869 Diamond Park, Meadville, PA 16335

(814) 724-6080



According to our by-laws, the purpose of the Society is to preserve and interpret the history of Crawford County for future generations. The means to accomplish this goal shall include but not be limited to:

  1. Collecting and preserving materials deemed historically relevant, most particularly materials which relate to the history of Crawford County
  2. Making accessible and disseminating to the public its historical resources by such methods as become feasible
  3. Owning, restoring and preserving real property
  4. Promoting the county’s heritage through such means as outreach programs and in cooperation with other like-minded entities.

…in other words

It is our goal to keep history alive for future generations! We promote national and local history with strong emphasis on preservation of real estate and artifacts as well as archival material. Founded in 1880, the Society archive contains one of the oldest and most comprehensive repositories for genealogical resources in northwestern Pennsylvania, an extensive library of regional and state history and local authors, a large manuscript and photo collection and a massive collection of records of the Erie Railroad as well as Talon Zipper Company. We’d love to have you stop in and see the amazing things we have…we’ll see you soon!

Central School - Meadville
Central School – Meadville

Our Board of Directors


Pam Higham – Retired, Allegheny College

Vice President

Byron Rich – Allegheny College

Second Vice President

Dan Higham – Retired, US Bronze Foundry


Deborah Corll – Corll Consulting


Kim Loreno – Retired, Venango Valley Inn and Golf Course


David Astry – Bush Investment Group

Robert Boswell – Retired, Educator

MJ Cares – Retired, Educator

Bobbi Jo DeCrapio – Retired, NuTec/Tessy Automation

Stephanie Franz – Finance Director, Crawford County Government

Harry White – Retired, Lawyer

Lori Soff – Roberts Jewelers

Nancy Frambes – Allegheny College

Stephen Mizner – Stephen Mizner Funeral Home

Will DeArment – Channellock Tools

Our Staff


Josh Sherretts – Executive Director


Donna Cessna – Office Manager


Sue Lener – Museum Director


Kim Sherretts – Director of Archival Services

Irene Kipp – Archive and Research Assistant

The Crawford County Courthouse on the Diamond
The Crawford County Courthouse on the Diamond

Thank You

To The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission for their support as well as to our many corporate sponsors and members!


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