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The Harborcreek Historical Society is housed in the historic Gifford-Blanchfield House, where we offer a research library, temporary and permanent exhibitions highlighting Harborcreek history, and a gift shop. We actively collect and preserve photographs, documents, diaries/journals, ephemera, etc. that relate to the history of the Harborcreek area and make this history available to the community through public programs, special events, and tours.

The Society is member of Erie Yesterday, which is a network of Erie County Historical Societies and Museums that promote local history. Furthermore, we participate with the Harborcreek Township, Harborcreek School District and Harborcreek Chamber of Commerce for community events.


Harborcreek Historical Society was created in 1994 with 22 charter members. Today, its membership has grown to include more than 200 individuals and families from Pennsylvania and 21 other states.

Charter members laid the foundation for the Society by establishing by-laws, publishing a series of local history booklets (folios), and commissioning a drawing of the old Central School.

Restoration and care of the Gospel Hill Burial Ground became our signature project in 1996. Gospel Hill Burial Ground was founded in 1827, and is the final resting place for many of the pioneer settlers of Harborcreek , which includes Thomas Rees and the Bonnell, Sewell, and Tuttle families. The cemetery is approximately half an acre in size and is located on Station Road at the northern edge of The Behrend College (Penn State Erie) campus. The Society is responsible for the ongoing preservation and maintenance of the property.


The Society is maintained and grown through the efforts and generosity of the Harborcreek community.

Harborcreek Historical Society accepts artifacts, personal memoirs  and historical documents with reference to the Harborcreek area. We have received yearbooks, family histories, lots of photographs, reference books, news articles, artwork of various landmarks, and school memorabilia. The library and Archives are accessible to members and the general public.

Learn more about the Society in past issues of The Harbor View, our quarterly newsletter.

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