Erie Places, Erie Stories was a collaboration of the Mercyhurst University Public History program, the Erie Nonprofit Partnership, Preservation Erie, Center City Arts/Bloom Collaborative, and other partners throughout the city. The project engaged Mercyhurst students throughout fall 2013 in both producing photographs of a few of Erie’s great buildings and landscapes, and conducting oral history interviews with individuals who have some connection to those places. Students in Dr. Chris Magoc’s Introduction to Public History class interviewed residents, church parishioners, and business owners with deep and lasting attachments to some of the special places in the greater Erie area.

Beyond the tremendously rewarding learning experience Erie Places, Erie Stories aims to foster a greater appreciation for Erie’s historic and architecturally rich built environment. In this project students discovered one common thread across the city: these places, representative of countless others throughout our region, matter in the lives of local citizens. More than just great buildings, they are anchors of both personal and community memory and tangible expressions of the history, values, faith traditions, and civic spirit of a great city.

Support for this program was provided in part from an ArtsErie (now Erie Arts and Culture) Project Grant, made possible by community contributions to the ArtsErie United Fund and the Erie ArtsEndowment.

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Click on any of the historic Erie places for more information

West 21st Street Historic District (339 West 21st Street)

Erie Brewery

Frontier Place

Parade Street

Lawrence Park

Little Italy

Polonia

St. Mary's

West 12th Street



West 21st Street Historic District (339 West 21st Street)



The Brewery


Frontier Place


Parade Street


Lawrence Park




Little Italy


Polonia




St. Mary's





West 12th Street



Events

Cummings Gallery
Art Faculty Show

Dates: Aug 21-Sep 28, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Dates: Sep 5

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

Anais Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell

Dates: Sep 30

Location: Erie Art Museum

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