Get Involved

Erie’s history is important for Erie’s future

In 1898, The Erie Public Museum started collecting items for exhibit. Then in 1903, the Erie County Historical Society (ECHS) began preserving Erie’s rich history and continues this mission today. You can become part of this mission in by getting involved with the ECHS today and help preserve Erie’s history for future generations.


You can choose to Volunteer

With our small staff at Hagen History Center, volunteers are key to implementing our mission. Come join in the fun of preserving Erie’s rich history for future generations.

You can choose to be an Archival or Curatorial Assistant, a docent, an events volunteer, grounds keeper or a volunteer for visitors. Contact Becky Weiser at or call 814-454-1813 x 21 to volunteer.


You can choose to donate a piece of history                

To donate Books, documents and photos, please contact Theresa Gamble, Archivist, by email or call 814-454-1813 x 28.

To donate three dimensional objects, please contact Becky Weiser, Curator, by email or call 814-454-1813 x 21.


You can choose to make a financial donation

Donations to Hagen History Center help us maintain the Watson-Curtze Mansion, Carriage House, Archives Building and Education Center 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 Hagen History Center maintains over 35,000 objects and over one and a half miles of archive materials of Erie County organizations.

You can choose to donate online by using the donate button on this website. You can also mail a donation to Hagen History Center, 356 West 6th Street, Erie PA  16507. If you have any questions, contact Geri Cicchetti, Director of Advancement, by email or call 814-454-1813 x 34.