Message from the Westmoreland Historical Society

Our winter hours are: Thursday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The research library and museum shop are open during winter hours.

Updated: February 18

Virtual Irish Genealogy Workshop - March 30

Irish genealogy experts from the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast for the seventh annual Irish Genealogy Workshop, hosted in partnership with the Heinz History Center, on Tuesday, March 30, with a special additional Q&A on Tuesday, April 13.

Benefitting beginners and seasoned genealogists alike, this in-depth virtual workshop will examine a multitude of historic records and electronic resources that will advance your Irish genealogy research.

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.

Explore Revolutionary War history at 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. The town was a destination for settlers of western Pennsylvania and an oasis for travelers along the Forbes Road. Now a county park and historic site, Hanna’s Town invites you to be a witness to history!

Historic buildings closed for guided tours November-April, but grounds open all year from dawn to dusk.

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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 and in a news release here.

Some events previously advertised have been postponed or canceled due to COVID-19. Please check back frequently for the most up-to-date information.

Check out our currently scheduled events.

30mar9:00 am1:30 pmIrish Genealogy Workshop (Virtual)9:00 am - 1:30 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

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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