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

One Room School Closure

The Beringer/Caldwell One-Room School will be closed June 23.
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Sandy Lake Breeze Microfilm

Over the course of the last several months, the MCHS has received a number of copies of local newspapers as accessions. Among these recent newspaper accessions have been a significant number of Sandy Lake Breeze newspapers. The MCHS is starting a new phase of our microfilming program on August 15, 2019. We are starting with the Breeze and hope to continue to other newspapers. Even though we have received a number of Breeze’s we hope to fill in as many “gaps” as we possibly can before we microfilm. We are asking for your help. If you have any copies of any newspapers, especially the Sandy Lake Breeze’s, we are asking you to submit them to the MCHS to have them microfilmed—even if you found them in your attic, basement, or garage; or on the bottom of various dressers around your house or even under your carpets. After microfilming, we are willing to keep them in our collection or return them to you. There are several steps we have to take before we can microfilm them: 1) we have to hydrate them to ensure their durability, 2) we have to make sure we do not have duplicate copies and we choose the better copies, and 3) we have to place them in chronological order. As you can imagine, this takes a bit of time. If you are able to help us, please submit your newspapers to us no later than August 8th. Thank you. If you are willing to help us in the microfilming process, please contact us—this process is not difficult and can be taught by our staff/volunteers. Please consider helping. 724-662-3490 info@mchspa.org Drop us a note or stop in and talk to us at our headquarters (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA,...
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Pandemonium in the news!

Hello folks: This morning I got an email from a friend of the Society, and a friend of mine, Angie Jaillet-Wentling, sharing a link to a local interest story that was produced last week. Please click on the link and give this story a look! It should be available for several weeks. Bill Philson ____________ Congratulations, Angie!!!! Linda A. Ries, Editor Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies Pennsylvania Historical Association 500 Ninth Street New Cumberland, PA 17070 “All worthwhile endeavors are 90% work and 10% love and only the love should show.” – Chuck Jones From: Jaillet-Wentling, Angela Sent: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 9:33 AM Subject: Pandemonium (36ME253) in the news! Good morning all! If you’ve made the mistake (kidding!) of helping on the site or showing interest in the archaeology out at Pandenarium, please see below for the recent news story featuring the site and its recent approval for a state historical marker! Steve Vesey at WFMJ Today did a really nice job of summing up a lot of archaeology-talk and I’m pretty happy with it. My hope is that we’ll be able to identify some descendants and other interested individuals in time to include and/or invite them to the marker’s dedication ceremony. http://www.wfmj.com/clip/14845448/mercer-county-honors-history-behind-pandenarium As an update to the marker nomination, it was both accepted and fully-funded by PHMC as part of a special initiative meant to help with under-represented populations in Pennsylvania. Pandenarium’s marker qualified on two counts as it is commemorating African American history and an archaeological site. I’ve been working with PennDOT’s Cultural Resource Professional in D-1, Don Burden, to identify an appropriate and safe location for the marker within PennDOT right-of-way. I think the best candidate is actually behind the brand new guardrail installed just south of the Iron Bridge Inn in the northwestern quadrant of the new (not iron) bridge. My next step, for those interested in attending or helping to plan the marker dedication ceremony, is to have the text and marker finalized with the PHMC. I’d also like to nail down a venue for the dedication ceremony and/or reception. I’ve been told that November 2019 is a doable date in terms of production and shipping to the MCHS (and it’s my hope as that’ll put us at 165 years since the inhabitants arrived!). So, for those interested or involved on that end, please standby ?. All my best and thanks...
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The Mercer County Historical Society is planning to have a book sale starting this Saturday during the Mercer Borough Community wide Yard Sale and running through the Memorial Day weekend festivities. Stop by, check out what books we may have, and please tell all your friends! We will have low prices.
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Come one, come all . . . the Mercer County Historical Society needs volunteers to help spruce up the grounds before the Mercer Memorial Day weekend.  If you have a bit of spare time, we would love to have your help.  Some jobs include:  raking and bagging leaves, weeding, helping the Gail Habbyshaw Flower Garden, working on our tulip garden, and more.  Please contact Bill is you are available to...
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