September – November 2014

Sep 21 Sun
Autumn Fest @ Old Economy Village
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come celebrate the Autumn harvest at Old Economy Village.  This is a new event!  The Village will be full of 19th century artisans demonstrating meat smoking, coopering, blacksmithing, broom making, wine making, and beer brewing.  Visitors are invited to churn butter, press apples and grapes, make rope, try bread from the bake oven, and enjoy homemade grape pies from the grapes harvested from the historic buildings and garden.  There will be music and children’s crafts and activities.

For adults we are having Oktoberfest during this day-long celebration.  There will be German food, beer, spiced cider, and musical entertainment.  While your children perform 19th century crafts, come and sit and relax in our German beer garden and experience a traditional Oktoberfest!

Sep 27 Sat
The Fabric of Their Lives: Textiles @ Old Economy Village
Sep 27 all-day

Old Economy Village will have 19th century trade demonstrations and other exciting activities every Saturday from April thorugh September.  Today from from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. textiles is the feature craft.  After your tour of the historic Village visit the weaver and learn learn how clothes were made.  Tours begin at the Visitor Center, 270 16th St., Ambridge, PA 15003.  Tour times are: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

The Harmonists were known worldwide for the quality of their textiles and clothing until 1845 when they closed the cotton and wool mills.  The Harmonists started the process of creating cloth from the a crossbred morino sheep from Spain with local Pennsylvania sheep.  When cotton became more readily available they purchased cotton from the souther plantations.  They used these raw materails and created the woold in their woolen and cotton mills.

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The Hardtackers Live in Concert @ H.O. Hirt Auditorium
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm



The Hardtackers Live in Concert

Be a part of The Hardtackers live audience during filming of their concert DVD!

When: Saturday, September 27 @ 7:30 pm
Where: H.O. Hirt Auditorium

* Free & open to the public
* Family friendly

The Hardtackers are a folk music group that sing contemporary and traditional versions of “sea shanties”. Based out of Columbus, Ohio, The Hardtackers are sure to bring energy and fun, with plenty of audience participation.

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The Hardtackers visit:

Sep 29 Mon
Storytime at the Maritime @ Erie Maritime Museum
10:00 am – 11:00 am

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Join us for

Little Mates Story Time at the Maritime

Monday, September 29

10:00 am

Erie Maritime Museum

Meet and greet with guest reader  Lighthouse Keeper Lance and take a tour of the museum.

For more information contact Andrew at 814.452.2744 ext 225 or

Oct 18 Sat
Trades Workshop @ Old Economy Village Visitor Center
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Trades Workshop is an annual event put on by the Friends of Old Economy Village for visitors to learn and create 19th century crafts and trades.  Previous years, students of the workshops learned the art of drop-spindle, how to make the Harmonist lanterns, tinsmithing, blacksmithing, cabinetry, tanning, stonemasonry and much more. 

Old Economy Village’s workshops are an exciting and fun way to learn the customs, trades and crafts practiced by 19th century Harmonists.  Coming from Germany, many of the Harmonists were already masters in the different trades.  They were practiced vintners, bricklayers, beekeepers, spinners, weavers, makers of musical instruments, and tailors.  While “outsiders” could obtain the training, the Harmonists themselves were expected to learn two trades through an apprenticeship program. 


Oct 23 Thu
A Brief History of the Civil War Submarine H.L. Hunley @ Erie Maritime Museum
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for a Special Presentation and Cocktail Reception

A Brief History of the Civil War Submarine H.L. Hunley: Its Past, Its Loss, Its Recovery, Its Preservation

By Jon Tirpak


Erie Maritime Museum

Thursday, October 23, 2014

5:00 pm Cocktail Reception

6:00 pm Speaker Presentation

Tickets: $20 for non-members/ $15 for members

The H.L. Hunley was the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in combat on February 17, 1864. Unfortunately, the Hunley was also lost that day. She was successfully recovered from the sea off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina in August 2000. The H.L. Hunley represents an exciting future in maritime archaeology and conservation science. From its shrouded birth, to its climatic sinking, to the present day, the H.L. Hunley continues to draw attention from local traditionalists, national historians and international scientists. This preservation will stitch together the past, present and future as he provides highlights to the vessel’s construction, loss, recovery and preservation.

Mr. Jon Tirpak is currently Senior Program Manager for the SCRA Applied R&D Advanced Materials Division in Charleston, South Carolina. He serves on the Finance, Investment, 100th Anniversary Celebration and Web Committees of ASM International. He also Vice President Elect of the Friends of the H.L. Hunley.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Andrew Adamus at 814.452.2744 ext 225 or




Nov 8 Sat
Little Mates Kids Club: Lunch with the Captain @ Erie Maritime Museum
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Join us for

Little Mates Kids Club: Lunch with the Captain

Erie Maritime Museum

Saturday, November 8

11:00 am

Ahoy Little Mates! Join Captain Sabatini and his crew of the U.S. Brig Niagara for an exciting lunch and behind the scenes tour.

Nov 11 Tue
We are closed in observance of Veteran’s Day
Nov 11 all-day

Old Economy Village is closed Tuesday, November 11, in observance of Veteran’s Day. OEV will reopen its normal business hours, Wednesday, November 12.

Nov 12 Wed
Behind the Scenes Tour with Wine and Cheese @ Old Economy Village Visitor Center
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This event takes visitors through places not seen on tour.  Visitors will also see artifacts not on exhibit in collections storage.  After the tour wine and cheese will be served.  Reservations required.  Please contact Elaine at (724) 266-4500 x 101 to make your reservations today!

Nov 27 Thu
Closed Thanksgiving Day
Nov 27 all-day

We are closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 29 so our staff and volunteers are able to spend the holiday with their families and friends.  We wish everyone a happy holiday and safe travels.