Events and Programs

Fall and Halloween Happenings at Historic Hanna’s Town

As fall arrives at Historic Hanna's Town, we are planning our annual fall and Halloween programs to get you in the autumnal spirit. Join us for historical demonstrations, reenactments, and family-friendly activities during daylight hours on Fall Family Day, or wait until nightfall to explore history by candlelight on a...

September 11 Anniversary Observance

On Saturday, September 11, we remembered the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks with a special observance. Westmoreland Historical Society staff, board members, and volunteers, members of the public, and members of Proctor's Militia, I.B.W.C.P., gathered at the Fort at Historic Hanna's Town for a small ceremony. Captain of...

Westmoreland Land Trust Hosts Birdwatching Program at Historic Hanna’s Town

Thank you to the Westmoreland Land Trust and educator Paula Purnell for a great birdwatching class at Historic Hanna's Town! Paula's "Be a Better Birder" family-friendly program introduced participants to the skills and resources needed to improve their birdwatching skills. Participants learned about bird characteristics, types of feathers, identification techniques, and birding...

Civil War Encampment & Reenactment 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the biannual Civil War Encampment and Reenactment! We had a weekend with perfect weather and many exciting and educational activities. Special Thanks Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks and Recreation, Westmoreland County Public Works Department, Westmoreland Historical Society Board of Directors, Westmoreland Historical Society volunteers, Bob Sidley...

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...

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...

March for Parks 2021

Historic Hanna's Town was proud to participate in the annual March for Parks, coordinated by Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Board. March for Parks is a fun event to raise money for new park and trail projects in Westmoreland County. Historic Hanna's Town was acquired by Westmoreland County Parks...

Gems of the Collection: Everything AND the Kitchen Sink!

Our latest exhibit at the Westmoreland History Education Center is an important landmark for the Westmoreland Historical Society - one may even say historic! This exhibit tells stories of Westmoreland County history through objects in the Westmoreland Historical Society collection, most of which have never been exhibited before. Since the...