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.  


Speaker Series-Military Repatriations  (Note change of Date) 

November 21, 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. 

Both homes have been professionally decorated for the holidays by the Northwest PA Allied Florists Association as a donation. Decorators include Chris Ehrman from Allburn Florist, Gwyn Johnson from Country Petals, Gary Foster from Foster's Rose of Sharon, Mary Zurn from A floral Affair, Laura Eaton from Floral Gallery, Valjeane Chamberlin from Flowers by Valjeane Chamberlin, Gary Maas from Gary's Flower Shoppe, Carl Larese from Larese Floral Design and Mel and Janel Potratz from Potratz Floral Shop and Greenhouse. 

The mansion has been decorated in a traditional red and green theme.   Focal points include the wall of poinsettias in the solarium, a decorated 10-foot Christmas tree including 12,000 lights in the parlor, a room of nutcrackers in Mr. Watson's den, decorated bookshelves with model toy cars in the library, and festive mantles throughout the home. 

The table in the dining room features a Victorian holiday tablecloth, floral arrangements, and candelabras. Judy Pentz, from The Remnant Shop, donated the fabric and Pam Prinzi, from Prinzi Window Treatments, donated her time sewing the tablecloth.  

The Wood-Morrison house was decorated in blue and green tones representative of the Naval history of the home.  Dr. Wood was the first Surgeon General of the Navy and Captain Morrison was the Captain of the Wolverine.   This house features trees on the first and second floors, a festively decorated 160-year-old-staircase, and  7 1/2 ft. decorated tree with 8,200 bright lights highlighting the warmth of this outstanding home. 

Guests will be able to visit the museum's exhibits, shop for Christmas items, enjoy a snack, and (on Friday night) take a horse drawn carriage ride. 

Victorian Holiday is open 11am-5pm and Friday, December 6, until 8pm. 

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

This event is open to the public and there is no admission fee. 

Major sponsor is the Erie Federal Credit Union. 

Questions? Contact Sara Little, 814-454-1813 x 27 or 


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.