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.


We’re Opening!

Posted by on Jun 25, 2020 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

We’re Opening!

The Mercer County Historical Society (MCHS) will be opening Friday, June 26, 2020. Please follow the following rules for admittance. We reserve the right to NOT ALLOW ENTRANCE to anyone failing to follow our guidelines, which follows all CDC, Federal, State and Local guidelines.

Please DO NOT come in if you think you have been infected with COVID-19, been around someone who has been identified with COVID-19, or if you have a cough, fever, or think you might be getting sick.

There is a MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY of seven people at one time in our library. This includes patrons, volunteers, and staff. Once inside, you will be required to sanitize your hands (provided by MCHS), put on a mask (provided by the MCHS or your own), and have your temperature taken by a volunteer or staff member of the MCHS (your temperature must be under 100.4 degrees). Then you must sign in in our lobby—including a phone number—so we can contact you in the unlikely event someone here develops COVID-19 or its symptoms. You will also be required to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from other patrons, volunteers, or staff. Please cough or sneeze into a tissue and throw it, along with any used wipes, away into a waste basket (throughout the MCHS). Please leave any books, files, or other items used in research or reading on the desks to be cleaned by you (using wipes), or the volunteers or staff.

Guided tours will be conducted three times a day, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, or 3:00 PM. You must reserve times by calling the MCHS at 724-662-3490. No more than seven people will be allowed on a tour. They will last no longer than 45 minutes. The patrons will sanitize their hands, wear a mask, sign in, and attempt not to touch anything within the museum and agree to all the below conditions once they leave.

Once you leave the MCHS, please contact us if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or you test positive with COVID-19.

Some New Beautification

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Some New Beautification

Many thanks to Dave and Amy Tomson, as well as to President Robert F. Lark, for using their green thumbs to beautify the Anderson/Magoffin Complex and the Gail Habbyshaw Memorial Flower Garden. The new stone honoring Gail was installed this past week.

Event Cancellations

Posted by on Mar 16, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Event Cancellations

Due to the covid-19 crisis, the history in the making and civil war roundtables are cancelled until further notice. The MCHS will maintain regular office hours at this time, Tuesday- Friday 10am to 4:30pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm. We will keep you posted should the situation change. Thanks for your understanding.

Temporarily Closed

Posted by on Mar 19, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Temporarily Closed

By order of Governor Wolf, the Mercer County Historical Society is closed until further notice. You may email executive director Bill Philson at wcphilson@gmail.com with questions regarding any research you need help with. Take care of yourselves and your families and we’ll see you down the road.

John Buford. Jr. at Gettysburg

Posted by on Mar 3, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

John Buford. Jr. at Gettysburg

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on John Buford at Gettysburg. John Buford, Jr. (March 4, 1826 – December 16, 1863) was a United States Army cavalry officer. He fought for the Union as a brigadier general during the American Civil War. Buford is best known for having played a major role in the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, by obtaining the ‘high ground’ while in command of a division.
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.
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Sherman’s March to the Sea

Posted by on Mar 3, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Sherman’s March to the Sea

Mercer County Historical Society’s History in the Making: Sherman’s March to the Sea
On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will look at the unfinished Civil War—the Confederate Flag and today’s world. 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

Posted by on Mar 3, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Sons of Union Veterans

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
At 1:30 in the afternoon of Sunday, March 29, 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 .

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

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

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

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

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 .