Corry Area Historical Society, Inc.

(814) 664-4749

If you would like to set up an appointment for a different day or time, please call.

After Labor Day:

Thur. 10:00am-1:00pm.

Memorial Day to Labor Day:

Thursdays and Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm. 

When the Corry Area School District is closed due to weather, we are also closed. 

 We appreciate the strong support of our members, guests, and the community. If you have any questions or concerns, please call and leave a message.

We are so grateful for our generous supporters who gave during #eriegives2023. Each gift made during this campaign will allow us to further our mission. Thank you to all who took part in this day with us!

Mission: To collect and preserve (or present to the Historical Museum Building) any article or articles pertaining to the history of the Corry Area, which encompasses the Corry Area School District. 

The Corry Area Historical Society (CAHS) recently used a generous grant from the Northwest Bancorp Charitable Foundation to install a dehumidifying system from Flick's and Daniels. This will positively impact the meeting room, office area, and Archive room. We will also use funds from our successful Erie Gives campaign from the Erie & Corry Community Foundations, along with our own funds.  We greatly appreciate the support!

Our next project involved improving the entrance way to the museum near the parking lot to continue enhancing the facade with the help of ECGRA, through a partnership with Erie Yesterday.

We thank the Corry Community Foundation, the Erie Community Foundation, ECGRA, Northwest Bancorp Charitable Foundation, sponsors, and our entire community for their generosity and support!

The Cat's Meow Village collectables showcasing Corry's architectural treasures, past and present, are available for sale in the museum. We appreciate our generous benefactor, Nancy Turner, who donated the items. We are selling the buildings for $5 each and the smaller items for $3 each.  A full set costs $50 plus shipping if necessary. Collectables include: Armory, City Park cannon, Elks Club, Country Peddler, Mt. Laurel bush, Civil War statue, Water Company, First United Methodist Church, Corry Journal, City Building, Museum, Christian Science Reading Room, and the Day Lily Inn. Stop by the museum or contact us to purchase these items.  

Corry Cat's Meow Village wooden pieces for sale.

Great for Gifts!

Large pieces $5

Small pieces $3

Set $40

Leon Sam Briggs of the Tonawanda Seneca of the Hawk Clan, discussed the local history of the Haudenosaunee (Seneca, Mohawk, Oneidas, Cayuga's, and Onondagas) in the territories and their way of life and where we are today. History, culture, economics, a traditional way of life, and my cultural teaching from the United States and how that effects everyone today was discussed in 2023.

Alan & Alyssa Royek and family have worked professionally, diligently, and passionately to ensure that the Royek Farm and Till Top Creamery remain active and profitable. The Royek farm has been designated as a Century Farm and has also been classified as a Dairy of Distinction. Their presentation in 2023 was quite the success. 

John Wood hosted a Q & A session on the Clough Farm (Spring Valley Farms) in Spring Creek, PA in 2023. The event was well attended and very informative! 

Answering The Call--Erie County in World War One - 2023

Mary Jane Phillips Keonig and Ann Silverthorn presented about Corry and Erie County in World War One and the 27 Corry area men who made the ultimate sacrifice. We learned about Erie County and its industry, Homefront, women's efforts and support, and more. Lest we forget... 

There was a informative and successful Veil Hospital descendent reunion in 2022 at the Corry Area Historical Museum.  Karen Amos presented a history of the Veil Hospital and a dedication of a monument at the cemetery. It has been 101 years since the Veil Hospital came to Corry in the building on the corner of East Main Street and William St. 



In 2022 there was a Speaker Series event on the history of the Corry Fire Department. Many came to learn more about our proud and courageous history from Fire Chief, Jerred Hodak. - image 

The Oregon Indian Medicine Company: Near the shores of Presque Isle Bay of Lake Erie, in the wee town of Corry, the Oregon Indian Medicine Company thrived. From pills and powders, elixirs and oils, these medicines brought about “miracles”. In this introductory discussion we discussed the history of the Company, gathered questions, shared information, explored therapeutic claims, and more. The presentation in 2022 by Leslie M. Alexander, PhD, RH (AHG) Clinical Herbalist & Educator and follow-up discussion was well received.

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Drake Well Museum curator, Susan J. Beates, "covered the early connections between the early oil industry and Corry that enabled Corry to become a city so rapidly (it took Erie over 50 years to become a city). The 2022 Speaker Series event discussed the oil industry, which began near Titusville, causing the creation of Oil City and Corry.  The talk shared some of the manuscripts and artifacts in the Drake Well Museum Collection which related to Corry and described some of the oilmen whose businesses helped Corry grow." We learned more about our early history and the importance of the oil industry in our region. Thank you, Susan, for a wonderful presentation and Q&A! Image: 

We would like to thank the community for your continued support! Your generosity is much appreciated. We also thank the non-profits that have backed us and have been there when we needed them. Our newest newsletter is linked for your reading pleasure.  CAHS Sep/Oct '23 Newsletter      (Previous newsletters linked below.)

We welcome new members and volunteers as we are making new plans for projects and events. Our Mission is to collect and preserve (or present to the Historical Museum Building) any article or articles pertaining to the history of the Corry Area, which encompasses the Corry Area School District. In addition, we would like to acknowledge the work of the volunteers who work on the archives and more on Thursdays and all of the Board members.  Many volunteers and visitors give their time, talent, and donations to support the museum. We have a great organization and wonderful community! There is no admission fee to enter the museum. We always appreciate a donation, although none is expected.  We rely on the generosity of the community and guests. 

Volunteers are usually available on most Thursdays from 10 am to 1 pm, while they work on our archives. They provide wonderful opportunities and experiences for our visitors, so please be considerate if you stop in.  If you would like to join our group of volunteers, please give us a call. We value your well-being and look forward to seeing you in the near future. We have started our 2023 membership drive; please consider joining as your support is important to us. A membership form needs to be filled out, signed, and returned. CAHS Membership Form If you have any questions, please call  (814) 664-4749 and leave a message. Thank you.

Corry Area Historical Society, Inc.

945 Mead Avenue

Corry, PA  16407


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