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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:
Guided tours of Historic Hanna’s Town have ended for 2017, but will resume on Saturday May 5, 2018. In the meantime, Historic Hanna’s Town is a county park open from dawn to dusk throughout the year. You are welcome to walk around the grounds and see the outside of the partially-recreated Revolutionary War period settlement.
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 - MARCH
3/9/1910 Westmoreland County Coal Strike of 1910-1911 begins.
3/10/1951 Diocese of Greensburg is created.
3/17/1936 The Great St. Patrick's Day Flood submerges the town of Livermore under 18 feet of water.
03/18/1845 Johnny Appleseed (born John Chapman in 1774), a frequent visitor to Westmoreland County, died.
03/23/1737 Arthur St. Clair born in Scotland. Distinguished Rev. War general and politician. Buried in Greensburg.
03/28/1781 Washington County created from part of Westmoreland County.
03/30/1803 Indiana County was formed from parts of Westmoreland and Lycoming counties.
For more information on dates in history: Today in History