Education

Penn’s Woods: Plenty for the Use of Man exhibit

Penn’s Woods: Plenty for the Use of Man highlights the local and regional history of woodworking and carpentry. While promoting his new colony, William Penn proclaimed the forests had “plenty for the use of man.” From the forests emerged building techniques, tools, trades, and crafts that helped make Westmoreland County what...

Independence Day at Historic Hanna’s Town

Independence Day can be a time to reflect upon the history and legacy of the Declaration of Independence, as well as its roots in documents like the Hanna's Town Resolves.   On May 16, 1775, citizens of Westmoreland County signed the Hanna’s Town Resolves, protesting the injustices of British Parliament...

Frontier Court Days 2021

Huzzah! We had a successful Frontier Court Days this year. After being on hiatus last year, we were grateful to welcome the community back to Historic Hanna's Town for our signature event. Frontier Court Days pays tribute to Hanna's Town as the first seat of government for Westmoreland County and...

Master Gardeners Create Dye Garden at Historic Hanna’s Town

We are proud to share that the Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County have developed the new Dye Garden at Historic Hanna's Town!  The Master Gardeners, a group of volunteers who receive in-depth training in horticulture through Penn State Extension, developed this educational demonstration garden as a service project....

Opening Day at Historic Hanna’s Town

Huzzah! On May 1, Historic Hanna's Town opened for the 2021 season. We are so happy to welcome visitors back to discover the history of Westmoreland's first county seat. We hosted several guided tours of Historic Hanna's Town, which walk visitors through the development and significance of Hanna's Town, the...

Tea Through the Centuries

While in-person teas are on hiatus this year, we are happy to share the fascinating history of this delicious drink in a new video! Grab a cup and join Louise, Joanna, and Pam as they explore the history of tea through the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Discover the ancient...

2020 Monarch Migration Celebration

Historic Hanna's Town, a member of the Westmoreland Pollinator Partners, is proud to participate in the Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County's 2020 Monarch Migration Celebration! This seven-week long, family-friendly virtual event includes access to education posts, activities, videos, and crafts via a Private Facebook event group; geocaching sites...

Eagle Scout Projects at Historic Hanna’s Town

We have recently been working with Scout Troop 405 to complete Eagle Scout projects at Historic Hanna's Town. These projects are helping restore the historic environment by planting native plants and addressing several environmental issues at the site and creating new educational and recreational opportunities for visitors. As former...

“The People of this Place Behaved Brave” The Burning of Hanna’s Town

At 2:00 p.m. on July 13, 1782, a group of Seneca and their British allies attacked Hanna's Town, the seat of government for Westmoreland County. But what were the events that led to one of the most devastating attacks on the Pennsylvania frontier at the end of the Revolutionary War?...

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...