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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:
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 - JUNE
06/1/1922 Lady jurors accepted in Greensburg.
06/3/1918 Seton Hill authorized to confer degrees.
06/6/1857 Late frost killed crops in the county.
06/10/1901 The PW&S Railroad (Pittsburgh, Westmoreland and Somerset) runs its first passenger coach
06/06/1812 Greensburg Riflemen volunteered for service in War of 1812
06/15/1797 Laughlintown laid out by Robert Laughlin as “East Liberty”
06/15/1954 110th Infantry Regiment mustered out for the Korean War.
06/26/1972 “Old Hanna’s Town” – now known as Historic Hanna’s Town – is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
06/28/1902 Monessen Daily Independent first published.
06/29/1940 Pennsylvania Turnpike completed.
For more information on dates in history: Today in History