You can become part of Erie’s future by donating to preserve Erie’s past.
Donations to ECHS help us maintain the Watson-Curtze Mansion, Carriage House and Archives Building, and Wood-Morrison House on West 6th Street in Erie, PA. Donations also help maintain the Battles Estate Farm Houses in Girard, PA.
It is because of the ongoing support of the Erie community that ECHS maintains over 35,000 objects, over one and a half miles of materials, and archives of Erie County organizations.
So many exciting things are happening at the Hagen History Center. The new programs, new exhibits, new construction, and new educational opportunities have all been developed to fulfill the ECHS mission to preserve our history and educate the public.
Because of this, day-to-day funding operations needs your support.
Your gift to the ECHS shows your investment in Erie's future. Your support enhances existing exhibits, helps create new exhibits, and preserves Erie's rich history for generations to come.
You are the key to preserving our region’s history and passing that heritage along to the children of our community.
Currently, about 5,000 people visit the Hagen History Center annually. This includes both adults and children, residents and tourists. That’s less than 5% of Erie County.
With the completion of the new exhibit building, the installation of hand-on exhibits on the second-floor, and the installation of the exhibit of national significance on the first-floor, ECHS expects visitation to increase by over 10,000 guests annually.
ECHS will be able to track increased visitation. This will be tracked by:
ECHS will also be able to track the artifacts displayed in permanent exhibits and the artifacts displayed in temporary exhibits.
In tracking tourist visitation, ECHS will also be able, with the help of Visit Erie, to determine the financial impact to the city the tourists make when visiting ECHS.