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 starting in June.
Frontier Court Days: June 19-20
Step back in time to when Hanna’s Town served as the seat of government for Westmoreland County! Join us for reenactments of actual court cases heard at Hanna’s Town between 1773 and 1786 along with militia encampments and demonstrations, living history demonstrations and displays, activities for children, and more.
Historic Hanna's Town is now open!
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.
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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.
Some events previously advertised have been postponed, canceled, or adjusted due to COVID-19. Please check back frequently for the most up-to-date information.
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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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