Exhibit Openings 

Suffragette, Iverd and Expanded Griswold Exhibits  

The Suffragette Exhibit is in the Ballroom on the Third Floor of the Watson-Curtze Mansion. 

The Iverd Exhibit is on the Third Floor of the Watson-Curtze Mansion.  

The Expanded Griswold Exhibit is in the Kitchen on the First Floor of the Watson-Curtze Mansion. 

The Watson-Curtze Mansion is located at 356 West 6th Street, Erie PA, and is open Friday-Sunday 11am-5pm. 

Women Creating a Legacy 

September is Women Creating A Legacy Month

The Erie County Historical Society/Hagen History Center invites you to become a sponsor of the Third Annual Women Creating a Legacy initiative at the Hagen History Center.  This year your support is needed now more than ever. 

Because of COVID-19, a group event will not be held.  But we still wish to see you on our campus, so we are inviting you to come to the Watson-Curtze Mansion for a private tour.                                                                   

We want you to see the Justice Bell on display in the mansion. The Justice Bell is a replica of Philadelphia’s iconic Liberty Bell and it is touring Pennsylvania in celebration of the Suffragette Movement.  It will be on display in the Watson-Curtze Mansion until September 8, 2020.

Also on display in the mansion is the Suffragettes exhibit.  Located on the third floor, this exhibit is in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.   In addition, Winifred Watson’s bedroom has been restored to a child’s bedroom from the turn-of-the-century.  Some of the proceeds from past Women Creating a Legacy events have partially sponsored this room, and you won’t want to miss it!

With this special 100th anniversary, your donation will celebrate the achievements of women over the past 100 years.    In addition, the Hagen History Center is part of Erie’s downtown resurgence.  Where else can you make history AND resurge a city with your donation?

With your $100 donation or more, you will Make History with Us.  It’s more than a slogan.  It’s what we do every day at the Hagen History Center, and we invite you to join us in this mission.

It’s OUR history.  It’s YOUR story.   It’s the story of Erie County. The story of immigrants.  The story of farming.  The story of industrialization.  The story of advancements and setbacks.  The story of war and peace. The story of living on a great lake.  It’s the story of our past, our present and, yes, our future. 

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Public Auction 

On October 15, 2020, The Hagen History Center will host an auction of deaccessioned artifacts from Erie County.  The auction will be held by Larry Ploss of Ploss Auction at 234 West Washington Street, Corry PA  16407, beginning at 3:00 pm.

Items in the auction include antique beds, chests of drawers, trunks, baby carriages, chairs and tables among many other large objects.

The above items have been deaccessioned.  This is a process whereby the museum staff and board members review items deemed inappropriate to the permanent collection.   Final decisions are made by the Curator, Executive Director and Chairperson of the Collections Committee of the Board of Directors.

Items can be deaccessioned if they fall outside the scope of the collection parameters, better examples have become available for inclusion in the permanent collection, or there are duplicate items.  

The Hagen History Center recently contacted the smaller community museums represented by the organization Erie Yesterday as well as surrounding counties. Following best practices for museums, artifacts were offered as donations to the smaller museums first.  Items remaining will be sold at the public auction to raise funds for the purchase, care and preservation of the items in the permanent collection at the Hagen History Center.

Items will be photographed and will be included on the Ploss Auction website,, for review prior to the October 15.

Curator Becky Weiser will speak about the auction at the Hagen History Center’s Speaker Series on October 7, 2020 at 7pm.   This talk will be live on the HHC’s Facebook page,

For additional information, contact Curator Becky Weiser at or at  814-454-1813 x 21, or go to or

The Erie County Historical Society (ECHS)/Hagen History Center (HHC) is the only comprehensive Erie County, PA, historical museum.   The HHC’s mission is to engage and inspire a diverse audience by exhibiting links to the past, understanding the present and guiding for the future, while preserving the history of Erie County, Northwestern Pennsylvania and our national heritage. The HHC engages the community through dynamic educational programs, inspiring exhibits, community building programs and relevant publications.  We preserve collections representing over 200 years of our history. Our archives and collections serve as a comprehensive and accessible resource for researchers, educators, students, and the public.