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.


The Seven Days Battle

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

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

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

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!

FOURTH OF JULY HOURS

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

FOURTH OF JULY HOURS

In recognition of the Fourth of July Holiday, the Mercer County Historical Society will be closed on Saturday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 4. The MCHS will reopen at its regular hours at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5th.

Summer Hours

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Summer Hours

SUMMER HOURS FOR THE MERCER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY AND IN ITS MERCER LOCATIONS.

Through-out the summer, the Mercer County Historical Society will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Beringer/Caldwell One-Room School House at 2159 Mercer Road in Mercer, the Raisch Log Cabin at 285 East High Street in Sharpsville, and the Rural Life Museum at 98 Avalon Court in Mercer on Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. We will be closed on holidays.
There will be the regular hours at the Anderson/Magoffin Complex in Mercer Borough at 119 South Pitt Street, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Fridays and from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. We will be closed on Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.
All of these sites belonging to the Mercer County Historical Society are free and open to the public. They are available for tours and, at the Anderson/Magoffin Complex, open for genealogical research

MCHS Annual Dinner

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

MCHS Annual Dinner

The MCHS is proud to present our Annual Dinner on Sunday evening, May 7th, at 5:00 P.M. in the MCHS Buildings located at 119 South Pitt Street in the borough of Mercer. The evening will start at 5:00 P.M. with a reception in the James K. Sewall Memorial Library of the Anderson House. We will then proceed to the Social Hall of the Helen Black Miller Memorial Chapel where we will have dinner (6:15 pm), our business meeting, which will consist of a report on the Historical Society and election of officers and members of the Board of Directors, and our program (7:15 pm)—on the Mercer County Courthouse.
The cost of the dinner ticket is twelve ($12.00) dollars (the same as last year), and dinner reservations must be made on/or before Wednesday May 3rd by stopping into the MCHS headquarters, by mail (MCHS, 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA, 16137, please include a SASE), or by phoning 724-662-3490. The MCHS is open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10:00 until 4:30 and from 10:00 until 3:00 on Saturdays. There is limited seating in the Social Hall, so tickets are “first come/first served.” There is no charge to attend the reception, the business meeting, or the program on the Mercer County Courthouse.

THE VENANGO BRIGADE

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

THE VENANGO BRIGADE

MUSIC FROM THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program of Music from the Civil War. This program will be presented by the Venango Brigade—featuring Steve Johnston on the tin whistle and John Tenney on the minstrel bones. These two gentlemen have provided many “concerts.” The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us.
The Venango Brigade is a unique combination of instruments performing music from the American Civil War era. Using a straight forward performance approach with the music, the Venango Brigade gives the audience a highly entertaining and enjoyable experience while maintaining a relaxed atmosphere. Great for smaller settings, the combination of the whistle (penny whistle) and minstrel bones provide the perfect touch. These two gentlemen have provided many “concerts” and this should be a unique experience for the Civil War Roundtable.
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 .

“EAGLES OF MERCY:” WWII MEDICS

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

“EAGLES OF MERCY:” WWII MEDICS

HISTORY IN THE MAKING DISCUSSION GROUP

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society will present —“History in the Making.”  We will be studying the role of airborne medics.  The doors will open at 6:30 PM at the library of the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA); the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00.  Please join us.  Part of this program will be on video combined with a general discussion of the topic.

The “History in the Making” Discussion Group is part of the Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to world and local history.  This roundtable will meet 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