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Storytime: John Newbery and the Birth of Children’s Books

Enjoy our ninth virtual Pages of History Storytime program! This week, we are featuring Balderdash: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter.  While most children's books in the 18th century contained lessons and rules, John Newbery imagined them overflowing with entertaining stories, science, and...

Storytime: Because of an Acorn

Enjoy our eighth virtual Pages of History Storytime program! This week, we are featuring Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer and illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon. Read with permission from Chronicle Books. In this story, wander down the forest path to learn how every tree, flower,...

Westmoreland County Medal of Honor Recipients

On this Memorial Day weekend, we honor the deceased who have influenced our life, especially those who served in the military.The Medal of Honor is the highest and most prestigious military award in the United States. Since beginning in 1863 during the Civil War, thousands of military service members have been...

Storytime: A House That Once Was

Enjoy our seventh virtual Pages of History Storytime program! This week, we are featuring A House That Once Was by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Lane Smith. ISBN: 9781626723146. Learn more about the book here. This poetic story follows two children who discover an abandoned house and wonder about all...

“With Our Lives and Fortunes” The Hanna’s Town Resolves

Discover the history of the Hanna's Town Resolves, a document written by the citizens of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, in response to the battles of Lexington and Concord during the Revolutionary War. During the American Revolution, patriots in support of independence believed they were fighting for freedom from the tyranny...

Storytime: Hector the Collector

Enjoy our sixth virtual Pages of History Storytime program! This week, we are featuring Hector the Collector by Emily Beeny and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin. ISBN: 9781626722965. Learn more about the book here.   How can you be a collector like Hector? Explore tons of virtual museum tours and...

Storytime: Now and Ben

Enjoy our fifth virtual Pages of History Storytime program! This week, we are featuring Now and Ben: The Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta. ISBN: 9780312535698. Learn more about the book here.   How can you study science like Ben Franklin? Read a Ben Franklin FAQ from the...

Storytime: Counting Birds

Enjoy our fourth virtual Pages of History Storytime program! This week, we are featuring Counting Birds: The Idea That Helped Save Our Feathered Friends by Heidi E.Y. Stemple and art by Clover Robin. ISBN: 9781633226043. Learn more about the book here.   How can you study birds like Frank Chapman?...

Storytime: Up in the Garden

Watch our third virtual Pages of History Storytime program! This week, we are featuring Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, by Kate Messner, and art by Christopher Silas Neal. Shared with permission from Chronicle Books. ISBN: 9781452119366. Learn more about the book here. Purchase the book here from...

Saint Vincent College, Westmoreland Historical Society Launch COVID-19 Digital Archive

We are happy to announce our partnership with the Saint Vincent College Department of History to preserve and share the COVID-19 experiences of people in the Westmoreland County area. Please see the press release from Saint Vincent College below: LATROBE, PA – With a shared mission of preserving local history...

Storytime: Ansel Adams

Watch our second virtual Pages of History Storytime program! This week, we are featuring Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, a Life in Nature, by Cindy Jenson-Elliott and illustrated by Christy Hale, published by Macmillan, ISBN: 9781627790826. Learn more about the book here. This story looks at the life of Ansel Adams,...

Storytime: Rachel Carson

Watch our first virtual Pages of History Storytime program! This week, we are featuring Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement, by Stephanie Roth Sisson, published by Macmillan, ISBN: 9781626728196. Learn more about the book here. This story looks at the life of Rachel Carson, a biologist,...