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.


History in the Making Roundtable

Posted by on Aug 26, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

History in the Making Roundtable

Mercer County Historical Society will continue its History in the Making Roundtable.
Genocide: 1941 through 1945.
On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will resume its History in the Making Roundtable and will present a program on Genocide: 1941-1945. 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 .

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Posted by on Aug 26, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

At 1:30 in the afternoon of Sunday September 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 .

One Room School Closure

Posted by on Jun 22, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

One Room School Closure

The Beringer/Caldwell One-Room School will be closed June 23.

Sandy Lake Breeze Microfilm

Posted by on Jun 22, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Sandy Lake Breeze Microfilm

Over the course of the last several months, the MCHS has received a number of copies of local newspapers as accessions. Among these recent newspaper accessions have been a significant number of Sandy Lake Breeze newspapers.

The MCHS is starting a new phase of our microfilming program on August 15, 2019. We are starting with the Breeze and hope to continue to other newspapers. Even though we have received a number of Breeze’s we hope to fill in as many “gaps” as we possibly can before we microfilm. We are asking for your help.

If you have any copies of any newspapers, especially the Sandy Lake Breeze’s, we are asking you to submit them to the MCHS to have them microfilmed—even if you found them in your attic, basement, or garage; or on the bottom of various dressers around your house or even under your carpets. After microfilming, we are willing to keep them in our collection or return them to you. There are several steps we have to take before we can microfilm them: 1) we have to hydrate them to ensure their durability, 2) we have to make sure we do not have duplicate copies and we choose the better copies, and 3) we have to place them in chronological order. As you can imagine, this takes a bit of time.

If you are able to help us, please submit your newspapers to us no later than August 8th. Thank you. If you are willing to help us in the microfilming process, please contact us—this process is not difficult and can be taught by our staff/volunteers. Please consider helping.

724-662-3490

info@mchspa.org

Drop us a note or stop in and talk to us at our headquarters (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA, 16137).

Pandemonium in the news!

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

Pandemonium in the news!

Hello folks:
This morning I got an email from a friend of the Society, and a friend of mine, Angie Jaillet-Wentling, sharing a link to a local interest story that was produced last week. Please click on the link and give this story a look! It should be available for several weeks.
Bill Philson
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Congratulations, Angie!!!!

Linda A. Ries, Editor
Pennsylvania History:
A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies
Pennsylvania Historical Association

500 Ninth Street
New Cumberland, PA 17070

“All worthwhile endeavors are 90% work and 10% love and only the love should show.” – Chuck Jones

From: Jaillet-Wentling, Angela
Sent: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 9:33 AM

Subject: Pandemonium (36ME253) in the news!

Good morning all!

If you’ve made the mistake (kidding!) of helping on the site or showing interest in the archaeology out at Pandenarium, please see below for the recent news story featuring the site and its recent approval for a state historical marker! Steve Vesey at WFMJ Today did a really nice job of summing up a lot of archaeology-talk and I’m pretty happy with it. My hope is that we’ll be able to identify some descendants and other interested individuals in time to include and/or invite them to the marker’s dedication ceremony.

http://www.wfmj.com/clip/14845448/mercer-county-honors-history-behind-pandenarium

As an update to the marker nomination, it was both accepted and fully-funded by PHMC as part of a special initiative meant to help with under-represented populations in Pennsylvania. Pandenarium’s marker qualified on two counts as it is commemorating African American history and an archaeological site. I’ve been working with PennDOT’s Cultural Resource Professional in D-1, Don Burden, to identify an appropriate and safe location for the marker within PennDOT right-of-way. I think the best candidate is actually behind the brand new guardrail installed just south of the Iron Bridge Inn in the northwestern quadrant of the new (not iron) bridge. My next step, for those interested in attending or helping to plan the marker dedication ceremony, is to have the text and marker finalized with the PHMC. I’d also like to nail down a venue for the dedication ceremony and/or reception. I’ve been told that November 2019 is a doable date in terms of production and shipping to the MCHS (and it’s my hope as that’ll put us at 165 years since the inhabitants arrived!). So, for those interested or involved on that end, please standby ?.

All my best and thanks for the continued support!
Angie

Angela Jaillet-Wentling | Historic Preservation Specialist
PA Department of Transportation

BOOK SALE

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

BOOK SALE

The Mercer County Historical Society is planning to have a book sale starting this Saturday during the Mercer Borough Community wide Yard Sale and running through the Memorial Day weekend festivities. Stop by, check out what books we may have, and please tell all your friends! We will have low prices.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Come one, come all . . . the Mercer County Historical Society needs volunteers to help spruce up the grounds before the Mercer Memorial Day weekend.  If you have a bit of spare time, we would love to have your help.  Some jobs include:  raking and bagging leaves, weeding, helping the Gail Habbyshaw Flower Garden, working on our tulip garden, and more.  Please contact Bill is you are available to help!

History in the Making

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

History in the Making

History in the Making.  We Look at the Presidents Cleveland through Taft—1885-1913.

On Tuesday May 21, 2019, the Mercer County Historical Society will present it final program until September.  This month we will be looking at several Presidents from our past spanning the year 1885 to 1913 and including Presidents Grover Cleveland through William H. Taft.  During the times of great economic growth—the Gilded Age—Cleveland serves two non-consecutive terms, McKinley is assassinated, Roosevelt starts his Anti-Trust crusade, and Taft becomes estranged from his friend Teddy Roosevelt.   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.  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 RESCHEDULED

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Sons of Union Veterans RESCHEDULED

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War RESCHEDULED

At 1:30 in the afternoon of Sunday May 19, 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.  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 Dinner

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Annual Dinner

Mercer County Historical Society Announces its Annual Dinner
The Mercer County Historical Society announces its Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 4th starting at 5:00 P.M. in the Dr. James K. Sewall Genealogical Library in our headquarters located at 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA. At 6:00 we will proceed to the Social Hall of the Helen Black Miller Memorial Chapel for dinner. The dinner will include a tossed salad, a chicken breast with stuffing, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, and rolls with butter. We will then continue with a short Business Meeting from 7:00 until 7:15 to elect our Officers and Board of Directors. After this meeting, we will have a presentation by Ms. Amber Farris, McKinley Memorial Museum Director, on “William McKinley Jr.: A Life outside of the Presidency.” Following her presentation there will be a cookie and punch reception, ending the evening.
All are invited to the reception and presentation—these are free and open to the public. The meal will be $12.00 per ticket per person. To get tickets to the meal contact or stop in at the Mercer County Historical Society at 119 South Pitt, Mercer, PA—724.662.3490. We will be selling tickets until 12:00 noon on MAY 2ND.