Hours of Operation

Westmoreland History Education Center

Thursday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m   •   Sunday, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. (library closed)

Guided tours of Historic Hanna's Town available Thursday-Sunday.

Celebrate fall with our upcoming programs!

Join us for fall and Halloween themed programs at Historic Hanna's Town. Enjoy historical demonstrations, children's activities, pumpkin decorating, and reenactments by members of Proctor's Militia, I.B.W.C.P. on Fall Family Day (Saturday, October 30). Or, wait until nightfall when the historic site is lit by flickering candles to learn about 18th century fears and folklore on our Jack-o'-Lantern Tours (Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30).

 

Win a dinner at Historic Hanna's Town!

Win a dinner for 8 at Historic Hanna’s Town! Purchase a raffle ticket at the museum shop or from a WHS board member for a chance to win an authentic 1700s-style dinner catered by Chef Bosco (Major Stokes). The dinner will be served in a log house at Historic Hanna's Town on Tuesday, December 14, at 7 p.m.

 

New Exhibit: Penn's Woods

Our latest exhibit highlights the regional history of woodworking and carpentry. From the Pennsylvania forests emerged building techniques, tools, trades, and crafts that helped make Westmoreland County what it is today. Explore this history through historic woodworking tools, furnishings, photographs, documents, and stories across centuries. Enjoy this exhibit during the Education Center's open hours on Thursday-Sunday.

Guided Tours of Historic Hanna's Town

Learn about 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. Now a county park and historic site, Hanna’s Town invites you to be a witness to history!

Historic Hanna's Town is open for guided tours Thursday-Sunday starting in June. Reservations recommended. Grounds open all year from dawn to dusk.

Lefevre House Reconstruction

Over the past year, the Lefevre House was carefully taken apart from its original location in Jeannette and reconstructed at Historic Hanna's Town, joining many other reconstructed buildings and structures that interpret early American history.

Enjoy this series of videos documenting the house reconstruction.

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.

Open Thursdays - Saturdays at the Westmoreland History Education Center.

Visit our Online Shop!

Browse a variety of carefully-selected, history inspired gifts and keepsakes, including books, issues of our Westmoreland History magazine, home décor, children's activity books, puzzles, and more. All sales benefit the nonprofit Westmoreland Historical Society.

Also visit our shop in person, Thursdays - Saturdays at the Westmoreland History Education Center.

Events & Programs

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Guided tours of Historic Hanna's Town are currently available Thursday-Sunday. 

Check out our scheduled events!

20oct5:45 pm8:00 pmArthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Awards Dinner5:45 pm - 8:00 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my timeRizzo's Malabar Inn

29oct6:00 pm8:00 pmJack-o'-Lantern Tours6:00 pm - 8:00 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my timeHistoric Hanna's Town

30oct11:00 am4:00 pmFall Family Day11:00 am - 4:00 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my timeHistoric Hanna's Town

30oct6:00 pm8:00 pmJack-o'-Lantern Tours6:00 pm - 8:00 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my timeHistoric Hanna's Town

04nov4:00 pm7:30 pmCandlelight Open House4:00 pm - 7:30 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my timeHistoric Hanna's Town

06nov1:00 pm2:30 pmTools and Trades that Built America1:00 pm - 2:30 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my timeWestmoreland History Education Center

28nov12:30 pm4:30 pmMuseum Store Sunday12:30 pm - 4:30 pm(GMT-05:00) View in my timeWestmoreland History Education Center

04decAll DayThree Centuries of Christmas(All Day: saturday)(GMT-05:00) View in my timeHistoric Hanna's Town

05dec2:00 pm3:00 pmA Local Santa's Workshop with Channel Craft Toys2:00 pm - 3:00 pm(GMT-05:00) View in my timeWestmoreland History Education Center

11decAll DayThree Centuries of Christmas(All Day: saturday)(GMT-05:00) View in my timeHistoric Hanna's Town

29dec11:00 am3:00 pmHoliday Family Day11:00 am - 3:00 pm(GMT-05:00) View in my timeHistoric Hanna's Town

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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.

Our Mission

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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