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Docent Training

On Thursday, April 15th and Saturday, April 17th Hagen History Center will host the first training sessions for interested docents.

Docent/Guide training will begin with an introduction to the Hagen History Center docent program and the exciting new exhibits.

Attendees will be given an in-depth tour of HHC, written materials on the history of the buildings and exhibits on our campus, as well as engaging stories about the people featured in the exhibits.

All will receive a docent/guide shirt, name tag and lanyard and a free membership to the HHC. After training is completed, all candidates will conduct a mock tour with the Museum Educator and upon satisfactorily completing this shall be considered an active docent/guide.

Docents/guides should be willing and physically able to stand for extended periods and be able to climb stairs.

If you are interested in becoming a docent or volunteering with Hagen History Center, please call Jeff Sherry, (814)454-1813 x 33 or email 

Training will be held in person with limited number of attendees per session to adhere to social distancing practices.

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iHeart Media Bridal Expo 

Are you interested in renting the Watson-Curtze Mansion in Erie or maybe the Battles Estate Yellow House in Girard? 

Join us at the iHeart Media Bridal Expo at the Bayfront Convention Center on Sunday, April 18th from 11-4 PM  Indoors or out, we have an incomparable venue. Come visit us!

Register Here

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Speaker Series || Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 7 PM || Facebook Live

“Confederate Surface Raider CSS Shenandoah"

Early in the American Civil War, the Confederacy knew that in order to be successful they would have to cripple the North financially.  With the help of the British private citizens, they purchased a series of technologically advanced ships to be used as commerce raiders and bring the war to the North on the high seas. This successful campaign resulted in not only long-term damage to the Northern shipping industry but also advancement in public international law.

Event is in partnership between the Hagen History Center, the Civil War Round Table, and the JES.

The video will stream live on our Facebook at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, April 20th.  The Live presentation will then be uploaded to our Youtube Channel and Blog the following day.

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Speaker Series || Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 7 PM || Facebook Live

“The Evolution of Public Education: A Promising Future Awaits” 

Please join Mike Jaruszewicz, United Way of Erie County Vice President of Community Impact and Jim Wertz, Ph.D. for a conversation on the evolution of public education in our community and how investing in removing barriers low-income children face now will pay off for all in the community into the future. Hear how the community schools model is a strategy that’s as much about creating social returns on investment as it is about accomplishing the mission of public education.

The video will stream live on our Facebook at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, April 21st.  The Live presentation will then be uploaded to our Youtube Channel and Blog the following day.


Learn to Embroider with Curator Becky Weiser

Learn to embroider with Hagen History Center curator, Rebecca Weiser! On Sunday, April 25th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM participants will learn the basics of embroidery. Pillowcases, thread, needles will be included in the cost of ticket. Please bring your own scissors. Cost is $15 for Members or $20 for Non Members. Space is limited. Class will be held on the second floor of the Wood-Morrison House on Hagen History Center Campus.

Tickets can be purchased online.

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During this time of limited social gatherings, The Hagen History Center would like to invite you to experience a classic Mothers Day English Afternoon Tea from the comfort of home while participating in a virtual presentation, The Language of Flowers: The Secret Code of Flowers and their Colors.

Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea of freshly made scones, lemon curd, tea sandwiches and dessert, in a lovely take-away box. Participants will also take home a small flower and flowerpot from Potratz Floral Shop & Greenhouse, Inc.

Guests may pick up their take-home tea box and flower at the Watson-Curtze Mansion on Sunday, May 9th between Noon and 1:00 pm.

Our virtual Mother’s Day Afternoon English Tea party will begin at 2:00 via a ZOOM meeting. You will have the opportunity to enjoy your luncheon with fellow tea party participants from the safety of your home while viewing our presentation, The Language of Flowers: The Secret Code of Flowers and their Colors.

Presentation by Rebecca Weiser
Catering by Make It Fabolous

Reservations will be accepted until May 5th. The cost is $25.00 for members of Hagen History Center, $30.00 for non-members. Please contact Shelby at or call (814)-454-1813, ext. 32 for additional information.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online only at


Save-the date to be a part of Where History Inspires

After being closed for several months, please plan to join us for the campus-wide Grand Opening of the Hagen History Center scheduled for the weekend of July 16th.   

On Saturday and Sunday, Hagen History Center will be open to the public at no charge with the help of sponsorships.  Indoor tours will be given with mask wearing and social distancing requirements.

More details will be available in the coming months.