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, 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
Family Friday - July 18th at Historic Hanna's Town
The Westmoreland County Historical Society will feature The Drums of Native Sisters at a Family Friday program at Historic Hanna’s Town, 809 Forbes Trail Road, Greensburg, PA on July 18h from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the picnic pavilion.
Upcoming Events
Free Guided Tours
Thursday, August 07, 2014
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Antiques and Collectibles Market
Sunday, August 10, 2014
7:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Family Friday - Bug Camp
Friday, August 15, 2014
10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Opening Doors to Westmoreland County's History
Thursday, August 28, 2014
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Antiques and Collectibles Market
Sunday, September 14, 2014
7:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Toast the Tour Cocktail Party
Friday, September 19, 2014
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Historic House Tour
Saturday, September 20, 2014
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Antique Appraisals
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Photo Galleries
Historic House Tour 2013
Historic House Tour 2012
Historic House Tour 2013 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