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

From the Director


In the fifteen plus years our Executive Director—Bill Philson—has been helping to steer the Mercer County Historical Society (MCHS). Many things have changed, but our main mission has remained the same—to protect and preserve the history of Mercer County.


Civil War Roundtable.

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Civil War Roundtable.

Mercer County Historical Society is Proud to continue its Civil War Roundtable.
Gettysburg—the Third Day
On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on the Battle of Gettysburg—Day 3. This was July 3rd, 1863, and brought Pickett’s Charge into the national spotlight and consciousness. This “charge” had three generals leading, all under General Longstreet. This program will be presented by James Carnes. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us. This event is FREE and open to the public.
The Civil War Discussion Group is part of the Mercer County Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to local history. The 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.

History in the Making

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History in the Making

We will be looking at the Korean War.
This month we will be looking at an overview of the “forgotten war”—the Korean War. The program will be presented by David James. This event will occur on November 20, 2018. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us. This event is FREE and open to the public.
The Modern History/History in the Making Discussion Group is part of the Mercer County Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to local history. The roundtable meets on the third 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 .

Sons of Union Veterans

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Sons of Union Veterans

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
At 1:30 in the afternoon of Sunday, November 25, 2018, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Isaac Eaton Camp 504, will meet in the Social Hall (basement) of the Helen Black Miller Memorial Chapel beside the MCHS headquarters in Mercer, PA. For further information, please call the Historical Society at 724-662-3490, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org .

Holiday Hours

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Holiday Hours

The Mercer County Historical Society will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Society will be closed from Thursday, November 22, through Monday, November 26. We will reopen for our scheduled hours on Tuesday November 27. The normal hours of the MCHS are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. For further information, please call the Historical Society at 724-662-3490, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org .

Christmas Open House

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Christmas Open House

In cooperation with the Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce and businesses throughout Mercer Borough, the Mercer County Historical Society will be holding an open house before their annual Christmas on the Square Celebration. We will be open from 4:00 until 6:00 on November 30th at which time the Celebration begins on the Square. Our event features tours of the Society, events for the children, and light refreshments.
Make plans to join the Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce, Mercer, PA for their Christmas on the Square Celebration on Friday, November 30th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This year while we await Santa’s arrival to the Courthouse Square for the tree lighting, we will have a lot of activities for the kids!! Joining us to date will be Boy Scout Pack #83 with a craft and Scouting information; a photo booth with Jennifer Bromley Bungar; ERA JOHNSON REAL ESTATE will have kids’ game: “Pin the Red Nose on Rudolph”; Mercer Theater Kids will be collecting hats, gloves and scarves in costume for their Share the Warmth Drive; Mercer Rotary Club will have popcorn balls and coffee; Quality Life Services -Mercer will have face painting; UPMC for You will have a Spin the Wheel for Prizes and information; Mercer Trinity Church will have hot chocolate and Christmas Music; Who’s Hangry will have Mountain Pies available! The kids will be able to visit with Santa after the tree lighting at The Academy of Dance Anatomy. Prior to all the activities on the Courthouse Square, make a stop at the Mercer County Historical Society from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. for their Christmas Open House. They will have light refreshments. If your business or organization would like to set up an activity, please contact us at 724-662-4185 or mercerchamber@zoominternet.net.

Civil War Roundtable

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Civil War Roundtable

Mercer County Historical Society is Proud to continue its Civil War Roundtable.

Gettysburg—the Second Day
On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on the Battle of Gettysburg—Day 2. This was July 2nd, 1863, and brought several locations to the public’s everlasting attention; Little Round Top, Culp’s Hill, and Cemetery Hill to name a few. This program will be presented by James Carnes. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us. This event is FREE and open to the public.
The Civil War Discussion Group is part of the Mercer County Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to local history. The 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.

LANTERN LIGHT WALKING TOURS OF MERCER BOROUGH

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LANTERN LIGHT WALKING TOURS OF MERCER BOROUGH

October has always been a special month for the Mercer County Historical Society and the MCHS Civil War Roundtable. Each year for the past thirteen or so years, Bill Philson, MCHS Executive Director, has led tours of Mercer Borough and its cemeteries, focusing on various aspects of the Civil War, the Underground Railroad, other issues and events in our history, and enjoying the great fall air. On the Wednesday evenings of October 10, 17, and 24, we will depart from the Society’s Headquarters at 7 PM and should return around 9 PM. or later—weather permitting. Bring a lantern or a flashlight so you can watch your step—the tour will be dark and bumpy in places. We will be walking in excess of a mile and a half—so bring your walking shoes! People who cannot walk that distance will be able to meet us at the various stops; however, they will miss much of the discussion and talking that goes on during the tour. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Old Mercer Cemetery, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, and the Western Pennsylvania Civil War Reenactors Society. Please check our website, www.mchspa.org, before each tour—in case of inclement weather. Call the office of the Mercer County Historical Society for more information—724-662-3490.

History in the Making

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History in the Making

We will be looking at the Battle of Dai Do during the Vietnam War and the Fall of Saigon.

This month we will be breaking the program in two individual parts. The first part will be a first person account of the Battle of Dai Do during the Tet Offensive, Phase II. The second part will feature David James and center on the Fall of Saigon—the largest helicopter evacuation in history!
The Modern History/History in the Making Discussion Group is part of the Mercer County Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to local history. The roundtable meets on the third 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 .

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

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Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

At 1:30 in the afternoon of Sunday, October 28, 2018, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Isaac Eaton Camp 504, will meet in the Social Hall (basement) of the Helen Black Miller Memorial Chapel at the MCHS headquarters in Mercer, PA. For further information, please call the Historical Society at 724-662-3490, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org .

Christmas Specials at MCHS!

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Christmas Specials at MCHS!

Christmas Specials at the Mercer County Historical Society
It is almost Christmas!  The Mercer County Historical Society has a few things that might help you get into the Christmas spirit. 
First we have a wonderful multi-colored Christmas bulb showing the Helen Black Miller Memorial Chapel in red, black, and green with its history in red on the back side of the bulb.  The price of this bulb is a low $10.00 tax included.
The second featured item is our recently published pictorial history of the Shenango Reservoir.  This tabletop book is 8½ by 11 inches, well over 300 pages in length, has over 400 illustrations/photographs, and covers the history of the river, the dam, and the lake.  The price of this book is lowered to $50.00 with tax included—shipping and handling are an added cost.
These are two of our items for sale—other items are available.