Local History & Genealogy

WCHS_building.jpgTrying to trace your family tree?  Or want to find out more information about the old building down the street?  Whatever your needs, the historical societies in Westmoreland County can help.  They have an abundance of archives, libraries and collections....

Explore the list of Historical Societies below...

Westmoreland County Historical Society


362 Sandhill Road Suite 1
(Rt 30 @ Beatty Crossroads)
Greensburg, PA 15601

Westmoreland County Historical Society now has available a professional researcher who, for a fee, will assist people with genealogical research. This service is limited to Westmoreland County records and must be scheduled in advance. For more information please call.

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Avonmore Area Historical Society


PO Box 423
Avonmore, PA 15618-0423

Baltzer Meyer Historical Society


642 Baltzer Meyer Pike
Greensburg, PA 15601-9711


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Bell Township Historic Preservation Society


PO Box 286
Salina, PA 15680-0286

Braddock Trail Chapter — Daughters of the American Revolution


200 S. Church Street
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666

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Chestnut Ridge Historical Society


Box 62
Jones Mills, PA, 15646

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Derry Area Historical Society


P.O. Box 64
New Derry, PA 15671

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Greater Monessen Historical Society


505 Donner Ave.
Monessen, PA 15062

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Jeannette Area Historical Society

415 Clay Avenue
Jeannette, PA 15644

Latrobe Area Historical Society


416 Weldon Street
Latrobe, PA 15650


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Ligonier Valley Historical Society


P.O. Box 167
Laughlintown, PA 15655-0167

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Mount Pleasant Area Historical Society


422 Washington Street
Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666


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Murrysville Historical Preservation Society


c/o 4100 Sardis Road
Murrysville, PA 15668


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Norwin Historical Society


321 Main Street
Irwin, PA 15642

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Rostraver Twp. Historical Society


118 Pleasant Valley Blvd.
Belle Vernon, PA 15012

Scottdale Historical Society


P.O. Box 400
527 North Chestnut Street
Scottdale, PA 15683


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Trafford Historical Society


416 Brinton Ave
Trafford PA 15085


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Victorian Vandergrift Museum and Historical Society


P.O. Box 183
Vandergrift, PA 15690-0183

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History Related Organizations:

Greater Greensburg Civil War Roundtable

Meets at The Westmoreland Bar Association (Every first Thursday of the month)

129 N Pennsylvania Avenue
Greensburg, PA 15601

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40th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Reenactment Group

The 40th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry is a group of Civil War reenactors whot keep history alive by portraying one of the Pennsylvania Reserve Regiments that had seen some of the bloodiest days in American history. Most of the members of the 40th PA are from Western Pennsylvania. They portray Company "C" (the Dickson Guards) of the 11th Reserves.

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IBWCP : Independent Battlion of Westmoreland County Pennsylvania (Proctor's Militia) Reenactment Group

The present day IBWCP Reenactment Group was formed in 2007 at Historic Hanna’s Town with 13 members. Their goal is to educate themselves and others in the lifestyles of our predecessors. They use these skills not only in public reenactments, weekend treks, and canoe trips, but also in everyday life. Our focus time period spans the years 1750 - 1783, encompassing the French and Indian War and American Revolutionary War.

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Mason-Dixon Regiment Reenactment Group

This group represents the Union Army of the Potomac in general, with components of a Federal Infantry Company, an artillery crew, the Mason Dixon Brass Band, a squad of United States (Berdan's) Sharpshooters, an active Chaplain, and various aspects of non-military and civilian life.

They participate in "traditional" reenactments, parades, and Memorial and Veteran's Days observances. In 2010 members of the regiment participated in a nationwide effort honoring the memory of African Americans who served during the American Civil War.

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Photography by Amanda Wilson

Amanda is responsible for many of the photographs you see featuring Bushy Run Battlefield, including ones you may see on this website and our social media sites! In fact her work has been featured in publications for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, as well as on display in local galleries and businesses.

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Ciferno Photography

Joe Ciferno Jr. is a freelance photographer that specializes in historic re-enactment photography. "From an early age I was always fascinated with history. Especially World War II. I chose photographing re-enactments because it is like stepping back in time with a camera and capturing history as it unfolds right in front of you." Ciferno is responsible for some of the Bushy Run Battlefield photographs you may see on this website, on our social media pages, and our promotional banners.