Westmoreland County Historical Society


Welcome to our website! Whether Westmoreland County is your home, your ancestors' home, or a place you would like to visit, let the Star guide you. 


This c. 1890 New Years card was in the scrapbook of Shirley Scull Martin of Brush HiNew Years card.jpgll, Irwin, PA and says:


Wishing you a


New Year.


Likewise, the Westmoreland County Historical Society wishes you a Bright New Year! 

We look forward to an exciting year of great progress for the WCHS, Historic Hanna's Town, and our programs!






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.

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


Hiring a new staff position - Executive Assistant/Bookkeeper

We  are looking for a highly-motivated person to perform secretarial and bookkeeping duties (not payroll).  Must be proficient in Word, Excel, and QuickBooks.  There is flexibility in setting your work schedule for 32 hours per week.  Starting $11 per hour.  Paid time off benefits provided.  Prepare to work with a pleasant team-oriented staff.

Follow this link to see the job description:  Our Staff

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to lisa@westmorelandhistory.org.


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.