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 it is today. Explore this history through displays of historic woodworking tools, furnishings, photographs, documents, and stories across centuries. 

Artifacts like handmade furniture and a rare Kettering rifle embody the craftsmanship of woodworkers and tell stories of the people who made them.

Also in the Education Center is an additional exhibit of photography by the Westmoreland Photographers Society highlighting the beauty and richness of Pennsylvania trees and forests.

Plan Your Visit

Click here to plan your visit to the Westmoreland History Education Center and see the new exhibit!

The exhibit is open Thursday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. (library closed), except for our holiday hours.

Visit us at 809 Forbes Trail Road, Greensburg, PA 15601.


Special Thanks

Exhibit Committee

  • Joanna Moyar, Collections Manager
  • Pamela Curtin, Education & Interpretation Manager
  • Lisa Hays, Executive Director
  • Mike Cary, Chairman of the Board
  • Debbie Delisi
  • Joan DeRose
  • Alice Kaylor
  • Bob Kendra 
  • Marilyn McSparrin 
  • John Mickinak 

Exhibit Contributors

  • John Buxton 
  • Robert Griffing 
  • Janet Kettering
  • Bob Kendra
  • Chuck Kapalka
  • Joseph Moyar
  • Paul Sirofchuck  
  • Eric Sloane 
  • Matthew D. Stein 
  • John Mickinak 

Museum Partners and Contributors

  • American Chestnut Foundation  
  • International Wood Collectors Society
  • IUP Department of Archaeology  
  • Forest History Society 
  • Fort Ligonier
  • Ligonier Valley Rail Road Association 
  • Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
  • Saint Vincent Archabbey and College Archives 
  • Westmoreland Museum of American Art 
  • Westmoreland Photographers Society

 Exhibit Fabricators

  • Blue Sky Sign Co. 
  • Glenn McIntyre
  • Greensburg Art Supply

Exhibit Assistants

  • Jim Clayton, Vice Chairman and Community Partner 
  • Martin Keck 
  • Marcus Hale, Collections Intern
  • Peggy Herron 
  • Barbara Hinkle
  • Sue Pepicelli 
  • Brian McCall 
  • Joslyn Rodell, Education Assistant
  • Bruce Shirey, Maintenance Coordinator  
  • Kacey Wees, Education Intern
  • Anita Zanke, Library Coordinator 

Community Partners

  • James M. Clayton & Mary Catherine Motchar
  • Kepple-Graft Funeral Home

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