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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, July 13, 1782
Hanna's Town attacked and burned
Wednesday, July 03, 1754
George Washington capitulated at Fort Necessity
Sunday, July 15, 1917
10th Infantry Regiment called up for World War I
Saturday, July 26, 1794
Pittsburgh-Philadelphia mail post rider was robbed near Greensburg by Whiskey Insurgents
Saturday, July 29, 1786
First newspaper west of the Alleghenies, the Pittsburgh Gazette, was printed.
Friday, July 15, 1994
President Clinton speaks on Main Street in Greensburg.
Friday, July 05, 1912
Collision on the Ligonier Valley Railroad near Ligonier, PA
Featured Event
Program Presenter Ghost-in-the-Head The Message of the Beads: The Artistic and Cultural Significance of Wampum
A free program at Historic Hanna's Town on July 31, 2015 from 1 to 3 PM features the importance of items made using wampum beads in American Indian art and culture. Participants are invited to learn the basic weaving technique and make a piece of ‘wampum’ to take home at the conclusion of the program.
Upcoming Events
IUP Archaeology Field School
Monday, July 27, 2015 to Saturday, August 01, 2015
The Message of the Beads
Friday, July 31, 2015
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
IUP Archaeology Field School
Monday, August 03, 2015 to Saturday, August 08, 2015
Free Guided Tours & Hands-On Archaeology
Friday, August 07, 2015
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Antiques and Collectibles Market
Sunday, August 09, 2015
7:30 AM to 1:00 PM
IUP Archaeology Field School
Monday, August 10, 2015 to Saturday, August 15, 2015
Antiques and Collectibles Market
Sunday, September 13, 2015
7:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Antiques and Collectibles Market
Sunday, October 11, 2015
7:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Awards Dinner
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
6:00 PM
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