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.


Temporarily Closed

Posted by on Mar 19, 2020 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Temporarily Closed

By order of Governor Wolf, the Mercer County Historical Society is closed until further notice. You may email executive director Bill Philson at wcphilson@gmail.com with questions regarding any research you need help with. Take care of yourselves and your families and we’ll see you down the road.

Event Cancellations

Posted by on Mar 16, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Event Cancellations

Due to the covid-19 crisis, the history in the making and civil war roundtables are cancelled until further notice. The MCHS will maintain regular office hours at this time, Tuesday- Friday 10am to 4:30pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm. We will keep you posted should the situation change. Thanks for your understanding.

John Buford. Jr. at Gettysburg

Posted by on Mar 3, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

John Buford. Jr. at Gettysburg

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on John Buford at Gettysburg. John Buford, Jr. (March 4, 1826 – December 16, 1863) was a United States Army cavalry officer. He fought for the Union as a brigadier general during the American Civil War. Buford is best known for having played a major role in the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, by obtaining the ‘high ground’ while in command of a division.
Jim Carnes will conduct and moderate the program. The doors open about 6:30 P.M. The program starts at 7:00 P.M. and should end sometime around 9:00. Come, enjoy yourself, and learn something new!
The Civil War Discussion Group is part of the Mercer County Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to local history. This 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.
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Sherman’s March to the Sea

Posted by on Mar 3, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Sherman’s March to the Sea

Mercer County Historical Society’s History in the Making: Sherman’s March to the Sea
On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will look at the unfinished Civil War—the Confederate Flag and today’s world. David James conducts and moderates this program. 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. This 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

Posted by on Mar 3, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Sons of Union Veterans

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
At 1:30 in the afternoon of Sunday, March 29, 2020, 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 (119 South Pitt Street). 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

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Civil War Roundtable

James Longstreet, Generals Robert E. Lee’s “Old War Horse”
On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on Confederate General James Longstreet during the Civil War. He was born on January 8, 1821, in South Carolina and grew up in Georgia. Longstreet graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1842. He fought in the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War and was General Lee’s principal subordinate. His nickname during the Civil War was “Old Pete”. After the Civil War, Longstreet became a Republican and supported U.S. Grant for President—earning a bad reputation amongst his former supporters and was thereafter called a “scalawag.” Longstreet died in 1904.
Jim Carnes will conduct and moderate the program. The doors open about 6:30 P.M. The program starts at 7:00 P.M. and should end sometime around 9:00. Come, enjoy yourself, and learn something new!
The Civil War Discussion Group is part of the Mercer County Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to local history. This 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

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

History in the Making

Mercer County Historical Society’s History in the Making Roundtable will present a program on Ronald Reagan—Rendezvous with Destiny
On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will look the Reagan Years as President. This film documents the life and legacy of the 40th President of the United States and is hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich. It features never-before-seen interviews with former heads of state, cabinet officials and White House Staff. It tells the story of the Reagan presidency and the three pillars that shaped his time in office: reviving the American economy, restoring America’s spirit, and challenging the oppression of the Soviet Union.
David James conducts and moderates this program. 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. This 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

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

At 1:30 in the afternoon of Sunday, January 26, 2020, 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 (119 South Pitt Street). 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 and Holiday Hours

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Christmas and Holiday Hours

Christmas and Holiday Hours at the MCHS

The Mercer County Historical Society will be closed from Sunday, December 22nd, until Wednesday, January 2nd, for the Christmas Holidays. We will be closing at 3:00 PM on Saturday, December 21st, and will reopen at 10:00 AM on Thursday, January 2nd, for our normal business hours. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays!
The normal business hours for the Mercer County Historical Society are Tuesdays through Fridays, 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM and Saturdays 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. We are closed Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.

Sons of Union Veterans

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Sons of Union Veterans

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
At 1:30 in the afternoon of Sunday, December 29, 2019, 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 (119 South Pitt Street). For further information, please call the Historical Society at 724-662-3490, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org .