Westmoreland County Historical Society


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. 


 Remember When .. You Were Young?

Sunday, April 30, 2017 Noon to 2:30 p.m. 

Location: The Greensburg Country ClubBall boy.jpg

Using old photos provided by guests, we will devise a multi-media presentation that highlights the news, music, TV shows, etc. of the decades when we grew up.  Email a favorite photo of yourself (or a family member) when you were a child to library@westmorelandhistory.orgBe sure to identify the year of the photo.  Or, bring your photo to the office or mail it; we will scan it and return it to you.

For additional information: Remember When ... You Were Young


Opening Day at Historic Hanna's Town

Saturday May 6, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 Special Activities & Re-enactors

Full Tea at 11:30AM & 2:00 PM; reservations required 

For additional information:Opening Day at Historic Hanna's Town

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04/02/1891      Morewood Massacre (of striking workers); see link below for additional information. 

04/06/1773      First court in Westmoreland County was convened at Hanna's Town

4/13/1915        The famous Rattlesnake flag (now Westmoreland County's official flag) was transferred from the vaults of the Merchants' and Farmers' Bank in Greensburg to the State Library at Harrisburg.

4/14/1912        Young Greensburg Woman, and others from Westmoreland, survive Titanic Disaster.

04/20/1852      Justice Richard Coulter dies in Greensburg


See Today in History for more dates of particular interest to Westmoreland County.

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.