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.


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 .

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, September 23, 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 .

Annual Meeting

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Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting & Dinner on May 5th
The MCHS is proud to present our Annual Dinner on Saturday evening, May 5th, at 5:00 P.M. in the MCHS Complex located at 119 South Pitt Street in the borough of Mercer, PA. 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 Camp Reynolds during WWII by Art Williams and music by the Grove City College String Quartet.
The cost of the dinner ticket is twelve ($12.00) dollars (the same as last several years), and dinner reservations must be made on/or before Wednesday May 2nd 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 Camp Reynolds during WWII.

MUSIC FROM THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

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MUSIC FROM THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

THE VENANGO BRIGADE
On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 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. This should be another 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, 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 .

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING

THE MODERN HISTORY/HISTORY IN THE MAKING ROUNDTABLE.
Remember
On Tuesday, May 15th, 2018, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on Remember, the unforeseen remembrances of European survivors after the second World War (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, 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.

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, May 27th, 2018, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Isaac Eaton Camp Number 504, will meet in the Social Hall (basement) of the Helen Black Miller Memorial Chapel at the MCHS headquarters in Mercer, PA.