Upcoming Genealogical & Historical Goings-On in Erie, PA

Edinboro Area Historical Society Annual Dinner

Wed, January 27, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Nick’s Place, 12246 Edinboro Road, Edinboro

The Society’s keynote speaker is Caleb Pifer. Pifer grew up in Erie and Perth, Australia. He received a B.S. in Political Communications from the University of Texas at Austin.

He has worked professionally in Houston,Texas, and Newport, Rhode Island. Pifer served as the Program Director for the world’s only floating preparatory school and engaged in a world voyage which finished in 2007 covering the continents of North America, Europe, Africa, and South America. He then went on to co-found Educational Partner-Ships in Newport, Rhode Island. The company is a management consultancy that works in the museum and higher education fields.

He recently served as executive director of the Erie County Historical Society, where he was responsible for the leadership and growth of Erie’s oldest cultural organization. Pifer joined the historical society in September 2012 after spending three years with the Flagship Niagara League, the last as director of marketing and development. “I returned to Erie to work with the Flagship Niagara League, and have tried to show through both organizations that Erie possesses truly world-class cultural assets. Erie is hungry for new leaders with fresh ideas,” he said. [This information was extracted from the Erie Yesterday website].


Talk by Claire Varrieur Butler, on Evernote for Genealogists

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 7:00pm
Thomas B. Hagen History Center
356 West Sixth Street

Free to the public. Claire will share tips on how genealogists can take advantage of this popular note-taking software’s web-clipper, notebooks, tags, and many other features, to capture and organize vast amounts of information from many sources. Sponsored by the Erie Society for Genealogical Research.

Please arrive between 6:30 and 6:50pm. The lecture will be proceeded by a brief society membership meeting at 6:30pm.


The Tale of the Steamer The Erie – Lake Erie Calamity

Tue, February 23, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Jefferson Educational Society, 3207 State Street, Erie

In the 1800s, any news from America was exciting, even horrific accounts. One such event was the conflagration of the steamer “The Erie,” which left 270 dead, most of them German immigrants. Inspired, novelist Theodor Fontane wrote his bestselling poem “John Maynard,” a larger than life rendition of the true helmsman Luther Fuller. The work has been on many reading lists to the point that Buffalo erected a historical marker dedicated to John Maynard. Discover a heroic saga and how literature and a real event created an enduring fable across the ocean. – Angela Beaumont, M.A

Register online at the Jefferson Society Website

[This information was extracted from the Erie Yesterday website].