Suggested Local History Topics

The first project of the course is to produce a podcast episode about a local history topic. Suggested topics:


Mercyhurst topics:

Haunted Mercyhurst

The Sisters of Mercy and the founding of Mercyhurst College

Mother Borgia Egan

100-year-old Redemptorist Seminary of North East


Notable Erie residents with collections in the Mercyhurst archives:

Louis J. Tullio, former Erie mayor

Harry T. Burleigh, Erie-born composer, arranger, and professional singer

Dan Rice, clown

Sister Mary Lawrence Franklin


Erie history 

Smuggling on Lake Erie during Prohibition

The Erie Native Americans

Climax locomotives

Shipbuilding on Lake Erie

Erie Extension Canal

Historic places in the area


Working Bibliography 

Anderson, Frank S.,  A History of the School District of the City of Erie, Pennsylvania, 1795 – 1970 (1976)
Boutwell, Coletta, History of Concord Township
Carney, John G., Saga of Erie Sports (1957)
Carney, John G., Tales of Old Erie (1958)
Carney, John G., Highlights of Erie Politics (1960)
Chaffee, John S., MD.,  Reflections on Erie County Physicians (1990)
Erie County Unit of Federal Writers’ Project of the WPA for the Commonwealth of PA, Erie: A Guide to the City and County (1938, 1975)
Freeman, Sabina Shields and Hetz, June,  History of Pharmacists and Pharmacies in Erie County, Pennsylvania (1978)
Freeman, Sabina Shields and Tenpas, Margaret L.,  Erie History – The Women’s Story (1982)
Miller, John. A Twentieth Century History of Erie County PA 2 Volumes (1909)
Nelson, S.B.,  Nelson’s Biographical Dictionary & Historical Reference Book of Erie County PA 2 Volumes (1896)
Pennsylvania Historical Survey, Erie County:  Miscellaneous History Transcripts from Early Newspaper Files (1936)
Pollifrone, Patricia J.,  Millcreek Schools Through the Ages (1982)
Porreco, Mary A.,  History of Erie County (1955)
Reed, John Elmer, History of Erie County, PA 2 Volumes (1925)
Reed, John Elmer, Our French Forts (1927)
Rosenberg, Max,  The Building of Perry’s Fleet on Lake Erie, 1812- 1813 (1974)
Sanford, Laura, History of Erie County, Pennsylvania 1 Volume (1894, revised)
See, Wavil,  Erie County Soldiers in the War of 1812 (1900)
Sons of the American Revolution, Erie Chapter, Revolutionary Patriots in Erie County, Pennsylvania (1995)
Spencer, Herbert Reynolds,  Erie… A History (1962)
Springirth, Kenneth, Erie to Conneaut By Trolley:  History of the Cleveland and Erie Railway Co. (1968)
Strausbaugh, Roy, Edinboro University, an Administrative History, 1963 – 1993 (1996)
Vance Jr., Russell E., Ph.D., A Portrait of Edinboro from Private Academy to State College, 1856 – 1976 (1977)
Warner, Beers & Co, History of Erie County, Pennsylvania 2 Volumes (1884)
Weber, Tom. Ed., Erie Style, Volume 1 (1982)


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