GGCC History


In 1969, Katherine Mabis McKenna, a well-known philanthropist educated in engineer drawing, provided the design and the funds to build the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center. The reason to build the center was two-fold: It served as a memorial to her dearly departed son, Mennel, as well as providing her with a catalyst that would enable her vision of an educational and cultural civic center to come to fruition.

Mrs. McKenna was so inspired by her vision, that she donated the building to the City of Greensburg so that the entire Greensburg and Westmoreland County region could utilize the building as a premier meeting center and multipurpose facility. Although governed by the Board of Directors of the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center, Inc., a five-member commission was appointed by the city council to oversee the center’s operation.

In 1992, the Board voted to change the focus, and the name, of the governing body. “The Westmoreland Trust”, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, was born. It was formed to manage and operate the GG&CC, as well as serve the community on a much larger scale. It was determined that the most effective method of keeping Mrs. McKenna’s dream alive, and providing necessary services to the region, would be to expand the focus of the Trust to include it to take on a leadership role in the development and enhancement of the cultural life and economic well being of the Westmoreland County region.

Greensburg Garden & Civic Center
951 Old Salem Road
Greensburg, PA 15601

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