Westmoreland County Historical Society

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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. 

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For information on our programs, click on the calendar to your right.

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Construction is underway for the

Westmoreland History Education Center at Historic Hanna's Town

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 Follow this link to donate now: Donations

This new facility will provide a permanent home for the WCHS and consolidate our services in one location.

Features include:

In the renovated 1910 Steel House:

 

The applications period for the part time education coordinator position closed July 11, 2018.


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.

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THIS MONTH IN HISTORY - JULY

July 3, 1754: George Washington capitulated at Fort Necessity

July 5, 1852: First railroad engine entered Westmoreland County

July 2-8, 1755: Braddock’s Army passed through present-day Westmoreland County on its way to take Fort Duquesne from the French.  His forces suffered a crushing defeat on July 9 and failed in their mission.

 July 13, 1782: Hanna’s Town was attacked and burned by Native Americans and their British allies.  

 July 15, 1917: 10th Infantry Regiment was called up for World War I

 July 26, 1794: Pittsburgh Philadelphia mail post rider was robbed near Greensburg by Whiskey Insurgents

 July 29, 1786: First newspaper west of the Alleghenies, the Pittsburgh Gazette, was printed.

 July 15, 1994: President Clinton speaks on Main Street in Greensburg

 

For more information on dates in history: Today in History