Curtze Family Leadership Giving Circle

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 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 Hagen History Center gives you a front row seat to our storytelling for you and all future generations.

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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 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. Become part of this history that inspires.

In addition, 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?

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

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.

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. 

DDH Fallingwater

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.

Erie County residents Dennis and Dianne Howard continue to support HHC’s mission.  Both Dennis and Dianne retired from Lord Corp, where Dennis was Director of Global Supply Chain, and Dianne managed the Technical Libraries. 

Living on their 7-generation family homestead at Howard Falls in southern Erie County, Dennis and Dianne and their family have keen interest in Erie’s past, present, and future. 

“With our homes located within a designated Natural Heritage Area of PA, our children and now our grandchildren gain a rich appreciation for both our area’s history and a sense of duty to preserve it for the future,” Dennis said.

Their youngest daughter, Laura Howard, is a registered architect with Kidder Architects, focused on the restoration and preservation of structures in the West Sixth Street Historic District in Erie.

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

Dennis and Dianne are recent Curtze Circle members and are happy to help share the wonderfully rich story of Erie County as the County and HHC continue to make history.