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CIVIL WAR WEEKEND at HISTORIC HANNA'S TOWN
featuring the Pennsylvania Reserve
Sat. August 19 & Sun. August 20
10 AM to 6 PM Saturday; 10 AM to 4 PM Sunday
Encampments, Demonstrations, & Reenactments
For additional information: Civil War Reenactment
Regular admission includes all activities.
Archaeology Field School by Indiana University of PA
at Historic Hanna’s Town
July 17 – August 18
10 AM to 3 PM Monday - Saturday
Hanna's Town's history makes it a unique archaeological site revealing how people lived on the frontier during America's Revolutionary War.
The public is welcome to observe and ask questions.
We are currently accepting nominations for the Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Awards
THIS MONTH IN HISTORY - JULY
07/03/1754 George Washington capitulated at Fort Necessity
7/5/1912 Collision on the Ligonier Valley Railroad near Ligonier, PA
07/13/1782 Hanna's Town attacked and burned by Seneca Indians and their British allies.
7/15/1917 10th Infantry Regiment called up for World War I
7/15/1994 President Clinton speaks on Main Street in Greensburg.
07/26/1794 Pittsburgh-Philadelphia mail post rider was robbed near Greensburg by Whiskey Insurgents
07/29/1786 First newspaper west of the Alleghenies, the Pittsburgh Gazette, was printed
See Today in History for more information and other dates of particular interest to Westmoreland County.
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.