Westmoreland Historical Society & Historic Hanna's Town

Westmoreland Historical Society & Historic Hanna's Town Nonprofit dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Based at Historic Hanna's Town, the first county seat of Westmoreland.
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The Westmoreland County Historical Society, the official historical society for the county, is an educational organization that manages historical resources in order to educate a large and diverse audience about the more than 225 year history of Westmoreland County in ways that offer people connections to the past, an understanding of the present, and guidance for the future. Founded in 1908, the

The Westmoreland County Historical Society, the official historical society for the county, is an educational organization that manages historical resources in order to educate a large and diverse audience about the more than 225 year history of Westmoreland County in ways that offer people connections to the past, an understanding of the present, and guidance for the future. Founded in 1908, the

Operating as usual

We're hiring! We are seeking a fall intern to work on educational projects and lead guided tours at Historic Hanna’s Tow...
08/23/2021
Staff and Board - Westmoreland County Historical Society

We're hiring! We are seeking a fall intern to work on educational projects and lead guided tours at Historic Hanna’s Town. This is a paid, temporary, part-time position.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and letter of recommendation to the Education & Interpretation Manager at [email protected] by Friday, August 27.

Please visit this link and scroll to the middle of the page for full details about the internship:
https://westmorelandhistory.org/about-us/staff-and-board

We are governed by a policy-making Board of DirectorsThe Society's day-to-day operation is the responsibility of a full-time Executive Director. The Society's work is carried out by a full-time Education Coordinator, a library assistant, seasonal employees, and volunteers.

We still have spots open for our birdwatching program this Saturday, August 21! Join us for Be a Better Birder - present...
08/19/2021
Be a Better Birder!

We still have spots open for our birdwatching program this Saturday, August 21! Join us for Be a Better Birder - presented by the Westmoreland Land Trust 🐦

This free, family-friendly event will introduce you to the skills and resources needed to improve your birdwatching skills. Participants will build a birdfeeder, learn some basic bird anatomy, and then use binoculars, field guides and new smartphone technologies identify some of the amazing birds living in, and passing through, our area.

Space is limited and registration through Eventbrite is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-a-better-birder-tickets-161215888061 We hope to see you there!

Join us, have fun, explore nature, and improve your birdwatching skills!

Nominations for the Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Award are due this Friday, August 13, by 5:30 p.m.This award ...
08/11/2021
Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Awards - Westmoreland County Historical Society

Nominations for the Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Award are due this Friday, August 13, by 5:30 p.m.

This award is presented to individuals, organizations, businesses or educational institutions that have made a significant and sustainable contribution to the preservation of historic places, documents, records or stories of Westmoreland County's history. Help honor their work by nominating them for the area's premier award for local history preservation.

Learn more: https://westmorelandhistory.org/arthur-st-clair-awards

This award is presented annually to those individuals, organizations, businesses or educational institutions that have made a significant and sustainable contribution to the preservation of our historic places, documents, records or stories, and by doing so, are keeping alive Westmoreland County's r...

Join us at Historic Hanna's Town for a free birdwatching class presented by the Westmoreland Land Trust on Saturday, Aug...
08/10/2021
Be a Better Birder!

Join us at Historic Hanna's Town for a free birdwatching class presented by the Westmoreland Land Trust on Saturday, August 21.

This free, family-friendly event will introduce you to the skills and resources needed to improve your birdwatching skills. Participants will build a birdfeeder, learn some basic bird anatomy, and then use binoculars, field guides and new smartphone technologies identify some of the amazing birds living in, and passing through, our area.

Register here through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-a-better-birder-tickets-161215888061

Join us, have fun, explore nature, and improve your birdwatching skills!

Do you know of a person or organization who has made an important contribution to preserving the history of Westmoreland...
08/09/2021
Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Awards - Westmoreland County Historical Society

Do you know of a person or organization who has made an important contribution to preserving the history of Westmoreland County? Honor their work by nominating them for the Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Award!

Award nominations are open through Friday, August 13. Follow the link to download a nomination form and see past award winners.

This award is presented annually to those individuals, organizations, businesses or educational institutions that have made a significant and sustainable contribution to the preservation of our historic places, documents, records or stories, and by doing so, are keeping alive Westmoreland County's r...

Happening now: Join us at Historic Hanna's Town on this beautiful day for Frontier Court Days! Enjoy living history pres...
06/20/2021
Frontier Court Days

Happening now: Join us at Historic Hanna's Town on this beautiful day for Frontier Court Days! Enjoy living history presentations, militia demonstrations, court reenactments at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and more!

