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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:
The applications period for the part time education coordinator position closed July 11, 2018.
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 - JULY
July 3, 1754: George Washington capitulated at Fort Necessity
July 5, 1852: First railroad engine entered Westmoreland County
July 2-8, 1755: Braddock’s Army passed through present-day Westmoreland County on its way to take Fort Duquesne from the French. His forces suffered a crushing defeat on July 9 and failed in their mission.
July 13, 1782: Hanna’s Town was attacked and burned by Native Americans and their British allies.
July 15, 1917: 10th Infantry Regiment was called up for World War I
July 26, 1794: Pittsburgh Philadelphia mail post rider was robbed near Greensburg by Whiskey Insurgents
July 29, 1786: First newspaper west of the Alleghenies, the Pittsburgh Gazette, was printed.
July 15, 1994: President Clinton speaks on Main Street in Greensburg
For more information on dates in history: Today in History