Women Creating a Legacy

Seventh Annual Women Creating a Legacy at the History Center

The History Center invites you to make history with us by supporting the seventh annual Women Creating a Legacy event.

This event is a cocktail party fundraiser for women only. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks while touring Erie’s newest museum.

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Join us from 5pm-8pm at the Watson-Curtze Mansion, 356 West 6th Street. Enjoy the party, tour the three exhibit buildings, and see the 11 new professionally designed exhibits.

This women’s event has raised over $100,000 in the past 6 years, and past donations have sponsored a classroom in the Education Center and Winifred Watson’s Bedroom in the Watson-Curtze Mansion. Both rooms are used for the education of children. Your donation this year will help us continue making history that inspires.

Join us and help us tell this wonderfully rich story as we continue to make history together.

Committee members include Lauren Bauer, Emily Fessler, Erin Fessler, Susan Kanonczyk, Barb Lechner, Abby Lechner, Leah Murphy, Lisa NeCastro, and Dana Zaphiris

We have a unique opportunity this year for Women Creating A Legacy guests.

The History Center is featuring an exhibit on the works of Eugene Iverd. This local painter and Erie school teacher modeled his paintings after the style of Norman Rockwell and featured Erie children in his works.

Iverd’s career included painting covers for the Saturday Evening Post, McCall’s, Ladies Home Journal, and the American Magazine. He also painted several paintings for Dorrance Co. (owners of Campbell’s Soup), the Rotarian, Monarch Foods, The Buffalo Evening News, and others.

With an exhibit of his works, students on field trips to the History Center can come to appreciate Iverd’s artistry, realize his place in history, and perhaps consider becoming an artist as a career choice.

The History Center has 29 paintings that have been permanently donated by the Erie School District. Most of them are in need of conservation. The entire conservation cost is estimated to be between $70,050 and $82,650.

Might you consider becoming a sponsor of the 7th Annual Women Creating a Legacy event? A portion of proceeds from this year’s event will be used to help fund the restoration. Sponsors confirmed by April 22 will be included on the invitation.

Invitations will be mailed in May. If you’d like to receive an invitation or have any questions, please contact us at 814-454-1813 x 34 or

Women under the age of 40 will pay their age. For example, if you are 30 years old, your price will be $30.For all other women, tickets are $100/each.

Thank you for your consideration and for making history with us!