Westmoreland County Historical Society


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 4 - 8 PM 

John Mickinak, a local expert with over 30 years experience as an antiques dealer and estate appraiser, will give verbal assessments on a variety of objects.

Location: WCHS, Calvin E. Pollins Library

Reservation: 724-532-1935 ext. 210.

For more information: Antique Appraisals

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Noon to 2:30 p.m. at The Greensburg Country Club

Using old photos provided by guests, we will devise a multi-media presentation that highlights the news, music, TV shows, etc. of the decades when we grew up.  Email a favorite photo of yourself (or a family member) when you were a child to library@westmorelandhistory.orgBe sure to identify the year of the photo.  Or, bring your photo to the office or mail it; we will scan it and return it to you.

For additional information: Remember When ... You Were Young



03/9/1910          Westmoreland County Coal Strike of 1910-1911 began.

03/10/1908        Congressman John H. Dent was born in Johnetta, PA.  He held many government offices beginning with Jeannette City Council (1932-34); Pa. House of Representatives (1934-36); Pa. Senate 1939-58); and the U.S. Congress from Pa.’s 21st District (1958 through 1978)

03/10/1951        Diocese of Greensburg was erected.

03/17/1936        The Great St. Patrick's Day Flood submerged the town of Livermore under 18 feet of water.

03/18/1845      Johnny Appleseed (born John Chapman in 1774) died.  While in Greensburg, PA, circa 1798, Chapman coverted to the Swedenborgian religion, which inspired his ethic of service to others.  Westmoreland County cider mills were the source of many of the seedlings that he planted throughout the mid-west

03/23/1737 Arthur St. Clair was born in Scotland.  He came to America and fought in the French & Indian War.  He became the Penn family representative in western Pennsylvania and was instrumental in the creation of Westmoreland County in 1773.  St. Clair was a major general in the Revolutionary War, the president of Continental Congress in 1787, and first governor of the Northwest Territory.  At one time the largest landowner in western Pennsylvania, he died impoverished on August 31, 181 and is buried in St. Clair Park in Greensburg with his wife Phoebe Bayard. 

03/28/1781      Washington County created from part of Westmoreland County.

03/30/1803      Indiana County was formed from parts of Westmoreland and Lycoming counties.

See Today in History for more dates of particular interest to Westmoreland County.

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.