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.


The Tuskegee Airmen

Posted by on Mar 10, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

The Tuskegee Airmen

THE MODERN HISTORY/HISTORY IN THE MAKING ROUNDTABLE.
Unsung Heros—the Tuskegee Airmen
On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on the Tuskegee Airmen—an African-American Unit during WWII. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us.
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

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Sons of Union Veterans

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
At 1:30 in the afternoon of Sunday, March 25, 2018, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Isaac Eaton Camp, will meet in the Social Hall (basement) of the Helen Black Miller Memorial Chapel at the MCHS headquarters in Mercer, PA.

John Hunt Morgan’s Great Raid

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John Hunt Morgan’s Great Raid

Civil War Roundtable
John Hunt Morgan’s Great Raid
On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on John Hunt Morgan’s Great Raid. Morgan’s Raid was a highly publicized incursion by Confederate cavalry into the northern U.S. states of Indiana and Ohio during the American Civil War. The raid took place from June 11–July 26, 1863, and is named for the commander of the Confederates, Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan.
Morgan’s Confederates during the 46 day raid covered more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km), beginning in Tennessee and ending in northern Ohio. Morgan’s raid coincided with the Vicksburg Campaign and the Gettysburg Campaign, though it was not directly related to either. However, it was meant to draw away tens of thousands of U.S. troops from these major campaigns and to frighten Northern civilians into demanding their troops be recalled to defend them. Despite his initial successes, Morgan was thwarted in his attempts to recross the Ohio River and eventually was forced to surrender what remained of his command in northeastern Ohio near the Pennsylvania border. Morgan and other senior officers were kept in the Ohio state penitentiary, but they tunneled their way out and casually took a train to Cincinnati, where they crossed the Ohio River to safety.
To many Confederates, the daring expedition behind enemy lines became known as The Great Raid of 1863, and was initially hailed in the newspapers. However, along with Gettysburg and Vicksburg, it was another in a string of defeats for the Confederate army that summer. Some Northern newspapers derisively labeled Morgan’s expedition as The Calico Raid, in reference to the raiders’ propensity for procuring personal goods from local stores and houses.
Jim Carnes will conduct and moderate the program. This program will take place on Tuesday, February 13. 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. 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, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org .

Soldier Kill Zone

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Soldier Kill Zone

THE MODERN HISTORY/HISTORY IN THE MAKING ROUNDTABLE.
Soldier Kill Zone & the Battle of the Bulge
On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on the Soldier’s Kill Zone and the Battle of the Bulge. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us.
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 of the Civil War

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Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

At 1:30 in the afternoon of Sunday, February 25, 2018, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Isaac Eaton Camp, will meet in the Social Hall (basement) of the Helen Black Miller Memorial Chapel at the MCHS headquarters in Mercer, PA.

Thomas Meagher

Posted by on Jan 6, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Thomas Meagher

Civil War Roundtable
Thomas Meagher
On Tuesday, January 9, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on Thomas Francis Meagher (3 August 1823 – 1 July 1867). Meagher was an Irish nationalist and leader of the Young Irelanders in the Rebellion of 1848. After being convicted of sedition, he was first sentenced to death, but received transportation for life to Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) near Australia. In 1852 he escaped and made his way to the United States, where he settled in New York City, where he studied law, worked as a journalist, and traveled to present lectures on the Irish cause. He married for a second time in New York. At the beginning of the American Civil War, Meagher joined the U.S. Army and rose to the rank of brigadier general. He was most notable for recruiting and leading the Irish Brigade, and encouraging support among Irish immigrants for the Union. By his first marriage in Ireland, he had one surviving son; the two never met. Following the Civil War, Meagher was appointed acting governor of the Montana Territory. In 1867, Meagher drowned in the swift-running Missouri River after falling from a steamboat at Fort Benton. Timothy Egan, author of a 2016 biography on Meagher, suggested Meagher may have been murdered by Montana political opponents, a theory which has found little support. Jim Carnes will conduct and moderate the program. This program will take place on Tuesday, January 9. 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. 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, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org .

Company Heroes of WWII

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Company Heroes of WWII

THE MODERN HISTORY/HISTORY IN THE MAKING ROUNDTABLE.
Company Heroes of WWII
On Tuesday, January 16, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on Company Heroes during World War II. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us.
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.

Annual Christmas Concert and Dinner

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Annual Christmas Concert and Dinner

On Saturday, December 9, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society will be offering its Annual Christmas Concert and Dinner. We will be starting at 5:00 PM in the Library of the Anderson Building of the Mercer County Historical Society and moving to the Social Hall (basement) of the Helen Black Miller Memorial Hall for the dinner at 6:00. At about 7:30 we will proceed upstairs to the sanctuary and listen to the concert and sing “our” Christmas Carols. At about 8:30 we will return downstairs and conclude our evening with a cookie and punch reception Please place your reservations for the meal at the MCHS—stop in or call 724-662-3490. The Open House is free as is the concert. The meal will be a classic Turkey Christmas Dinner. The cost for the meal is $12.00. Come and enjoy!

Our new Book–The Shenango Reservoir–our price HERE is $55 tax included!

Our Christmas Bulb–The Helen Black Miller Memorial Chapel–our price here is $10 tax included plus $3.50 S & H.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to one and all from the Mercer County Historical Society!!!
We hope to see you here next Saturday, the 9th!

Bloody Spring: Grant vs. Lee

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Bloody Spring: Grant vs. Lee

Civil War Roundtable
Bloody Spring: Grant vs. Lee
This months Civil War Roundtable will feature the epic struggle between General U.S. Grant and General R. E. Lee. Jim Carnes will conduct and moderate the program. This program will take place on Tuesday, December 12. 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. 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, email info@mchspa.org, or look to our webpage www.mchspa.org .

The Presidents: 1885 through 1913

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

The Presidents: 1885 through 1913

THE MODERN HISTORY/HISTORY IN THE MAKING ROUNDTABLE.
The Presidents: 1885 through 1913.
On Tuesday, December 19, 2017, the Mercer County Historical Society (119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA) will present a program on the United States Presidents from 1885 through 1913. The doors open at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00, and should end around 9:00. Please join us.
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 .