Events

Exhibit Openings September 2019 

Suffragette, Iverd and Expanded Griswold Exhibits  

The Suffragette Exhibit is in the Ballroom on the Third Floor of the Watson-Curtze Mansion.  It will remain open until August 2020. 

The Iverd Exhibit is on the Third Floor of the Watson-Curtze Mansion.  It will remain open until June 2020. 

The Expanded Griswold Exhibit is in the Kitchen on the First Floor of the Watson-Curtze Mansion.  It will remain open until  June 2020.

The Watson-Curtze Mansion is located at 356 West 6th Street, Erie PA, and is open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm. 

 

September 25, 2019, from 5pm-7pm 

Downtown Erie Historic Walking Tour of Homes on Millionaires Row and others

See inside some of Erie's oldest and most historic homes and buildings.

Start at Watson-Curtze Mansion, 356 West 6th Street, and purchase a $10 ticket, receive a wristband, and proceed on a self-guided tour. 

Guests can tour:

  • Watson-Curtze Mansion, 356 West 6th Street
  • Firefighter's Museum, 428 Chestnut Street
  • Erie Community Foundation (Siegel-McDougle House),  459 West 6th Street
  • Erie County Bar Association (Oliver Elliott House),  429 West 6th Street
  • Diefenbach Gardens, 323 West 6th Street
  • The Woman's Club of Erie (Galbraith Mansion), 259 West 6th Street
  • First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 245 West 6th Street
  • HBKS Wealth Advisors (Ross Pier Wright House), 235 West 6th Street
  • Gannon University "Old Main" (Strong Mansion), 109 West 6th Street
  • Victoria Inn B&B (George Carroll House), 401 Peach Street
  • Erie Insurance Firehouse (former Pufferbelly), 414 French Street  

Docents are available at each location.  Light refreshments will be served at the Erie Insurance Firehouse and Wright House.  

Reservations are not needed. Contact Sara Little at 814-454-1813 x 27 or at slittle@eriehistory.org for information. 

 

Speaker Series-Suffragette Talk 

September 18, 2019, at 7pm at the Watson-Curtze Mansion, 356 West 6th Street.

Disorderly Women and their Fight for the Vote: from Margaret Brent to the Anthony Amendment.

by Dr. Jerra Jenrette, Professor of History at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania   

This presentation will examine, amongst other issues, the origins of the word "suffrage", the first woman to ask for the right to vote, the first woman to vote, Seneca Falls and forward. 

Free to members. 

 

Speaker Series-Erie Day School

October 2, 2019, at 7pm at the Watson-Curtze Mansion, 356 West 6th Street.

The History of the Erie Day School

by Brian Gutowski, Chairman of the History Department at the Erie Day School 

This presentation will examine the history of one of Erie's oldest educational institutions. 

Free to members. 

 

Civil War Roundtable 

October 15, 2019 at 7pm at the Watson-Curtze Mansion, 356 West 6th Street.

Women Soldiers in the Civil War 

by Liz Dunn, Civil War Roundtable

Free admission and open to the public. Reservations are not needed. 

 

Speaker Series - Millcreek Flood

October 16, 2019, at 7pm at the Watson-Curtze Mansion, 356 West 6th Street

The Millcreek Flood

by Jerry Skrypzak, retired Erie City Police Officer, crime scene investigator, photographer, author and speaker

This presentation will examine the catastrophic disaster that wreaked havoc through the City of Erie and brought changes to how these natural disasters could be prevented in the future. 

Free to Members. 

 

Erie Philharmonic Tour of Homes

November 9 and 10, 2019 

The Watson-Curtze Mansion, 356 West 6th Street, and the Wood-Morrison House, 338 West 6th Street, will be included on the Tour of Homes.  Both homes will be professionally decorated by the Northwest PA Allied Florists Association as a donation of their time and skills.   Details at www.eriephil.org. 

 

Speaker Series-Military Repatriations 

November 13, 2019, at 7pm at the Watson-Curtze Mansion, 356 West 6th Street.

Military Repatriations: Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise

by Claire Varrier, local genealogist, researcher and contract archival assistant for the Erie County Historical Society. 

This presentation in conjunction with Veteran's Day will examine the work of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) in locating next-of-kin and other family DNA donors as part of the agency's ongoing efforts to bring home the remains of service members lost in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.  

Free to members. 

 

Civil War Roundtable

November 19, 2019, at 7pm. at the Watson-Curtze Mansion, 356 West 6th Street.

Combatting Battlefield Trauma Then (1861) and Now (2019)

by R. Norton Hall, MD, Civil War Roundtable 

Free admission and pen to the public.  Reservations are not needed. 

 

Victorian Holiday 

December 5 through 8, 2019, at both the Watson-Curtze Mansion, 356 West 6th Street, and the Wood-Morrison House, 338 West 6th Street. 

See both homes professionally decorated for the holidays. 

Open 11am-5pm and Friday, December 6, until 8pm. 

Wagon rides to and from the lighting of the tree in Perry Square on Friday night. 

Free admission and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Erie Federal Credit Union. 

 

Members Holiday Party 

December 14, 2019, from 5pm-8pm at the Watson-Curtze Mansion, 356 West 6th Street.

Members enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

 

New Year's Eve Party 

December 31, 2019, at the Hagen History Center. 

To receive an invitation, to this fundraiser, contact Sara Little at 814-454-1813 x 27. 

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