The Erie community is invited to participate in several related events throughout the week of April 23rd which will be a chance to engage with journalist and author Philip Langdon and others on walkability opportunities and challenges in the Erie area. On Tuesday, April 24th, Adam Trott of AJT Architect will moderate a 90-minute conversation with Mr. Langdon, Dr. Jay Breneman, Dave Brennan, Dr. Rhonda Matthews, Dr. Charles Mock, Dave Skellie and Dr. Jim Wertz about how to improve walkablity and create a more livable community for all residents. On Thursday, April 26th, the community is invited to an informal happy hour at the Plymouth Tavern, 1109 State St, Erie, which will be an opportunity to “unpack” conversations and experiences that happened throughout the week.
Saving the Moorhead House
Hollen Davinsizer, a student at Gannon University, interviewed Leanne Becker and her husband Russ, who, after purchasing the Moorhead House (on Route 20) in March 2014, began a multi-year renovation project. The house was built in 1837 by Joseph Moorhead. It was originally a hotel called the Temperance Tavern, and the family's primary residence. When Joseph passed in 1880, the house was sold to his great nephew Fredrick who undertook many renovations on the interior. The house was moved back about 50 feet and 40 feet west in 1907 due to a widening of the road. It took 2 summers to complete this process and was completed with only horses, mules and man-power; not one brick was cracked.
First of three ethnic window displays opens
Cultural preservation works in tandem with restoring and maintaining the natural and built environment. Collectively, they shape our collective regional identity and sense of place. They are partnering with the folk art program of the Erie Art Museum that has developed strong relationships with Erie’s resettled refugee community. The first two displays of this project showcase Iraqi and Bosnian objects, showing clothing, kitchen wares, and food, much of which can be purchased at Erie’s many refugee-owned markets. The display will run through March, and then a new exhibit that will showcase Erie’s African community will be installed, followed by a third exhibit about Erie’s Bhutanese and Syrian communities this spring.
Taking stock of our treasures, one historic building at a time
Thanks to generous support from the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, The Erie Community Foundation, the Perry 200 Commission, and individuals, Preservation Erie completed an unprecedented county-wide inventory of historic resources. Between December 2013 and May 2015, the consulting firm of Wise Preservation Planning identified, documented and mapped all historic resources and historic districts that are individually listed on, determined to be eligible for, or appear to be eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places.