Learn more: https://westmorelandhistory.org/events/frontier-court-days-2021/

Step back in time to when Hanna’s Town served as the seat of government for Westmoreland County! Join us for

https://westmorelandhistory.org/product/woman-on-fireBook talk at 12 p.m. both days by Gail Curtis, author of Woman on F...
06/15/2021
Woman on Fire - Westmoreland County Historical Society

https://westmorelandhistory.org/product/woman-on-fire
Book talk at 12 p.m. both days by Gail Curtis, author of Woman on Fire: Based on the Life of Elizabeth Guthrie Brownlee Guthrie, a fictionalized story based on the life of a real survivor of the attack on Hanna’s Town, with signed books available in the museum shop.

https://westmorelandhistory.org/events/frontier-court-days-2021

Through the fictional voices of Elizabeth Guthrie Brownlee and other members of her family, the story of the burning of Hanna's Town and her captivity comes to life.

"Freedom is a light for which many men have died in darkness." Today we remember those who gave their lives while servin...
05/31/2021
Virtually Tour the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier

"Freedom is a light for which many men have died in darkness."

Today we remember those who gave their lives while serving in the U.S. military. The first military group organized in Westmoreland County was a county-wide militia established at Hanna's Town in 1775.

The above quote is taken from the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier in Philadelphia, where soldiers as well as civilians were buried in the 18th century. Learn more about this moving memorial and the history of the first fallen Americans.

The Museum is now open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. with enhanced health and safety protocols.  Plan Your Visit

Congrats to our friends at GO Laurel Highlands on their new installation of photographs and visitor resources at Arnold ...
05/26/2021
Photos, 'resource wall' highlight region's attractions at Arnold Palmer airport near Latrobe

Congrats to our friends at GO Laurel Highlands on their new installation of photographs and visitor resources at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe. We are thrilled to see Historic Hanna's Town and many wonderful historic, cultural, and natural sites in Westmoreland County and the Laurel Highlands providing a warm welcome to visitors.

No matter when travelers arrive at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity, the terminal’s new decor always will be in season. On Tuesday, airport officials and staff of GO Laurel Highlands, the destination marketing organization for Westmoreland, Fayette and Somerset counties, unveiled more t...

Huzzah! We had a wonderful opening weekend at Historic Hanna's Town. Special thanks to our tour guides, shop volunteers,...
05/10/2021
Historic Hanna's Town reopens, shows off its revolutionary style

Huzzah! We had a wonderful opening weekend at Historic Hanna's Town. Special thanks to our tour guides, shop volunteers, blacksmith, and Proctor's Militia for attending, and to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for featuring our festivities.

Read more: https://www.post-gazette.com/life/fashion/2021/05/10/Historic-Hannas-Town-Greensburg-PA-LeFevre-House/stories/202105100001

Plan your visit to Historic Hanna's Town: https://westmorelandhistory.org/visit

Much like the early settlers of Hanna’s Town in 1769, the Westmoreland Historical Society had to adapt to unexpected conditions last year...

05/09/2021

The Antiques and Collectibles Market today has been closed due to inclement weather. Thank you for your understanding and stay warm and dry today! 🌧

Thank you, Megan Tomasic and Triblive, for such immediate notice.  It was a great program!  Any ideas of what we could "...
05/02/2021
Remembering Westmoreland County's glassmaking history

Thank you, Megan Tomasic and Triblive, for such immediate notice. It was a great program! Any ideas of what we could "remember" for next year's program!

https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/remembering-westmoreland-countys-glassmaking-history/

Glass pieces varying in color and style were spread out across a table at the Greensburg Country Club on Sunday afternoon, offering a quick peak into the history of Grapeville’s former Westmoreland Glass factory, which shuttered in 1984 after almost 100 years in business. The pieces were on di...

We have lots of history happenings at the Westmoreland Historical Society!⭐️ Saturday, May 1: Opening Day at Histoirc Ha...
04/21/2021
Here's what's happening at Historic Hanna's Town

We have lots of history happenings at the Westmoreland Historical Society!

⭐️ Saturday, May 1: Opening Day at Histoirc Hanna's Town. Join us for guided tours, living history displays and demonstrations, and sales in the museum shop. Regular guided tours of Historic Hanna's Town will be offered weekends in May.

⭐️ Sunday, May 2: Remember When program at the Greensburg Country Club featuring the history of Westmoreland glass.

⭐️ Antiques and Collectibles will begin Sunday, May 9, and also take place on June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10.

Please call 724-836-1800 x210 to reserve your spot for a guided tour or the Rememeber When program. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Learn more: https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/heres-whats-happening-at-historic-hannas-town/

See our full list of events and programs: https://westmorelandhistory.org/events-and-programs

Historic Hanna’s Town opens to the public May 1, offering guided tours, a new walking path and a look into recently reconstructed and renovated log buildings. The Westmoreland Historical Society, which maintains the Revolutionary War-era site with Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation, also...

