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.
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.
Civil War Encampment and Reenactment - July 31 - Aug. 1
Discover the history of the Civil War at Historic Hanna's Town. Displays and presentations will explore the Civil War communications using the Post Office, telegraph, and signal flags system; women in the Civil War; Southern medicine; the Zouave Light Infantry; veteran groups; and a first-person narration by a reenactor portraying General George Meade, best known for leading Union forces to victory at Gettysburg.
A special musical performance will be presented 46th Pennsylvania Regiment Band (Logan Guards) on Saturday night.
Call for Nominations! Arthur St. Clair Awards
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.
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Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Awards Nominations
Help recognize the work of an individual, organization, business or educational institution that has made a significant and sustainable contribution to the preservation of Westmoreland County's historic places, documents, records or stories with the Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Award.
Nominations due August 13.
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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.
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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