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.
The Armstrong County Historical 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 for tours on Sunday and Thursday, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., April to November. After November 1st by appointment only.
The Mildred Lankerd-Thomas Genealogical Library was founded in 1973 and 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 to November on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, noon to 4:00 p.m. and at other times by appointment.
The Armstrong County Genealogy Club is a members-only Standing Committee which 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 by-laws, or directed by the society's president and /or board of directors.
All society members receive the "Genealogy and Museum News" quarterly 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.
"History is not just something that happened long ago and far away. History happens to all of us all the time. Local history brings history home, it touches your life, the life of your family, your neighborhood, your community."
--Thomas J. Noel, Denver author and historian
To preserve the history of Armstrong County through the collection of artifacts, written accounts, and genealogical studies and to maintain a Historical Museum and Genealogical Library for the benefit of the community.
History isn't stagnated and neither is the society.
The Genealogy Library has recently acquired the holdings of the Tarentum Genealogy Club and a portion of the Oakmont Genealogy Society's collection. Volunteers are working to integrate these materials into the collection which will be housed in our new wing.
The Historical Museum has also received several new acquisitions: the bell, cornerstone and time capsule from the Kittanning Jr. High School and the Civil War muster roll of the PA 78th.