119 South Pitt Street · Mercer, Pennsylvania 16137 · 724-662-3490

We’re Opening!

The Mercer County Historical Society (MCHS) will be opening Friday, June 26, 2020. Please follow the following rules for admittance. We reserve the right to NOT ALLOW ENTRANCE to anyone failing to follow our guidelines, which follows all CDC, Federal, State and Local guidelines. Please DO NOT come in if you think you have been infected with COVID-19, been around someone who has been identified with COVID-19, or if you have a cough, fever, or think you might be getting sick. There is a MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY of seven people at one time in our library. This includes patrons, volunteers, and staff. Once inside, you will be required to sanitize your hands (provided by MCHS), put on a mask (provided by the MCHS or your own), and have your temperature taken by a volunteer or staff member of the MCHS (your temperature must be under 100.4 degrees). Then you must sign in in our lobby—including a phone number—so we can contact you in the unlikely event someone here develops COVID-19 or its symptoms. You will also be required to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from other patrons, volunteers, or staff. Please cough or sneeze into a tissue and throw it, along with any used wipes, away into a waste basket (throughout the MCHS). Please leave any books, files, or other items used in research or reading on the desks to be cleaned by you (using wipes), or the volunteers or staff. Guided tours will be conducted three times a day, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, or 3:00 PM. You must reserve times by calling the MCHS at 724-662-3490. No more than seven people will be allowed on a tour. They will last no longer than 45 minutes. The patrons will sanitize their hands, wear a mask, sign in, and attempt not to touch anything within the museum and agree to all the below conditions once they leave. Once you leave the MCHS, please contact us if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or you test positive with...
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Some New Beautification

Many thanks to Dave and Amy Tomson, as well as to President Robert F. Lark, for using their green thumbs to beautify the Anderson/Magoffin Complex and the Gail Habbyshaw Memorial Flower Garden. The new stone honoring Gail was installed this past...
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Event Cancellations

Due to the covid-19 crisis, the history in the making and civil war roundtables are cancelled until further notice. The MCHS will maintain regular office hours at this time, Tuesday- Friday 10am to 4:30pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm. We will keep you posted should the situation change. Thanks for your understanding.
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Temporarily Closed

By order of Governor Wolf, the Mercer County Historical Society is closed until further notice. You may email executive director Bill Philson at wcphilson@gmail.com with questions regarding any research you need help with. Take care of yourselves and your families and we’ll see you down the road.
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John Buford. Jr. at Gettysburg

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on John Buford at Gettysburg. John Buford, Jr. (March 4, 1826 – December 16, 1863) was a United States Army cavalry officer. He fought for the Union as a brigadier general during the American Civil War. Buford is best known for having played a major role in the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, by obtaining the ‘high ground’ while in command of a division.Jim Carnes will conduct and moderate the program. The doors open about 6:30 P.M. The program starts at 7:00 P.M. and should end sometime around 9:00. Come, enjoy yourself, and learn something new!The Civil War Discussion Group is part of the Mercer County Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to local history. This roundtable meets on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May. Participation in the discussion group is open to the public and is free. The Historical Society’s Headquarters is at 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer. For further information, please call the Historical Society at 724-662-3490, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org.FOR IMMEDIATE...
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