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:

 

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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.

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THIS MONTH IN HISTORY - APRIL

04/02/1891      Morewood Massacre - seven striking miners killed by the local National Guard. 

04/06/1773      First court was convened at Hanna's Town.

4/13/1915        The famous Rattlesnake flag was transferred from Greensburg to the State Library, at Harrisburg.

4/14/1912        Young Greensburg Woman (and others from Westmoreland County), survive Titanic disaster.

04/20/1852      Justice Richard Coulter dies in Greensburg.

 

For more information on dates in history: Today in History