Curtze Family Leadership Giving Circle

Make History With Us and join in Erie’s downtown resurgence by becoming a member of the Curtze Family Leadership Giving Circle.

It is more than a slogan.  It’s what we do every day at the Hagen History Center in Erie, PA, and we invite you to join us in this endeavor.

It is YOUR history.  It is YOUR story.  It’s the story of all of us: The story of Erie County. The story of immigrants and the rich diversity of our residents.  The story of farming.  The story of industrialization.  The story of advancements and setbacks.  The story of war and peace. The story of living on a great lake.  The story of large and small businesses.  It’s the story of our past, our present and, yes, our future. 

Becoming a member of the Curtze Circle at the Hagen History Center gives you a front row seat to our storytelling for you and all future generations.

Why join now?  One reason is that there’s never been a more exciting time at the Hagen History Center.  In addition to the new museum exhibits housed in the majestic Watson-Curtze Mansion, the Education Center at the historic Wood-Morrison House and the newly renovated Research Room are all completed. The Wood-Morrison House underwent 10 months of renovations and we unveil 3 new exhibit galleries there in 2021. Additionally, construction of the new exhibit building behind the Wood-Morrison House has been completed.  An exhibit of national significance and 3 new exhibit galleries will also be opened in 2021!

In addition, the Hagen History Center is part of Erie’s downtown resurgence.  Where else can you make history AND resurge a city for the price of an annual membership?

The other reason is that your support is needed now more than ever. With COVID-19, the Hagen History Center was closed for almost 4 months.  There was no revenue from visitations or gift shop sales. Membership renewals slowed greatly. Several weddings and fundraising events had to be cancelled. There was also a delay in the construction of the new exhibits.  Originally scheduled to open in May 2020, they are now targeted to open in 2021.  This also caused a loss in revenue from admissions.

With your membership, you are welcome to unlimited visits, guest passes, 15% off all gift shop purchases and attendance at members-only events (annual meeting, holiday party and even our professional speaker series.)

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 ECHS buildings in Erie and 2 historic farmhouses in Girard.

Join the Curtze Family Leadership Giving Circle for $1,000 or more and enjoy a 15-month membership period. Your Curtze Circle membership gives you an opportunity to schedule a private party in our fabulous mansion.  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. 

Use this form to join or donate online.

Thank you for your consideration.

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