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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.


Civil War Roundtable

Posted by on Dec 5, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Civil War Roundtable

Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant—Compare and Contrast
On Tuesday, December 10, 2019, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program comparing and contrasting the two generals that led the final campaigns of the American Civil War—Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S, Grant.
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

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History in the Making

Mercer County Historical Society’s History in the Making Roundtable will present a program the Presidents of the United States—Harry Truman to Gerald Ford: 1945-1977
On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will look the Presidents of the United States—Harry Truman to Gerald Ford—1945-1977. Truman leads the United States into the Atomic Age and the beginning of the Cold War. A WWII hero, Eisenhower is followed by the youthful charisma of John Kennedy until he is assassinated. LBJ struggles with Vietnam, while Nixon will be forced to resign and Ford provides calm and steady leadership. 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

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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 .

Ken Burns: The Civil War

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Ken Burns: The Civil War

On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 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 26th 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. 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.

Pandenarium Dedication

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Pandenarium Dedication

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Mercer County Historical Society Cordially Invite you to the Dedication of a State Historical Marker Commemorating Pandenarium, 1854-1930s
Arriving in November 1854, 165 years ago this year, 63 African Americans brought their pursuit of freedom north to Pennsylvania. Settling near Indian Run in Abolitionist-built houses, formally enslaved men, women, and children pursued a new way of life for multiple generations. These former slaves were freed by and upon the death of their former master. Recent Archaeological investigations combined with historical research are unearthing their stories of hard-fought freedom, collaboration, and perseverance. Please come and join us for the dedication ceremony and reception on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 1:00 PM in the Helen Black Miller Memorial Chapel at 119 South Pitt Street in Mercer, PA. There will be a number of speakers. The headline speaker will be Roland Barksdale-Hall, author of African Americans in Mercer County.

Remember the Dead

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Remember the Dead

Mercer County Historical Society’s History in the Making Roundtable will present a program on “Remember the Dead”


On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will look at first-hand remembrances of survivors from both sides of the war in Europe. 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

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Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

At 1:30 in the afternoon of Sunday, November 24, 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 .

Mercer County, PA, In The American Civil War

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Mercer County, PA, In The American Civil War

A new two volume set of books are now available through the MCHS. These new works, from Mark S. Painter, are titled Mercer County, PA, In The American Civil War Volume I (1860-1863) and Volume II (1864-1865 and beyond) and can now be purchased either on line (www.amazon.com) or at the Historical Society Headquarters in the borough of Mercer. Both volumes have 300+ pages for a total of 600+ pages of first hand documents from the period 1860—1865 and beyond. These books dig deeply into letters, diaries, newspaper articles, and other sources. No stone was unturned searching for information for these books!
Through these in-depth sources the reader can almost envision what life was like at that time in the various towns and backwaters of Mercer County and life on the front lines of the Army or Navy. The reader gets to know these men and women and learn about their struggles, wounds, and, in a lot of cases, their deaths.
Interspaced throughout these books are sections that will explain what is going on in the “whole” war and those sections will be tied to individual thoughts and struggles from Mercer County and other near-by Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio areas. Learn about various people from this area who were embroiled in this massive struggle—from all sides of the Civil War—and their thoughts and actions.
These books are enjoyable to read and should be a “must have” for any Civil War buff or a historical reader interested in learning the true ways of life during the early-to-mid 1860’s in small town America.
The price for each of these books are $24.99 plus tax and shipping online (a very, very, reasonable cost for a book of this length and quality) and can also be bought as individual books at our headquarters in Mercer for the same price ($24.99 plus tax and shipping, if necessary) or as a pair—a two volume set—for $45 tax included (plus shipping if necessary).

Civil War Roundtable

Posted by on Oct 3, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Civil War Roundtable

Mercer County Historical Society will continue its Civil War Roundtable.
Edward Porter Alexander—Civil War Roundtable

On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present its Civil War Roundtable and the program will feature a discussion of Edward Porter Alexander. He was a military engineer, a railroad executive, a planter, and an author. He served first as an officer in the United States Army and later, during the American Civil War, in the Confederate Army, rising to the rank of brigadier general.
Alexander was the officer in charge of the massive artillery bombardment preceding Pickett’s Charge, at the Battle of Gettysburg, and is also noted for his early use of signals and observation balloons during combat. After the Civil War, he taught mathematics at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, spent time in Nicaragua working on various projects, and wrote extensive memoirs and analyses of the war, which have received much praise for their insight and objectivity. His Military Memoirs of a Confederate was published in 1907. An extensive personal account of his military training and his participation in the Civil War was rediscovered long after his death and published in 1989 as Fighting for the Confederacy.
This program will be presented by James Carnes. 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. 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 Roundtable

Posted by on Oct 3, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

History in the Making Roundtable

Mercer County Historical Society’s History in the Making Roundtable will look at the African-American Involvement on “D-Day”

On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will look at the African-American involvement during “D-Day” during World War II at a time when the American Army was totally segregated. The program will be presented by David James. 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 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 .