Education Center Campaign

Westmoreland History Education Center: bringing Westmoreland County history to life!

With a bold vision for preserving and sharing the history of Westmoreland County, this new facility at Historic Hanna’s Town provides a permanent home for the Westmoreland Historical Society and consolidates our services in one location. The Education Center enables us to interpret the broad history of Westmoreland County at its birthplace, Hanna’s Town, the first county seat of Westmoreland established in 1773. Through compelling changing exhibits, special events, and educational programs, the Education Center will provide context for the rich and diverse stories across Westmoreland County from the Colonial period to the 21st century and allow us to illustrate the broader American story.

The Education Center will increase our capacity to serve the public and collaborate with local partners such as museums, historical societies, nonprofits, schools, and universities. A new Multipurpose Education Room and Exhibit Gallery will allow us to expand programs and methods of interpreting the past. Rooms for processing, studying and storing collections and a new home for the non-circulating library will strengthen our ability to connect researchers to the resources they need. Additionally, the renovated 1910 Steel House gives us on-site space for our offices and operations.

The Westmoreland Historical Society, established in 1908, has served the region for more than a century. The Education Center at Hanna’s Town is a milestone achievement that provides us with a centralized location for all Westmoreland Historical Society activities in a beautiful and educational historic setting.

Features of the Education Center include:

  • Exhibit Gallery for changing exhibits developed in partnership with other historical groups
  • Multipurpose Education Room for year-round programs, classes, and events for all ages
  • Collections Storage
  • Collections processing room
  • Research Library for genealogy and regional history
  • Museum Shop
  • Modern amenities to facilitate programs and visitor comfort including modern restrooms and handicapped accessibility

In the renovated 1910 Steel House:

  • Westmoreland Historical Society offices
  • Exhibit Room for early 20th century history
  • Conference meeting room

Support the Campaign!

Your gift to the Westmoreland History Education Center Campaign helps us preserve our history and serve the public through educational programs and research services.

Giving Levels

Investor – $25,000+

Partner - $10,000 – $24,999

Associate - $5,000 - $9,999

Supporter - $2,000 – $4,999

Pioneer - $1,000 – $1,999

Patron - $500 - $999

Friend - $250 - $499

Researcher - $100 - $249

Collector – up to $99

All gifts will be recognized. All gifts of $1,000 and above will be recognized on a permanent donor board.

Construction Photos

Photos courtesy of Jim Murphy, Westmoreland Photographers Society