Erie PA Genealogy & Historical Happenings in October 2015

Free Lecture: Servicewomen of WWII, by Sarah Westrick

Tuesday October 13, 2015 at 7:00pm in the Carriage House of the Thomas B. Hagen History Center at 356 West Sixth Street.

The lecture, which is open to the public, is being hosted by the Erie Society for Genealogical Research, and will be preceded by a brief general membership meeting, from 6:30 to 7:00.


Free Lecture: Erie’s Lighthouses by Eugene Ware

Sun, October 25, 2:00pm–3:30pm.
Erie Maritime Museum, East Front Street, Erie

RSVP to Andrew 814.452.2744 ext 225 or


Waterford Cemetery Tour

Fort LeBoeuf Historical Society, 1 High Street, Waterford
October 17th, 1pm & 3pm. Cost is $5 per person. For questions, please call (814) 440-3044 or visit


Haunted History Walks of Waterford

Fort Leboeuf Historical Society, 1 High Street, Waterford
The Fort LeBoeuf Historical Society will conduct Historical Ghost Walking Tours every Saturday and Sunday in October. Tours will start at the Fort LeBoeuf Museum at the corner of High Street and First Alley. The tours will start on the half hour beginning at 6:00 p.m. $9 for Adults, $5 for children 3-12, and children two or under are free.

For questions, please call (814) 440-3044 or visit


Ghosts and Legends, Erie Cemetery Walking Tour

Sunday, October 18, 11am & 2pm. join Caroline Reichel for a 60 to 90 minute walking tour of the Erie Cemetery. Tours begin at the cemetery’s main gate, 2116 Chestnut Street.

Hear some of the Erie Cemetery’s mysterious legends and learn about people that lived and died in unusual ways.

Cost is $10 per adult, $8 per child (12 and under). Reservations can be made by calling Caroline Reichel at (814) 868-4423, or arrive at the Erie Cemetery’s gate and purchase your tickets at the day of the tour.

For additional information, email

Ghosts & Legends Tour of Hope Cemetery

Little Church on the Hill, 16410 High Street, Albion
October 24th: 2pm-3pm & 8pm-9pm
October 31st: 9pm-10pm

The Elk Creek Township Historical Society’s annual Ghosts and Legends of Hope Cemetery Tours will be held again this year. An RSVP is required by the Friday before the tour. Please be sure to email or call 814-323-0447 and leave your name, a contact number, and the number of people that you will be bringing. Tickets are $3 per person and $5 per couple.


Fairview Area Historical Society Public Meeting

Wed, October 21, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Sturgeon House, 4302 Avonia Road (Route 98) in Fairview.

Meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact the Society at (814) 474-5855.


Elk Creek Historical Society Coffee House

The Little Church on the Hill, 16410 High Street, Albion, PA Sat, October 17, 7pm – 9pm.

Are you interested in music, history, and fun? Then stop by The Little Church on the Hill’s monthly coffee house in Wellsburg, PA. The music begins at 7 pm and goes until 9 pm. There will be refreshments, door prizes, and a 50/50 raffle during intermission. All donations go towards the restoration and preservation of this 156 year old historic landmark. Bring friends and family for a night of music and fun. For additional information, contact the Elk Creek Historical Society at

Erie County History


I stopped by the Hagen History Center the other day and had a nice chat with Annita, who, if you don’t know her, is the historical society’s archivist, having served as such long enough to be the go-to person for everything that’s happened in the County for the last two hundred years, give or take… 🙂

The Reading Room, aside from being gorgeous, smells of cherry wood and old books, and, as befitting a library of history, gives one a sense of being in the presence of greatness, as if perhaps Erie’s pioneers and early industrialists are looking over our shoulders, guiding us through the sea of their business and personal papers, helping us to reconstruct Erie County’s formative years and unveil the part they played in making it was it is today.

The staff at the history center has been hard at work filling the rooms of the Watson-Curtze Mansion with exhibits of all sorts. I believe there are eleven. Particularly delightful is the collection of vintage postcards. The Herculean task of moving the archives into the new storage space at the back of the Carriage House is on a brief hold until the supports for the mezzanine that will hold the 3-D collections and the movable shelving for everything else, arrive. The archives’ holdings are in storage at the old site and are difficult to access. I’d recommend checking with Annita ahead of a research visit, if you need something during the transition.