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$3 Million Renovation Planned for Historical Campus at Watson-Curtze Mansion

A $250,000 donation from Erie Insurance puts the historical society at $2.1 million, just shy of their $3 million goal for the project.
March 19, 2014 - The Erie County Historical Society is bringing Erie's history back to life with a $3 million project.

The project will create a historical campus right on millionaire's row at the Watson-Curtze mansion.

A $250,000 donation from Erie Insurance puts the historical society at $2.1 million, just shy of their $3 million goal for the project.

"We are our past and it's important we continue to maintain it," said Chris Sorce, co-chair behind the capital campaign.

Scorce is one of many leading the charge to keep Erie’s history alive, along with architect Jeff Kidder.

More than $1 million will go into updating the Watson-Curtze Mansion, and the Carriage House will be converted into offices and a public reading room.

Plus, the artifacts and office space on State Street will be moved to the integrated historical campus on 6th Street.

And lastly, a new building will be built on 5th Street to house the archives.

It will be an integrated historical campus -- with the biggest investment in the property since the mansion was built in 1891.

The carriage house is now down to its bare bones.

You can stop by the historical society this weekend as the ECHS offers both members and the public a tour for $5 per person.

Advance purchase is not necessary.

Simply arrive at the mansion on Saturday or Sunday March 22-23 and 29-30 between the hours of 12:00 p.m.— 4:00 p.m.
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