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.


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.

SUMMER HOURS FOR MCHS

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SUMMER HOURS FOR MCHS

As you may already know, the Mercer County Historical Society (MCHS) has regular hours each week—except for holidays. Those hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:00 until 4:30 and Saturdays from 10:00 until 3:00 for the Anderson Building, the Magoffin House, the Helen Black Miller Memorial Museum, and the Thomas McClain & Son Print Shop.
However, did you know we have other sites and hours, as well? The three outlying museums of the MCHS are the Beringer/Caldwell One-Room School, halfway between Mercer and Greenville, PA, on PA Route #58 at 2159 Mercer Road, Mercer, PA, 16137; the Rural Life Museum, on PA Route #58, behind the former County Home and Hospital (Avalon Springs) located at 98 Avalon Court, Mercer, PA, 16137; and the Raisch Log Cabin at 385 East High Street, Sharpsville, PA, 16150 will be opening on the Sunday, May 28th, and will remain open until at least the Sunday before Labor Day. The hours for these museums are from 1:00 until 5:00 and there is no charge or admission fee to visit or tour any of our museums. We urge families, individuals, and friends to visit these alternative museums and locations.
The MCHS is also the owner of the Indian Graveyard located near Milledgeville on Custaloga Town Boy Scout Camp at 55 Boy Scout Lane, Carlton, PA, 16311. It can be visited at any time. Say hello to the Boy Scouts for us!
We would like to thank the volunteer curators of these outlying museums for their efforts and time; Paul Mehalko at the Raisch Log Cabin; Dale Boyd at the Rural Life Museum; and our two newest Curators at the Beringer/Caldwell One-Room School, Linda Ealy and Helen Edeburn Shappell. Thank you very much!

Holiday Hours at the Society

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Holiday Hours at the Society

The Mercer County Historical Society will be closed for the Easter Holiday from 12:00, noon, on Friday, March 30th, through Monday, April 2nd. We will be opening for our regular hours on Tuesday, April 3rd. Our regular hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, 10:00 A.M. through 4:30 P.M. and Saturdays from 10:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. Have a nice holiday!
March 27, 2018

Ken Burns: The Civil War

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Ken Burns: The Civil War

25th ANNIVERSARY! Ken Burns’ The Civil War
On Tuesday, April 10th, 2018, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present another program on Ken Burns’ multi-part documentary the Civil War celebrating the documentarys 25th anniversary. This will include part of the documentary and a discussion of the viewed part of the program.
Bill Philson 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. 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 .

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING

THE MODERN HISTORY/HISTORY IN THE MAKING ROUNDTABLE.
Admiral William F. (Bull) Halsey, Jr.—Leyte Gulf
On Tuesday, April 17th, 2018, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on the Battle of Leyte Gulf and “Bull” Halsey, 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.

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, April 25th, 2018, 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.

Ken Burns’ The Civil War

Posted by on Mar 10, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Ken Burns’ The Civil War

25th ANNIVERSARY!
Ken Burns’ The Civil War
On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on Ken Burns’ multi-part documentary the Civil War celebrating its 25th anniversary. This will include part of the documentary and a discussion of the viewed part of the program.
Bill Philson 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. 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 .