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.


Civil War Roundtable

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Civil War Roundtable

James Longstreet, Generals Robert E. Lee’s “Old War Horse”
On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on Confederate General James Longstreet during the Civil War. He was born on January 8, 1821, in South Carolina and grew up in Georgia. Longstreet graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1842. He fought in the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War and was General Lee’s principal subordinate. His nickname during the Civil War was “Old Pete”. After the Civil War, Longstreet became a Republican and supported U.S. Grant for President—earning a bad reputation amongst his former supporters and was thereafter called a “scalawag.” Longstreet died in 1904.
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 on Ronald Reagan—Rendezvous with Destiny
On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will look the Reagan Years as President. This film documents the life and legacy of the 40th President of the United States and is hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich. It features never-before-seen interviews with former heads of state, cabinet officials and White House Staff. It tells the story of the Reagan presidency and the three pillars that shaped his time in office: reviving the American economy, restoring America’s spirit, and challenging the oppression of the Soviet Union.
David James conducts and moderates this program. 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, January 26, 2020, 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 .

Christmas and Holiday Hours

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Christmas and Holiday Hours

Christmas and Holiday Hours at the MCHS

The Mercer County Historical Society will be closed from Sunday, December 22nd, until Wednesday, January 2nd, for the Christmas Holidays. We will be closing at 3:00 PM on Saturday, December 21st, and will reopen at 10:00 AM on Thursday, January 2nd, for our normal business hours. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays!
The normal business hours for the Mercer County Historical Society are Tuesdays through Fridays, 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM and Saturdays 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. We are closed Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.

Sons of Union Veterans

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Sons of Union Veterans

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 .

Civil War Roundtable

Posted by on Dec 5, 2019 in Blog | 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 .

Ken Burns: The Civil War

Posted by on Nov 2, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

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

Posted by on Nov 2, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

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

Posted by on Nov 2, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

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 .