119 South Pitt Street · Mercer, Pennsylvania 16137 · 724-662-3490
info@mchspa.org

We Are Now Open

We have gotten through a rather long period of quarantine and have reopened. We are open from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm Tuesdays through Fridays and 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on Saturdays. We are taking protective measures for the near future (until the pandemic is over) for the health of our patrons, volunteers, and staff. For your safety and ours you will be required to ware a mask (provided by the Society) inside the Society, your temperature will be taken as you enter, you will be required to sign in with both name and a telephone number, no more than seven (7) people will be allowed in any part of the Society, and you will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer (provide by the Society). These are reasonable precautions and are required of all guests—as a private non-profit organization we will enforce these simple rules.The Rural Life Museum behind the old County Home off of PA Route #58, the Beringer/Caldwell One-Room School between Mercer and Greenville on PA Route #58, and the Raisch Log Cabin on High Street in Sharpsville, PA, have all reopened for the summer. Our hours are Sundays through Labor Day 1:00 until 5:00 pm. Please stop by and...
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Canceled Events

Items Canceled due to Pandemic The Mercer County Historical Society will not be holding face-to-face meetings or events through December and perhaps longer—depending on the conditions presented by the pandemic and instructions from Local, State, and Federal Governments and/or Health Departments.This includes—but is not limited to—our Beringer/Caldwell One-Room School Reunion, our Ox Roast at the Rural Life Museum, our Civil War Roundtables on the second Tuesday of the months September through May at 7:00 pm, and our History in the Making programs on the third Tuesday of the above-mentioned months also at 7:00 pm.We are in the early phases of attempting to make the Civil War Roundtable and History in the Making available online for our patrons, but have not yet been able to arrange these events. Please keep watching local newspapers for more details or contact us directly at 724-662-3490, or info@mchspa.org, for more information.The Mercer County, PA, Historical Society is free and open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Stop in and enjoy our museums, library, and...
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New Book Available

New Book Available at the Mercer County Historical SocietyThere is a new book available at the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA 16137—724-662-3490).  It is titled Find’ Em: On the Trail with the Silent Cop by Alison Schemrich.  This book documents the true life exploits of two local Greenville men, Jim Bridon and Ray Messina, and their experiences with bloodhounds and police in Mercer County and the surrounding communities.  The price for this book is just $5.00 plus tax ($5.30 total) and Shipping and Handling as...
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Mercer County, PA, In The American Civil War

  A two volume set of books is now available through the MCHS.  These works, from Mark S. Painter, are titled Mercer County, PA, In The American Civil War Volume I (1860-1863) and Volume II (1864-1865 and beyond) and can now be purchased either on line (www.amazon.com) or at the Historical Society Headquarters in the borough of Mercer.  Both volumes have 300+ pages for a total of 600+ pages of first hand documents from the period 1860—1865 and beyond.  These books dig deeply into letters, diaries, newspaper articles, and other sources.  No known stone was left unturned searching for information for these books!Through these in-depth sources the reader can almost envision what life was like at that time in the various towns and backwaters of Mercer County and life on the front lines of the Army or Navy.  The reader gets to know these men and women and learn about their struggles, wounds, and—in a lot of cases—their deaths.Interspersed throughout these books are sections that will explain what is going on in the “whole” war and those sections will be tied to individual thoughts and struggles from Mercer County and other near-by Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio areas.  Learn about various people from this area who were embroiled in this massive struggle—from all sides of the Civil War—and their thoughts and actions. These books are enjoyable to read and should be a “must have” for any Civil War buff or a historical reader interested in learning the true ways of life during the early-to-mid 1860’s in small town America.The price for each of these books is $24.99 per individual book plus tax and shipping (if necessary) online (a very, very, reasonable cost for a book of this length and quality) and can also be bought as individual books at our headquarters in Mercer for the same price ($24.99 plus tax and shipping (if necessary)) or as a pair—a two volume set—for $45 tax included (plus shipping if necessary).  Save just under $8.00 when you buy both volumes at the headquarters of the Mercer County Historical...
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The Shenango Reservoir

Finally, the Shenango Reservoir—50th Anniversary Souvenir Photographic Remembrance is finished—350 pages and more than 475 photos and images. This book is 8 ½ by 11 and is a wonderful coffee table book. You can get one at the Mercer County Historical Society—the price here is $55.00, tax included. Or you can order these books from CreateSpace at https://www.createspace.com/7264504.
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The J.A. Stevenson Murder

A story told in the papers. Greenville Evening Record August 14, 1916 pg column 1&2 Osgood Man Murdered in his home last night J.A. Stevenson Met His Death in an Encounter With Burglars Who Got Away With $400 J.A. Stevenson of Osgood, proprietor of a country store and eating house, was found murdered in his home in that village shortly after midnight this morning by unknown burglars, who secured nearly $400. Mr. Stevenson was shot three times. One bullet broke his left arm, a second entered his left side, punctured a lung and came out on the right side near the back. The third missile was embedded in the body. Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson were alone in the house, in their bedroom on the second floor. Shortly after midnight they were awakened and found two men in the room. Mr. Stevenson seized a revolver lying on a table at the head of the bed and fired at the intruders, who ran, carrying Mr. Stevenson’s trousers containing his money. He followed them through an empty room to the head of the stairs, and down to the door of the kitchen, where he fell and expired before even the nearest neighbor could reach him. Mrs. Stevenson ran to the home of Jeff Williams, who telephoned for help to Greenville. Burgess Guy Thorne, Officers Landers, Grover, and Bessemer Detective Dennis Riley responded, and were at the Stevenson home at 2 o’clock. Coroner McBride of Sharon and Coroner’s Physician Steele of Greenville were also summoned and concluded a post mortem and investigation. Search of the premises showed there had been a struggle in the room next to the bedroom; there was a small spot of blood on the hall carpet, and only one of the three shots fired by Mr. Stevenson could be found. That went through a door and into a bed in an adjoining room where it was found. It is believed the other two took effect in the bodies of the robbers. Mr. Stevenson’s shirt was torn about the neck and there were marks and bruises on his neck where the murderer grappled with him. As he reached the kitchen door he fell to the floor, exclaiming to his wife, “They got my money and I guess they got me too.” These were his last words, and he died before Mr. Williams reached the house. The officers found the burglars...
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