Message from the Westmoreland Historical Society

The Westmoreland History Education Center is open for winter hours:

Thursday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The research library and museum shop will remain open throughout the winter.

The Christmas Memories exhibit will be open from January 7 - 16 during our open hours.

Our outdoor self-guided Christmas Past tour may be visited dawn to dusk at Historic Hanna's Town.

Updated: Thursday, January 7

Christmas Memories

This special exhibition presents objects and vignettes that will bring back fond memories of Christmases from the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s.

Enjoy vintage Christmas decorations, ornaments, toys, a holiday kitchen scene, a mantel with vintage stockings and cards, and a large train display with a village, landscaping, and working mid-century Lionel trains.

The exhibit will be open January 7 to 16 on Thursdays through Saturdays.

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 at the Westmoreland History Education Center at Historic Hanna's Town.

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.

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 home of the new Westmoreland History Education Center, Hanna’s Town invites you to be a witness to history! Closed for guided tours November-April.

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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.

29novAll Day16janChristmas Past: Self-Guided Outdoor Walking Tour(All Day)(GMT-05:00) View in my timeHistoric Hanna's Town

07janAll Day16Christmas Memories: 1930-1959, Exhibit(All Day)(GMT-05:00) View in my timeWestmoreland History Education Center

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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We can be reached by email or phone during regular office hours.