Our volunteers generously give their time and talents to accomplish a variety of important tasks. From reconstructing ou...
04/13/2021
Volunteers' Hard Work Highlighted on Heritage Blog - Westmoreland County Historical Society

Our volunteers generously give their time and talents to accomplish a variety of important tasks. From reconstructing our newest log buildings, to assisting in our collections and archives, and developing new educational gardens, there is no shortage of exciting projects that our volunteers are accomplishing!

Special thanks to Westmoreland Heritage for highlighting several of our volunteers on their blog. We have linked two of their Volunteer Spotlights in our blog post here: https://westmorelandhistory.org/volunteers-hard-work-highlighted-on-heritage-blog

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact our Education & Interpretation Manager, Pam, at [email protected], and we will find the right place for you at the Westmoreland Historical Society!

Our volunteers make important contributions to preserving and sharing the history of Hanna’s Town and Westmoreland County. Several of our volunteers have recently been featured on the blog for Westmoreland Heritage, which promotes historic sites and cultural organizations in Westmoreland County. T...

Want to learn more about nature and also make a difference in our community? 🌿 🌸 🐝 Apply for the Fall 2021 training sess...
04/01/2021
Wildlife, habitat enthusiasts sought for Pennsylvania master naturalist training

Want to learn more about nature and also make a difference in our community? 🌿 🌸 🐝 Apply for the Fall 2021 training session of the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program, coordiated by Brandywine Conservancy's Penguin Court near Laughlintown.

We were proud to host several Pennsylvania Master Naturalist training sessions and volunteer service efforts at Historic Hanna's Town last fall. Additionally, two of our staff members, Joanna and Pam, are currently trainees in the program.

Learn more: https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/wildlife-habitat-enthusiasts-sought-for-pennsylvania-master-naturalist-training/

Anyone interested in promoting pollinator habitats or tracking bird migrations might want to join the ranks of Pennsylvania’s master naturalists. Volunteers from Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties can sign up for 55 hours of training in the late summer and fall, which is the first ste...

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809 Forbes Trail Rd
Greensburg, PA
15601-6548

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 10:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday 10:30am - 4:30pm
Sunday 12:30pm - 4:30pm

Telephone

(724) 836-1800

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Westmoreland Historical Society & Historic Hanna’s Town

This historical settlement near Greensburg, PA, holds a special place in American history. Established by Irish farmer and businessman Robert Hanna in 1773, Hanna’s Town served as the site of the first English court west of the Allegheny Mountains and first seat of government for Westmoreland County.

Hanna’s Town was home to frontier settlers and hosted travelers along the Forbes Road. The Hanna’s Town Resolves, adopted May 16, 1775, illustrate how frontier people helped fuel the movement toward American independence. During the Revolutionary War, Hanna’s Town recruited men not only for the Continental Army, but also for the militia that aided in the western campaigns against Native American allies of the British. In 1782, Hanna’s Town was destroyed by the Seneca and their British allies in one of the last conflicts of the Revolutionary War.

The site's subsequent conversion to farmland in the early 1800s preserved it as an archaeological time capsule of frontier life during the waning British colonial period and the emerging American republic.

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I am looking to prove John W Neal (Neel) 1746-1821 was the father of Andrew Jackson Neal he lived to Estill Co, KY settled in and had Creath Neal, Robert E Neal and he was the father of my grandmother Maude Neal.
Hi! I live in the first original permanent house (red brick) built in the area, circa 1783. It was constructed on the 900+ acre lot by Christopher Walthour who also had constructed Fort Walthour in 1774 where the current Kohl’s in North Huntington (Irwin) sits. They owned most all of the land in the Irwin/Manor area but we currently have a 1 acre lot where the house is ☺️. Across the street on Sandy Hill Road used to sit the Walthour Grist Mill and many streets in Manor are named after its I am searching for anyone, descendants etc who can tell me more about our home. I am on a quest to get it registered as a historical landmark and would love to find out more in any avenue possible whether stories or connections. Thanks in advance for anyone that can help 💗!
This is a 8mm movie my grandfather took of a parade in western PA around 1958 that includes this community. I wanted to share it and am interested in any information about this event.
Hi! Does anyone know when the Antiques & Collectibles Market will reopen? Thank you!
Glad to see that Hanna’s town is growing
Hello, are dogs allowed on the property or do you suggest to leave them at home? Thank you
David AKA “Wild Colonial Boy”, excited to perform great music for Hanna’s Town this weekend. Come hear him and the rest of Gallowglass!