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.


Veterans Day Closing

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Veterans Day Closing

The Mercer County Historical Society will be closed on Saturday, November 11, 2017, due to Veterans Day. We will be open on November 10th until 4:30 and will resume our normal schedule on November 14th. Our normal schedule is Tuesday through Friday: 10:00 until 4:30 and Saturday from 10:00 until 3:00. We are closed on Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.

A Civil War Captain and His Lady

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A Civil War Captain and His Lady

A Civil War Captain and His Lady by Gene Barr

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on the lives of Josiah Moore and Jennie Lindsay. Josiah was in the 17th Illinois Infantry from Monmouth, Illinois, and served in the Western Theater of the Civil War. Jennie was a rather well to do woman from Peoria, Illinois. The book explores Civil War life and courting during that era. This program will be presented by William Philson, MCHS Executive Director, and should be very enlightening. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us.

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 .

Ghost Rails XIV Book Signing

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Ghost Rails XIV Book Signing

Ghost Rails XIV—Hallowed Grounds—Pardoe is Hallowed Grounds—Book Signing
On Saturday, November 18, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will be hosting a book signing for Ghost Rails XIV—Hallowed Grounds by Wayne Cole, from 10:00 until 2:00. Wayne Cole will be signing his book—a 296 page, 200 photo, book. The price for the book is $50.00. This book covers Pardoe, Mercer, Mercer Junction, Coolspring Station, Filer Station, Houston Junction, and Rattlesnake Swamp.

History in the Making

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History in the Making

AFRICAN-AMERICANS TROOPS DURING D-DAY.
On Tuesday, November 21, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on African-American Troops during the D-Day invasion. 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 .

Holiday Hours

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Holiday Hours

The Mercer County Historical Society will be closed Thursday, November 23 through November 28, 2017, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. We will resume our normal schedule on November 29th. Our normal schedule is Tuesday through Friday: 10:00 until 4:30 and Saturday from 10:00 until 3:00. We are closed on Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.

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 26, 2017, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Isaac Eaton Camp, will meet in the Social Hall (basement) of the Helen Black Miller Memorial Chapel at the MCHS headquarters in Mercer, PA

Closed Saturday, Oct. 7

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Closed Saturday, Oct. 7

The Mercer County Historical Society will be closed on Saturday, October 7, 2017, due to Columbus Day. We will be open on October 6th until 4:30 and will resume our normal schedule on October 10th. Our Normal schedule is Tuesday through Friday: 10:00 until 4:30 and Saturday from 10:00 until 3:00. We are closed on Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.

WHO’S IN BOOTH’S GRAVE?

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WHO’S IN BOOTH’S GRAVE?

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on a rather different topic—who is in Booth’s Grave? Some say Booth did not die in Virginia. Some say he escaped and went to England or India—where he lived an innocuous life, passing away much later. This program will be presented by James Carnes and will be very enlightening. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us.
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 WALKING TOURS

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LANTERN WALKING TOURS

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 twelve 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 11, 18, and 25, 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, in case of inclement weather. Call the office of the Mercer County Historical Society for more information—724-662-3490.

THE MODERN HISTORY

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THE MODERN HISTORY

THE MODERN HISTORY/HISTORY IN THE MAKING ROUNDTABLE.
WE WILL BE LOOKING AT THE 101ST DIVISION IN WORLD WAR II.
On Tuesday, September 17, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on the 101 Division in WWII. 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 .
October 3, 2017