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.


Holiday Closings

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Holiday Closings

The Mercer County Historical Society will be closed for the Christmas and New Years Holidays, Saturday, December 24 through Tuesday, January 2, 2017.  The MCHS will be opening for its regular hours on Tuesday, January 2nd.  Its regular hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Call the office of the Mercer County Historical Society for more information—724-662-3490.

Civil War Roundtable: Antietam

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Civil War Roundtable: Antietam

The MCHS is proud to present our Civil War Roundtable featuring:
Antietam—Burnside Bridge
On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, the Mercer County Historical Society presents a program on “Antietam—Burnside Bridge.” The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us.

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.
For more information, please call 724-662-3490, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org .

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: KOREA

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING: KOREA

HISTORY IN THE MAKING DISCUSSION GROUP
KOREA
On Tuesday, October 15, 2016, the Mercer County Historical Society will present —“History in the Making.” We will begin our study of the Korean Conflict. The doors will open at 6:30 PM at the library of the Mercer County Historical Society; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us. Part of this program will be on video and then a discussion of the topic.
The “History in the Making” Discussion Group is part of the Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to world and local history. This roundtable will meet 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

THANKSGIVING CLOSING

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THANKSGIVING CLOSING

The Mercer County Historical Society will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, November 24 through November 28. The MCHS will be opening for its regular on Tuesday, November 29th. Its regular hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Call the office of the Mercer County Historical Society for more information—724-662-3490.

Political Button Display

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Political Button Display

From now through Saturday, December 31st, a political button display will be shown in the lobby of the Mercer County Historical Society, 119 South Pitt Street, in Mercer. The Historical Society is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. It is not open on Sundays, Mondays, or holidays.
The buttons are from the collections of Woodrow Dixon and Robert Lark, and the buttons span the time from McKinley/Roosevelt of 1900 through Clinton and Trump of 2016. The buttons reflect the candidates from both major political parties and with close to two (200) buttons every political campaign of the past one (100) hundred years is covered. As with the Historical Society, the political button display is free and open to the public.

GETTYSBURG—PICKETT’S CHARGE

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GETTYSBURG—PICKETT’S CHARGE

The MCHS is proud to present our Civil War Roundtable featuring:
GETTYSBURG—PICKETT’S CHARGE
On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, the Mercer County Historical Society presents a program on “Gettysburg—Pickett’s Charge.” We are all familiar with this pivotal event, but there is more to learn! Come and find out. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us.
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.
For more information, please call 724-662-3490, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org .

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: WORLD WAR II

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING: WORLD WAR II

HISTORY IN THE MAKING DISCUSSION GROUP

WORLD WAR II

On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, the Mercer County Historical Society will present —“History in the Making.”  We will finish presenting a program on “The Overview of a Century of War.”  This will be the second half of a two part series that started in September.  The doors will open at 6:30 PM at the library of the Mercer County Historical Society; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00.  Please join us.  Part of this program will be on video, then a discussion of the topic, and, finally, a discussion on what items this group would like to explore.

The “History in the Making” Discussion Group is part of the Historical Society’s ongoing efforts to provide programming related to world and local history.  This roundtable will meet 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

LANTERN LIGHT WALKING TOURS OF MERCER

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LANTERN LIGHT WALKING TOURS OF MERCER

October has always been a special month for the Mercer County Historical Society and the MCHS Civil War Roundtable. Each year for the past eleven years, Bill Philson, MCHS Executive Director, has led tours of Mercer Borough and its cemeteries, focusing on various aspects of the Civil War, the Underground Railroad, other issues and events in our history, and enjoying the great fall air. On the Wednesday evenings of October 12, 19, and 26, we will depart from the Society’s headquarters at 7 PM and should return around 9 PM. or later. Bring a lantern or a flashlight so you can watch your step—the tour will be dark and bumpy in places. We will be walking in excess of a mile and a half—so bring your walking shoes! People who cannot walk that distance will be able to meet us at the various stops; however, they will miss much of the discussion and talking that goes on during the tour. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Old Mercer Cemetery, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, and the Western Pennsylvania Civil War Reenactors Society. Please check our website, www.mchspa.org, in case of inclement weather. Call the office of the Mercer County Historical Society for more information—724-662-3490.

One Room School House Reunion

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One Room School House Reunion

BERINGER/CALDWELL ONE-ROOM SCHOOL REUNION: SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
One-Room Schoolers Countywide Reunion Scheduled at Beringer/Caldwell One-Room School
All former one-room school students, their families and friends, and all individuals interested in the history of education in Mercer County are invited to a one-room school reunion at the Beringer-Caldwell School on Sunday, September 11, 2016. Sponsored by the MCHS, this special event will celebrate a bygone era in education. Join us for this free event, which will include food, music, a look at the schoolhouse and its collections, and more.
The celebration will be held from 1:00-4:30 p.m. refreshments will be served beginning at 1:00, free while it lasts, with music provided by Chuck Thorpe & Friends. At 2:30, a group photo of all one-room school students in attendance will be taken. The schoolhouse and Teachers’ Garden will be open until 4:30 for exploration.
Our CDs and DVDs of one-room school material will be available at this event. These discs are the result of a volunteer effort that scanned thousands of photos and documents from Mae Beringer’s collection of school items. Each CD will contain the entire archive of material for a single Mercer County township and will be available for sale at the schoolhouse or at MCHS headquarters for $10/disk or township. The DVDs will be sold as a three-volume set for $60 and will contain the archives for all the one-room schools in Mercer County.
Please call the Mercer County Historical Society office at 724-662-3490 with any questions.

Civil War Inventions

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Civil War Inventions

The MCHS is proud to present our Civil War Roundtable featuring a program on “Civil War Inventions.”
WE RE-INTRODUCE OUR MONTHLY CIVIL WAR EVENT
On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, the Mercer County Historical Society presents a program on “Civil War Inventions.” These include items that are still in use today—for example, modern postcards descend from the original postcards developed during the Civil War. We will also be discussing the remaining programs for the rest of this season. Come in, enjoy the program, and give us your opinions. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us.
The Civil War Discussion Group is part of the 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.
For more information, please call 724-662-3490, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org .