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The Harborcreek Historical Society moved into the Gifford-Blanchfield House in March 2017.

Harborcreek Township is located in Erie County in the northwest corner of Pennsylvania.  Incorporated in 1803, it encompasses 34 square miles and includes seven miles of Lake Erie frontage.

The Harborcreek Historical Society is a 501c3 non-profit organization created to promote local history. With the help of the community, the Society safeguards and preserves history, artifacts, and memories of Harborcreek’s past. You’re invited to browse our displays, join us for programs and events, and use the archives for family and local history research.

Your membership helps preserve our heritage! Download a membership form, and join the Harborcreek Historical Society today.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

Harborcreek Historical Society is a Blue Star Museum.


Tuesday Talks

Dates: June 14, July 26, and August 23 at 6:30 pm
Location: Gifford-Blanchfield House, 5661 Buffalo Road

Organized by volunteers Larry Beard and Nancy Brown, Tuesday Talks provide an opportunity for people to gather, learn about, and discuss Harborcreek places, happenings, and families. Each Tuesday Talk focuses on a different topic, the first of which is Factory Gulch, an area of the township that once featured a high concentration of mills. When possible, items in the society’s collections relating to discussion topics will be displayed, and attendees are invited to bring photographs and items of their own to share.

Smiley’s Ice Cream Truck

Dates: June 29, July 14, and August 17 4:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: Parking Lot of the Gifford-Blanchfield House, 5661 Buffalo Road

Smiley’s Ice Cream Truck is again serving up smiles and tasty treats this summer from the parking lot of the Gifford-Blanchfield House. The truck serves ice cream made by the Penn State Berkey Creamery. Be sure to stop in and satisfy your sweet tooth!

Spring Speaker Series

All three presentations will take place at the Harborcreek Township Municipal Building, 5601 Buffalo Road.

Coding Mary Behrend’s Calendar: A Digital Humanities Challenge
When: Thurs, May 26, 2022, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Presenter: Elisa Beshero-Bondar, PhD, Director of the Digital Humanities Lab at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

This project involved working with Mary Behrend’s hand-drawn images on a page-a-day style calendar from 1909!

Preserving Our Natural Legacy: The Natural History Museum at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center
When: Thurs, June 9, 2022, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Presenter: Mark Lethaby, Curator of the Natural History Museum at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center

The Natural History Museum at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center houses collections of a variety of plants and animals from northwestern Pennsylvania for research and education. A discussion of the uses and importance of natural history collections will be presented, as well as a brief description and history of the TREC Museum. Specimens from the museum will be on hand for close viewing.

Coastal Resources Management Program: Protecting PA’s Coastlines for 40+ Years
When: Thurs, June 16, 2022, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Presenter: Shelby Clark, Coastal Resources Coordinator, Lake Erie Coastal Zone, Department of Environmental Protection

The shoreline is very important to the history of Harborcreek Township, and it has been monitored by the Coastal Zone program for four decades. Clark will provide a brief history of Pennsylvania’s Coastal Resources Management Program, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2020. She will share recent aerial photos of the Lake Erie shoreline and provide dos and don’ts for property owners, regardless of where they live.

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