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THIS MONTH IN HISTORY - SEPTEMBER
09/1/1932 First Sears store in Westmoreland County opens in downtown Greensburg
09/02/1791 Thomas Hamilton named first postmaster of Greensburg
09/2/1958 Penn State opens the New Kensington Campus
09/03/1794 Whiskey insurrectionists besiege Drum House in Greensburg
09/11/1794 Eighty whiskey insurgents from Greensburg and Hempfield Township granted amnesty
09/18/1969 Historic Hanna's Town acquired by Westmoreland County
09/19/1786 "Newton" renamed "Greensburg," in honor of General Nathanael Greene
09/23/1812 Greensburg Rifle Company left to join William H. Harrison
09/24/1788 Allegheny County formed out of part of Westmoreland County
09/26/1958 President Eisenhower seals the "Century Chain" at Fort Ligonier
09/26/1968 Plans announced for new Chrysler plant near New Stanton
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.