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

One-Room School Picnic

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One-Room School Picnic

The Beringer/Caldwell One-Room School Picnic/Reunion on September 8th

In remembrance of the 300+ One-Room Schoolhouses that once dotted the byways of Mercer County and once educated the vast majority of Mercer County students, the Mercer County Historical Society will be holding its Annual One Room School Reunion/Picnic at the Beringer/Caldwell One Room School located at 2159 Mercer Road, Mercer, PA, 16137, half way between Mercer and Greenville on PA Route 58. On Saturday, September 8th between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., we are inviting all former One Room School students and teachers to come, visit, and re-live the days of ole’. We are also inviting all people who have an interest in those days to come and visit during this celebration, especially children. A light lunch of finger sandwiches, potato or macaroni salad, various chips, and ice cream/cookies will be served. This is FREE and open to the public. Come, visit, and enjoy! For further information, please call the Historical Society at 724-662-3490, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org .

Civil War Roundtable

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Civil War Roundtable

Mercer County Historical Society is Proud to Announce the Continuation of the Civil War Roundtable

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, (the second Tuesday of each month excluding June, July, and August) the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present another season of its Civil War Roundtable starting with a program on the Brickyard at Gettysburg. This would be at the beginning of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, when the Union forces were being pushed out of the town of Gettysburg. This program will be presented by James Carnes and will be enlightening. 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.

Munnell Run Farm Day Ox Roast.

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Munnell Run Farm Day Ox Roast.

MCHS Rural Life Museum Presents its Annual Ox Roast (Roast Beef Dinner).
In Cooperation with the Mercer County Conservation District, the MCHS Rural Life Museum is helping to celebrate the 14th Annual Munnell Run Farm Day on September 16, 2017. We will be serving our annual Ox Roast Dinner—this includes roast beef, potatoes, beans, a drink, and desert. The cost will be $10.00. The Rural Life Museum is located at 98 Avalon Court, Mercer, PA, 16137, which is behind the former Mercer County Home, now Avalon Springs, on PA Route #58 outside of Mercer. There is a lot to see and do on that day—come out and explore the farm at Munnell Run and have a good meal with us! 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.

The Modern History/History in the Making Roundtable is Starting Again!

We will be looking at the Vietnam War—Tet, General Giap, and Guerrilla Warfare.
On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on the Vietnam War; featuring the Prelude to Tet, the successes of General Vo Nguyen Giap, and Guerrilla warfare of the time. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us.
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 .

Fall Quilting Display

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Fall Quilting Display

The Mercer County Historical Society is proud to open our new Social Hall in the Helen Black Miller Memorial Chapel for a temporary exhibit. Our new exhibit will be a variety of donated quilts, other such artifacts, and will be on display from September 19th through October 11th. Please make arrangements to visit this display and our “new” Social Hall—please bring all the folks who might be interested—and come and see these fine examples of fabric art.
The MCHS is a free museum and genealogical library that is open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 until 3:00 excluding holidays. For further information, please call the Historical Society at 724-662-3490, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org .