History Center Construction Set for '13
Skena, Rossilynne, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Work on a new building, The Westmoreland History Education Center, at historic Hanna's Town could begin in spring 2013.
The center will house a new headquarters for the Westmoreland County Historical Society as well as a place to display changing exhibits and a space for programming opportunities, said Lisa Hays, executive director of the historical society.
"Research and (a) library and exhibits and programs are all going to be under one roof," Hays said.
Though the building will be located at Hanna's Town in Hempfield, it will showcase many aspects of the county's history.
Hays said many historical societies, including her own, are forced to keep artifacts in boxes because they have no place to display them.
"I'm excited to have a place to show changing exhibits," she said, "... to get these hidden treasures out to the public to appreciate and learn from."
The society is about halfway to its $4.3 million goal for the project, she said. That figure includes about $1.2 million from the county, some grant money from foundations and hundreds of private donations.
Though the exact date for the project will depend on fundraising, Hays said she hopes to seek bids for the project late this winter, then break ground in the spring. …