6th Street
Erie PA, 16501
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