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October 2017
$5 per person

Old Columbus School Backstage Erie Tour

October 18, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Shelter Services,
655 West 16th Street, Erie, PA 16502 United States
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Preservation Erie’s Backstage Erie Tours take attendees through historic buildings throughout Erie City and County. On October 18th, we’ll take you “backstage” at the old Columbus School, which today houses Community Shelter Services. Columbus, also known as School No. 8, is located at 655 West 16th Street, near Poplar Street. It was designed by the team of Cyrus K. Porter, an accomplished Buffalo architect, and his partner George Watkins, and built by Constable & Ramsey in 1875. When it opened,…

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Free

Historic Rehabilitation and Community Revitalization Workshop: Historic Preservation, Housing and Jobs

October 17, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Erie's Intermodal Transportation Center,
208 East Bayfront Parkway, Erie, PA United States
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Please join Congressman Mike Kelly (PA-3), the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission (PHMC), the National Trust Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC), Preservation Erie, and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA) for a discussion about financing improvements to historic properties. Download the agenda here. The free workshop will be held Tuesday, October 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Erie’s Intermodal Transportation Center Conference Room located at 208 East Bayfront Parkway. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast refreshments provided. Please…

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August 2017

Corry Museum Backstage Tour

August 9, 2017 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Corry Museum,
945 Mead Avenue, Corry, PA 16407 United States
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Corry began as an important railroad junction during Pennsylvania’s oil boom in the 1860s. Home of the Corry Area Historical Society, the Corry Museum displays artifacts from pioneer life to the first “modern” oil refinery up to present-day manufacturing. Join us for a backstage tour of the museum and their collections. You’ll even see their 1930s made in Corry Climax “logging” steam locomotive. Purchase Tickets One Ticket $5.00 USDTwo Tickets $10.00 USDThree Tickets $15.00 USDFour Tickets $20.00 USD

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July 2017
$5 per person

Garden Court Backstage Erie Tour

July 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Garden Court / East Gridley Park,
600 Poplar Street, Erie, PA 16507 United States
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The invention and widespread use of the automobile brought about changes in urban design, and Erie’s oldest subdivision, Garden Court, exemplifies these changes. Garden Court homes (1907-1930) are set back from the street and screened by trees, front lawns and sidewalks. Garages are located behind each home and are accessible from lanes that enter the center courtyard from the four corners of the block. Further restrictions stated that houses “shall not cost less than $3,500.” Tour is limited to 15…

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June 2017
$5 per person

Saint Hedwig Church Backstage Erie Tour

June 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saint Hedwig Church,
521 East 3rd Street, Erie, PA 16507 United States
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Tucked away on Erie’s historic East Bayfront at Third and Wallace Streets is Saint Hedwig Church, Erie’s Tudor Gothic gem. Built in 1927, the church is a dark rose and beige faceted stone edifice embellished with sculpted Tudor tracery.  European stained glass windows, executed by Joseph Herzig of Munich in 1934, line the way to the sanctuary.  A magnificent silver and gold icon of the “Black Madonna with Child” vested in ornamental crowns and regal raiment – originally from Poland…

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May 2017
$5 per person

St. John’s Lutheran Church Backstage Erie Tour

May 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St. John's Lutheran Church,
2216 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16502 United States
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You’re invited to join us for a “backstage tour” of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, which is today considered the “mother” of Erie’s other Lutheran churches. The parish was organized in 1808 and first served by traveling missionaries. It was formally recognized in 1835, and the 100-member congregation held their services in neighborhood schoolhouses. In 1836, a frame structure was built on the site of the present church, and the first recorded communion services were held in November 1839 by…

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April 2017

Safe Routes to School Public Forum

April 28, 2017 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Boys & Girls Club of Erie,
1515 E Lake Road, Erie, PA 16511 United States
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Are you concerned about walking and biking safely near schools in Erie? Join us to discuss challenges and opportunities for creating safe and inviting routes to our schools. Share your questions and ideas, and learn about solutions that create walkable and bikeable school neighborhoods. Forum participants include: Terry Schwarz, Director of Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative Amanda Harkness, Public Health Educator II, Erie County Department of Health Pam Wiley, Wellness Specialist, Erie’s Public Schools Christopher Friday, MPO Transportation…

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Bike Tour and Talk: A Ride through Erie’s Historic Neighborhoods

April 28, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park Education Center,
1501 W. 6th Street, Erie, PA 16505 United States
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We can’t think of a better way to end the work week than with a bike ride of Erie’s historic neighborhoods and landmarks. Local architect and Bike Erie president Adam Trott will lead the 12-15 mile tour alongside Terry Schwarz, Preservation Erie’s visiting lecturer who is the Director of Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and an avid cyclist. The ride will be a continuation of the discussion started with Ms. Schwarz’s keynote address “Small Cities Toolkit” given at the Greater…

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$25 Per Person

2017 Greater Erie Awards

April 27, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Masonic Temple,
32 West 8th Street, Erie,
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You’re invited to join Preservation Erie Thursday, April 27th at the 5th annual Greater Erie Awards at the Masonic Temple Ballroom. Together, we’ll celebrate three individuals, businesses or organizations that are exceptional stewards of the physical and cultural landscape that is Greater Erie. The 2017 Greater Erie Award recipients are the Benedictine Sisters of Erie for The Studio at St. Mary’s: Space to Create, Erie Insurance for the adaptive reuse of the Parade Street armory, and the Lawrence Park Dinor.…

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October 20162016
$5 per person

Backstage Erie Tour of St. Benedict Center

October 4, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Benedict Community Center,
345 East 9th Street, Erie, 16503
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The Benedictine Sisters of Erie began the Academy – the first Catholic high school for women in the city of Erie – in 1869. In 1890, the Sisters erected the 9th Street structure to enlarge their school that had been housed in the convent since it opened. The groundbreaking for a “new” school building was held on September 18, 1953. The new Saint Benedict Academy opened its first classes in September 1955 with an enrollment of 459 students representing 19 parishes. The academy…

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