Message from the Westmoreland Historical Society

We are pleased to announce that the Westmoreland History Education Center is opening Friday, June 5!

Regular hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sundays 12:30 – 4:30. Includes the research library, museum shop, and exhibit gallery.

Historic Hanna's Town opens for guided tours on Saturday, June 6, and will be available Fridays-Sundays in June.

Visitors are encouraged to call ahead for reservations and pre-pay admissions for the library and guided tours by phone (724-836-1800 x200)

Antiques & Collectibles resumes Sunday, June 14.

Please visit our COVID-19 Procedures page for all details.

Updated: Wednesday, June 3

Visit our Online Shop!

Browse a variety of carefully-selected, history inspired gifts and keepsakes, including books, issues of our Westmoreland History magazine, home decor, children's activity books, puzzles, and more. Recently updated to include spring and Easter gifts.

We are accepting and processing online orders while our in-person shop is temporarily closed.

Explore Revolutionary War history at Historic Hanna's Town

Guided tours explore life on the western frontier during the Revolutionary War and the roots of American justice at Historic Hanna’s Town. Founded in 1773, Hanna’s Town acted as the first Seat of Westmoreland County and hosted the first English courts west of the Allegheny Mountains. The town was a destination for settlers of western Pennsylvania and an oasis for travelers along the Forbes Road. Now a county park and home of the new Westmoreland History Education Center, Hanna’s Town invites you to be a witness to history!

Explore Revolutionary War history at Historic Hanna's Town

Guided tours explore life on the western frontier during the Revolutionary War and the roots of American justice at Historic Hanna’s Town. Founded in 1773, Hanna’s Town acted as the first Seat of Westmoreland County and hosted the first English courts west of the Allegheny Mountains. The town was a destination for settlers of western Pennsylvania and an oasis for travelers along the Forbes Road. Now a county park and home of the new Westmoreland History Education Center, Hanna’s Town invites you to be a witness to history!

Visit Hanna's Town on a School Field Trip!

Take your class back in time to when Westmoreland County was the American frontier! Field trips to Hanna’s Town, conducted by experienced guides, cover a variety of historical topics and include fun, hands-on activities, including guided tours of Hanna's Town, 18th century toys and games, historic clothing, court reenactments, traditional crafts, and more.

Genealogy & Research

Trying to track down the whereabouts of a long-lost ancestor? Looking to decipher an old photograph or letter? Want to know about life in Westmoreland County decades or centuries ago? Discover your family roots at our library! We have reference books, genealogical records, and original documents of local interest waiting for you to investigate.

Westmoreland History Education Center

Welcome to the new home of the Westmoreland Historical Society at Historic Hanna’s Town!

With an exhibit gallery, library, archaeology lab, classrooms, museum shop, and offices in a renovated 1910 farmhouse, the Westmoreland History Education Center will tell exciting stories of the county across time and place.

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Pandemic 2020: Help Preserve History as it Happens

The Westmoreland Historical Society is teaming up with the Saint Vincent College Department of History to create a digital archive documenting the COVID-19 experiences of people in the Westmoreland County area.

Read stories, explore images, and browse a variety of material collected and contributed by the Westmoreland County community. Learn more at https://pandemic2020svc.omeka.net/ and in a news release here.

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    The Westmoreland Historical Society is an educational organization dedicated to acquiring and managing resources related to the history of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania and using these resources to encourage a diverse audience to make connections to the past, develop an understanding of the present, and provide direction for the future.

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