Westmoreland County Historical Society


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. 


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


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.



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