Westmoreland County Historical Society

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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. 

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For information on our programs, click on the calendar to your right.

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Construction is underway for the

Westmoreland History Education Center at Historic Hanna's Town

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 Follow this link to donate now: Donations

This new facility will provide a permanent home for the WCHS and consolidate our services in one location.

Features include:

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.

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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