Armstrong County Historical Museum and Genealogical Society Inc.

About Us

In order to serve the  varied  historical and  genealogical interests of our members and the  community the  Society operates  with three branches: the Museum Branch, the Library Branch, and the Committees Branch

Museum: Tells the story of people, places, and  historical events  starting with the destruction of the  Delaware Indian Village of the  Kit-Han-Ne in 1756 by  Colonel John Armstrong and  his  frontier  troops. The  Museum is  open to the  public tours on Thursday, noon to  4:00 p.m., April to November. After November 1st by Appointment.

Library: The Mildred Lankerd-Thomas Genealogical Library was  founded in 1973. The Library has  an outstanding collection of  family, county, community, and church histories; plus, many other records for those  doing  genealogical  research. The library is  open to the public from April through  mid- November on  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, noon to 4:00 p.m. and at other times  by appointment.

Genealogy Club: This members-only Standing Committee  meets the  first  Sunday of each month beginning April through Mid-November at times and  locations specified  by the officers. other standing and Adhoc Committees perform such duties specified in our Bylaws, or  directed by the Society's President and /or board of  directors.

All society members  receive the "Genealogy and Museum News" Publication.

Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, is  rich in history. The Original Delaware Indian village of Kit-Han-Ne was the  center of Indian raids on  white settlements in western Pennsylvania and parts of Maryland and Virginia during the French & Indian War. On the morning of  September 8, 1756, Col John Armstrong with  300 frontier troops, destroyed the Indian village. Armstrong County was  named  after Col. Armstrong, and the  site of the  Indian village became Kittanning, the  seat of county government.


The Armstrong County Courthouse, located  at the head of Market Street in  Kittanning   is the  second one built on this  site. The first was  destroyed by  fire in 1858. Construction on the Corinthian style building was  started  immediately after the  fire and was  completed in 1860.

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