Make History with Us

We invite you to explore and learn more about Erie’s rich history and limitless future with a trip to the Hagen History Center. There is much to see and do on the campus of the Hagen History Center and members have a front row seat.

Why Join?

Membership benefits include:

  • Free admission to the Watson-Curtze Mansion, The Battles Estate, White and Yellow Farmhouse
  • Grandparents level and above receive free admission for children under 18 years old
  • Free admission to the Speaker Series presentations
  • Discounts on events held on campus
  • Subscription to the Journal of Erie Studies
  • Subscription to our quarterly newsletter
  • 15% discount at the Welcome Center Gift Shop
  • Admission to members only events and parties
  • Research 200+ years of Erie history in Library and Archives

Become a member of the ECHS and enjoy unlimited access to the museum all year.

You can choose to become a member on your first trip to the Hagen History Center or by contacting Sara Little at 814-454-1813 x 27. You can also become a member with your online donation.
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As a Curtze Circle member you can become a part of Erie’s resurgence and Make History With Us!

As a Curtze Circle member, you become part of this leadership giving society and a history-in-the-making membership association.  You will enjoy private activities reserved just for this group. Enjoy meeting other Curtze Circle members at private tours of local historic buildings, enjoy a behind-the-scene tour on the Hagen History Center campus, and support the Otters or Bay Hawks at a game in the Marquette suite at the Erie Insurance Arena. You can also choose to host your own private event at an ECHS property.

Your gift to ECHS will help with the maintenance and staffing of the four ECHS buildings in Erie and 2 buildings in Girard.

There’s a lot going on at the campus of the Hagen History Center and you can join in the excitement!

The new Education Center is located just to the east of the Watson-Curtze Mansion will feature local exhibits on the first floor, and classrooms for educational opportunities for school children and teachers on the second floor.

In addition, on March 1, 2019  there was a ground-breaking ceremony for the new exhibit building on the Hagen History Center campus. This new 6,000-square-foot facility will be located directly behind the Education Center. The first floor will feature an exhibit of national significance and a transportation exhibit. The second floor will feature a comprehensive exhibit on the history of Erie County.               

Join the Curtze Family Leadership Giving Circle now for a minimum $1,000 donation  ($500 for members under age 40).

We look forward to you becoming  part of the Curtze Circle.

Download Curtze Circle Membership Form