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.
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:
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 - OCTOBER
10/01/1773 Westmoreland County's first election
10/3/1955 First combined issue of Tribune-Review
10/7/1918 Greensburg suffers its first death from the great flu epidemic.
10/09/1813 County-wide celebration and light-up night held for Perry's victory on Lake Erie.
10/9/1934 First running of Rolling Rock Steeplechase Races
10/12/1758 Fort Ligonier is successfully defended against an attack by a force of French & Indians from Fort Duquesne
10/14/1644 William Penn is born
10/24/1854 Cornerstone for Westmoreland County's fourth courthouse was laid.
10/28/1934 WHJB is the first radio station to broadcast in Westmoreland County.
For more information on dates in history: Today in History
The Museum Shop is open on Saturdays in November & December when Historic Hanna's Town 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.
November 10 & 17: 11 AM to 4 PM
December 1 & 8: 10:30 to 4 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.