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Make History with Us

Make History With Us and join in Erie’s downtown resurgence by becoming a member of the Hagen History Center.

You can choose to become a Member or a Curtze Circle Family Leadership Member.

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 Now?

Membership benefits include:

  • Free admission to Hagen History Center
  • Family level and above receive free admission for children under 18 years old
  • Research 200+ years of Erie history in Library & Archives 
  • Discounts on events held on campus
  • Subscription to our quarterly newsletter
  • 15% discount at the Carriage House Center Gift Shop on most purchases
  • Invitation to the Annual Meeting & Holiday Party 
  • Access to the Time Travelers Program
    • Time Travelers is a reciprocal membership network for historical museums, sites, and societies throughout the United States.  You can visit their website for more details on their privileges. 

Become a member of Hagen History Center and enjoy unlimited access to the museum all year.

You can choose to become a member on your first trip to Hagen History Center or by contacting Sara Little at 814-454-1813 x 27. You can also become a member online.

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Curtze Family Leadership Giving Circle

Making history inspiring.  That’s what the Hagen History Center does, thanks to the generosity of our Curtze Family Leadership Giving Circle members.

Local attorney Tom Tupitza and his wife Carol have long supported HHC’s mission.  Tom is a former board president of the Erie County Historical Society and both he and Carol are interested in Erie’s past, present, and future.

“As we work together to build a future in which all of our community’s citizens can thrive, it’s important to recognize Erie’s important role in our nation’s history,” Tom said.  “Our History Center and its programming are now among the finest in the country and deserve broad-based support.”

Membership in the Curtze Circle at Hagen History Center is a one of the best ways to ensure that Erie County storytelling will continue for future generations.

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Tom and Carol have been Curtze Circle members since 2019 and are happy to help tell the wonderfully rich story of Erie County as the County and HHC continue to make history.

Why join now?  One reason is that there’s never been a more exciting time at the Hagen History Center. 

Hagen History Center is a new museum.    For the past three years there have been preparations for a new day at the Hagen History Center. If you have driven by the campus on West Sixth Street, you have seen the progress.   

Old buildings have been restored, and a new building has been constructed. The manicured grounds are at the center of four city blocks of restoration. 

There’s been an investment of over $11M during the past three years, and the ten new professionally designed exhibits are sure to inspire you.

Add to that Frank Lloyd Wright’s San Francisco Office and his Butterfly Wing Bridge model and this is history that stimulates. History that excites. History that inspires.   Become part of this history that inspires.

With your membership, you are welcome to unlimited visits, unlimited guest passes, 15% off most gift shop purchases, quarterly newsletters, Journal of Erie Studies, and attendance at members-only events (Annual Meeting and holiday party).

Join us now and help us tell this wonderfully rich story as we continue to make history together.  Your membership will help with the staffing and maintenance of the 6 HHC buildings in Erie and 2 historic farmhouses in Girard.

Join the Curtze Family Leadership Giving Circle for $1,200 and choose to make one payment or utilize monthly billing for your donation at /.

Your Curtze Circle membership at the $1892 level and above also gives you an opportunity to schedule a private party at the Watson-Curtze Mansion. Other sponsorship levels include other Hagen History Center properties.  See the attached list for the full benefits of membership.

We look forward to you becoming part of the Curtze Circle, and we invite you to schedule a private tour of our campus.  Call 814-454-1813 x 34 to set up a tour. 

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Thank you for your consideration.