Erie County Historical Society

The Erie County Historical Society (ECHS) formed in 1903 as an organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the rich history of Erie County. In recent years, the scope of the organization has broadened to include adjacent regions such as Lake Erie and its maritime traditions. The new Society provides educational services for preschool to adult audiences, museum experiences for the local community and tourists, and a publication program that includes an annual academic journal and more than twenty books in print. Our library serves as an ongoing community resource for students, visiting scholars and members of the public who are conducting historical or genealogical research. Three-dimensional collections feature relics of Erie’s storied past including original bits of the Brig Niagara, military relics, artifacts of early Erie and its settlement, and evidence of Erie’s industrial heritage. These collections and the archival resources of the Library & Archives are displayed regularly through permanent and temporary exhibitions. ECHS consists of multiple properties, including the Erie County History Center at 419 State Street, the Battles Museums of Rural Life, and the Watson-Curtze Mansion.

Hours at Different Locations:

• Battles Museums of Rural Life (436 Walnut Street Girard, PA 16417) – by appointment
• Cashier’s House (419 State Street Erie, PA 16501) - Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
• Museum of Erie County History (417 State Street Erie, PA 16501) - Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
• Watson-Curtze Mansion (356 West Sixth Street Erie, PA 16057) - Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Discounted Admission