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WQLN to Lead Iconic Erie Walking Tour During HistERIE Week

 Erie Historical Marker
Mike Wintermantel
Erie Historical Marker

The Erie County Public Library is excited to announce its Second Annual HistERIE Week! HistERIE Week was initiated by the Erie County Public Library in 2022. It featured historic walks, talks, and virtual events that celebrated history in Erie County. This year's week-long celebration of history in Erie County is themed "History is Everywhere!" Ever notice those metal historic marker signs while you are out and about? You may be surprised to know there are over 200 historic markers in Erie County! They are there to share tidbits of the vast history of an location.

The Erie County Public Library’s HistERIE Week 2023 has many events scheduled from June 5 through June 11. On Saturday, June 10, from 3:00 - 6:00 PM, WQLN, in partnership with Our West Bayfront, is hosting a guided walk through African American history led by Johnny Johnson to celebrate Erie and its iconic locations. This (roughly) hour-and-a-half walk will start and end at Hagen History Center, making a handful of stops at places of note on Erie’s west side (murals, ballparks, churches, etc.) After the walk, refreshments will be provided as we watch excerpts from the new PBS series “Iconic America” and a short video about the backstory and unveiling of a new sign in the New Jerusalem neighborhood.

The walk is free and open to the public, and registration is not required – just show up! More information about HistERIE Week can be found at WQLN.org/HistErieWeek. “Iconic America” airs Wednesdays at 10:00 PM April 26 - May 17 on WQLN PBS. Part two of season one will air Tuesdays at 10:00 PM from July 11 - August 1.

In relation to "Iconic America", WQLN wants to know what you find iconic about Erie. From the beautiful Presque Isle State Park to the mouth-watering Smith's Hot Dogs, there's so much to love about this city! Join the conversation and share your favorite Erie highlights at WQLN.org/IconicErie.