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Tuesday, February 5th at 7:00 PM Ferguson Theater located in Smith Hall on the campus of The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. This event is free and open to the public. Please call 724-836-7980 to ensure a seat.
Construction is underway for the
Westmoreland History Education Center at Historic Hanna's Town
This new facility will provide a permanent home for the WCHS and consolidate our services in one location.
In the renovated 1910 Steel House:
Star of the West was a title given to Westmoreland County by 18th century German pioneers who regarded it as a "stella" or star as they traveled from eastern Pennsylvania through this region and toward western territories. The 5-pointed star also represents the five counties that were carved from Westmoreland's original boundaries - Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland. This Star reflects our mission to provide a guide through history to a greater understanding of the present and a clearer path to the future.
THIS MONTH IN HISTORY - JANUARY
01/06/1774 Border dispute between Pennsylvania & Virginia escalates.
01/06/1777 Pennsylvania's 8th Regiment leaves to join Washington in New Jersey
01/07/1787 Court held in Greensburg for the first time.
01/10/1887 Latrobe Electric Light Co. incorporated. One of its founders was A.W. Mellon.
01/22/1895 Westmoreland Hospital Association founded.
1/28/1963 Devastating fire at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe
01/30/1897 Building of the current Courthouse (Westmoreland's 5th) authorized by the Court.
1/31/1908 Current Courthouse dedicated.
For more information on dates in history: Today in History