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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:
Guided tours of Historic Hanna’s Town have ended for 2017, but will resume on Saturday May 5, 2018. In the meantime, Historic Hanna’s Town is a county park open from dawn to dusk throughout the year. You are welcome to walk around the grounds and see the outside of the partially-recreated Revolutionary War period settlement.
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 - APRIL
04/02/1891 Morewood Massacre - seven striking miners killed by the local National Guard.
04/06/1773 First court was convened at Hanna's Town.
4/13/1915 The famous Rattlesnake flag was transferred from Greensburg to the State Library, at Harrisburg.
4/14/1912 Young Greensburg Woman (and others from Westmoreland County), survive Titanic disaster.
04/20/1852 Justice Richard Coulter dies in Greensburg.
For more information on dates in history: Today in History