Westmoreland County Historical Society - Westmoreland County Pennsylvania

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Star of the West Welcome to our website! Whether Westmoreland County is your home, your ancestors' home, or a place you would like to visit, let the Star guide you.

Star of the West was a title given to Westmoreland County by 18th century German pioneers who regarded it as a "stella" or star as they traveled from eastern Pennsylvania through this region and toward western territories. The 5-pointed star also represents the five counties that were carved from Westmoreland's original boundaries - Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland. This Star reflects our mission to provide a guide through history to a greater understanding of the present and a clearer path to the future.
This Month in History
Saturday, December 10, 1785
Newtown, now Greensburg, was selected as the permanent county seat for Westmoreland County.
Wednesday, December 23, 1908
The Westmoreland County Historical Society was founded.
Wednesday, December 07, 1949
Greensburg Coliseum destroyed by fire.
Featured Event
Museum Shop at Historic Hanna's Town will be open from 1 to 4 PM on December 13th
BIG SALE - We are marking many items down up to 50% as we prepare to closed until next May. Visit the Museum Shop at Historic Hanna's Town and support the educational mission of the Society while finding unique gifts for everyone in your family.
Upcoming Events
Sunday, December 21, 2014
No Events Scheduled
Photo Galleries
Historic House Tour 2013
Historic House Tour 2012
Historic House Tour 2014 Preview
Historic House Tour 2011
Toast the Tour Cocktail Party - September 23, 2011
Toast the Tour Cocktail Party - 2010
Made in Westmoreland - First in the Series
Historic House Tour 2010
Vandergrift, PA
Arnold, PA
Winter Frolic 2011: Celebrating Our Italian Heritage
Coal Mine