Westmoreland County Historical Society


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This 15-page report of Anna L. Warren and The Westmoreland County Historical Society Research Committee was written in 1977 and reprinted in 2002. It recounts the true story of a young frontier wife and mother who, after witnessing the killing of her husband and young son in July of 1782 by Indians, was taken with her infant daughter to Canada as a captive of the Indians. She was eventually returned during the prisoner exchange following the peace treaties after the Revolution. Much of the research for this paper makes use of depositions taken regarding her eligibility for a Revolutionary War pension. This story of Elizabeth, who died many years after this event in 1842 at the age of 87, is a remarkable one that adds a very personal note to the closing months of the Revolutionary War in Westmoreland County.


These documents and letters shed light on a little-publicized episode in General Arthur St. Clairs later years. He died poverty-stricken in 1818 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. This 49-page compilation by the Westmoreland County Historical Society transcribes original documents written by St. Clair and his son in attempts to recover personal funds advanced to recruiting and outfitting of soldiers under the generals command. Even these minor occurrences in the life of this illustrious Revolutionary War soldier and patriot should be brought to the public. 


Originally published in 1959 and written by one of the seminal figures in American folklife studies, this classic work examines the folk origins of Christmas in the Keystone State. Comprised of interviews and contemporary newspaper reports, it records holiday traditions from the eighteenth century through the early twentieth century, including mummers, Christ-Kindel and Kriss Kringle, Christmas trees and trimming, Belsnickels, the Philadephia carnival of horns, Moravian pyramids and putzes, Pittsburgh firecracker celebrations, and holiday treats. Now with full-color images, this edition features Don Yoder's new expanded afterword on recent research of Christmas customs and a selection of traditional recipes. 


Vibrant color paintings illustrate soldiers and battles of the war. Color photos of seldom-seen period artifacts such as uniforms, weapons, and other equipment. In this collection, renowened artist Don Troiani teams p with leading artifact historian James Kochan to present the American Revolution as it has existed only in our imaginations: in living color. 

192 pages. Hardback. 59 color paintings, 212 color photos.. 


Authors Helen Smith and George Swetnam tell the delightful story of a pioneer family enhanced by beautiful and informative illustrations. This little book will have a special appeal to children and young people, but will also profit anyone wishing a glimpse of everyday living in the early pre-Revolutionary years on the Pennsylvania frontier.


A 14 page bound paper written by Ed Hahn was a project of the Westmoreland County Historical Society. This is a study of the founding of Hanna's Town, the first county seat of Westmoreland County and the first one organized west of the Alleghenies. The community lasted some fourteen years only to be all but destroyed by Indians and British rangers on July 13, 1782. The site became farmland for the next 190 years and provided an unprecedented opportunity for archeological investigation of an undisturbed site of a colonial village. For researchers and those interested in early western Pennsylvania history, this is a valuable tool. 


A 176-page paperback cookbook that features recipes designed to use the bounty of a kitchen garden, whether home-grown or from a local farmer's market. This delightful collection will inspire you with almost 300 recipes for a great variety of vegetables, fragrant herbs, and edible flowers. 

From appetizers to desserts, here are dishes to share with family and friends - simply prepared, yet elegant to serve, nutritious and full of flavor. Try 'Baby Carrots with Ginger and Sage Butter' or 'Fresh Apple Cake with Lemon Thyme.' 


This recipe book features beverages, savories, and sweets that have been served at special events at Historic Hanna's Town, including the full teas; Three Centuries of Stimulating Beverages, Coffee, Tea, & Chocolate; and the Candlelight Open House.  Guests often ask for the recipes, and we are pleased to provide them in this little (40-page) cookbook.


This 1963 reprint of C. M. Bombergers monograph first published in 1920 is a highly detailed and thoroughly-researched account of the Battle of Bushy Run of the French and Indian War in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The author stresses the importance of this pivotal time in early colonial days west of the Appalachians and calls this battle the most decisive victory in all history gained by the White Man over the American Indian. Black and white portraits of Colonel Henry Boquet and Chief Pontiac are included in this 67-page book that is now out-of-print and very hard to find. A limited number of copies are available through The Westmoreland County Historical Society. 


Paperback reprint of the 1936 novel by Agnes Sligh Turnbull combines the details of the daily life of a pioneer family with actual characters from the history of the area. Recommended reading for all who are interested in enriching their understanding of the trials of their pioneer ancestors. 

Full of movement, of incident and adventure . . . rich in color! (The New York Times) 

It is my hope that this book, written from careful research and old family stories, may make those who read it more vividly conscious of the days long ago in Hannas Town, that little village of log cabins which played an important part in pioneer times. The men and women who crossed the Alleghenies to live there brought with them much more than the few goods on their pack horses; they brought courage, determination, and faith. (Agnes Sligh Turnbull, January 1973)