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A Night at the Museum

A Night at the Museum

There have been a few times in our lives when we’ve said WOW.  Now we’re adding one more, and we invite you to join us.  

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. We’re sure you want to know what’s going on inside. What’s behind those doors?  

There’s been an investment of over $11M during the past three years, and the eight new professionally designed exhibits are sure to inspire you. In addition, a national exhibit, which will be unveiled this summer, will make the Hagen History Center a major tourist destination. This is history that stimulates. History that excites. History that inspires. 

That’s just a sampling. After you leave, you’ll want to return to see it all (and much more) again. Additionally, new exhibits for 2022 are already in the works! 

Be a part of Where History Inspires. 

Please join us as a sponsor for the Grand Opening scheduled for the weekend of July 16 and for the Hagen History Center’s signature event, A Night at the Museum, on Saturday, September 18. 

The Grand Opening weekend will include a Friday evening cocktail party for donors beginning at 6 p.m. You’ll be invited to this exclusive outdoor party at which Thomas B. Hagen will cut the ribbon opening the new building. Indoor tours will be given with mask wearing and social distancing requirements. On Saturday and Sunday, Hagen History Center will be open to the public at no charge with the help of your sponsorship.  

On September 18, from 6 p.m.-10 p.m., A Night at the Museum will feature a campus-wide party with heavy hors d’oeuvres, multiple bars, music, dancing, and even a scavenger hunt like no other. The committee has been planning this event for over a year, and you’ll want to mark your calendar now to attend.  The highlight of our evening will be honoring our friend and Hagen History Center patron, Thomas B. Hagen, for his commitment to the City of Erie.   

Become a sponsor of both the Grand Opening and A Night at the Museum with one donation by returning the attached form or using our online form.  Sponsorship levels include a specific number of guests to attend both events.   

With your contribution you can make history locally, support a local landmark, and help with the resurgence of downtown Erie.

Invitations for A Night at the Museum will be mailed in August and will include ticket information for guests who are not sponsors. If you wish to order tickets prior to receiving your invitation, you’re welcome to purchase tickets online. 

Lead sponsors for the Grand Opening and A Night at the Museum are Leo and Teresa Brugger.

Contact Advancement Director Geri Cicchetti at 814-454-1813 x 34 or gcicchetti@eriehistory.org for additional information.