The Erie County Historical Society Sally Carlow Kohler Lecture Series has been completely retooled this year, to be highly relevant to an ever-evolving and changing Erie. The Society hopes that you find the series to be refreshing and thought-provoking. The first two lectures are listed below. Each will be held at the Watson-Curtze Mansion (356 West 6th Street, Erie) and will alternate between noon brown bag lunch lectures and evening lectures.
January 29 (Noon) – Workers, Class, and Erie: The Social and Economic Position of Erie Workers at the Start of the Twentieth and the Twenty-First Centuries
Dr. John Paul Rossi, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Depressingly, today’s workers in Erie find themselves in all too similar class position as their predecessors at the beginning of the twentieth century. Although the routes to this social position were quite different in the 1900s and in 2000s, the results were, unfortunately, nearly the same. In partnership with the Jefferson Educational Society.
February 26 (7:00 p.m.) – Black History: More Than a Month?
View a screening of the controversial PBS documentary, “More than a Month” that looks at whether or not there should be a Black History Month. We will conclude with a panel discussion. In partnership with the Booker T Washington Center.