119 South Pitt Street · Mercer, Pennsylvania 16137 · 724-662-3490
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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.


Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

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

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

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

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 .

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

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

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

At 1:30 in the afternoon of Sunday, October 27, 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 .

Stoneboro Fair

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

Stoneboro Fair

Mercer County Historical Society announces its participation in the Great Stoneboro Fair
The Mercer County Historical Society will have a series of displays at the Centerfield Stage Building of the Stoneboro Fair. We will have displays from the Rural Life Museum, the Beringer/Caldwell One-Room School, and our Anderson Magoffin complex in Mercer Borough. The Stoneboro Fair runs from August 28 through September 2. Please stop in and enjoy these displays and talk to our staff as you visit the Fair.

Civil War Roundtable

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

Civil War Roundtable

Mercer County Historical Society will continue its Civil War Roundtable.
The Battle of First Bull Run
On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will resume its Civil War Roundtable and will present a program on the Battle of First Bull Run as it was known by Union Forces or the Battle of First Manassas by the Confederate Forces. This was the first real battle of the Civil War and was a Confederate victory. 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 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.