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.


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

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, October 22, 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

The Seven Days Battle

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The Seven Days Battle

The Civil War Roundtable is Starting Again! The Seven Days Battle, featuring the Amazing General Lee!
On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on the Seven Days Battle. This would be the seven days that Robert E. Lee turned the tide on the Union Army during the Peninsular Campaign. 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.
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 .

Annual Ox Roast

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Annual 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 Munnell Run Farm Day on September 17, 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!

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 President’s 1865-1885.
On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on the Presidents from 1865 until 1885. 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 .

The Shenango Reservoir

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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.

Beringer/Caldwell One-Room School Reunion Picnic

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Beringer/Caldwell One-Room School Reunion Picnic

In remembrance of the 300+ One-Room Schoolhouses that once decorated the byways of Mercer County, the Mercer County Historical Society will be holding its One Room School Reunion 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 September 10 between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., we are inviting all former One Room School students to come, visit, and relived 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 salad, various chips, and ice cream will be served. This is FREE and open to the public. Come, visit, and enjoy!