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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:
The Museum Shop at Historic Hanna's Town is open on Saturdays December when the site is hosting programs. The Shop opens a half hour before the first program of the day and closes at 4 PM. This allows attendees to shop before and/or after the program.
December 1 & 8: 10 AM to 4 PM
December 15: Noon to 3 PM
Hanna's Town's Museum Shop features a selection of 18th century reproductions and items relevant to our programs, including holiday gifts, books, toys & games, home décor, edibles, and cards and stationary.
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 - DECEMBER
12/7/1949 Greensburg Coliseum destroyed by fire.
12/10/1785 Newtown, now Greensburg, was selected as the permanent county seat for Westmoreland County.
12/14/1799 George Washington died at Mt. Vernon.
12/20/1785 The first person to be executed by court order west of the Allegheny Mtns was hung at Hanna’s Town.
12/23/1823 "A Visit from St. Nicholas" first published. Better known as "The Night Before Christmas," this poem did much to standardize the American idea of St. Nicholas, aka Santa Claus.
12/23/1908 The Westmoreland County Historical Society was founded.
For more information on dates in history: Today in History