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Welcome to Jefferson Township Historical Society

The purpose of the Jefferson Township Historical Society (“Society”) shall be to bring together those people interested in history, and especially in the history of Jefferson Township and surrounding areas. Understanding the history of our community is basic to our democratic way of life, gives us a better understanding of our state and nation, and promotes a better appreciation of our American heritage. Read More about JTHS

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We will be holding a 9/11 Memorial Service, this year and we will honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, those who lost their battle from 9/11 illnesses. We will be praying for those who continue to battle 9/11 related illnesses. We will be honoring Iron workers this year for their dedicated work at ground zero. We are honored once again to welcome back Animal Friends Therapy dogs they will be present to go through out the audience. We are honored to have Senator Camera Bartolotta joining us and speaking. We are also honored to welcome Jim McDonough Iron worker who will also be speaking to us.  More will be added as we get confirmation. We are hoping for many Iron workers to join us. We would love them to participate in the raising and lowering our flag to half staff. May we NEVER FORGET!




The September meeting of the Jefferson Township Historical Society will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10:00 am in the White Church building located in Eldersville on Fire Road across from the fire hall.  If you are unsure where we are located, type into your GPS the address of 11 Fire Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

September 9/11th Service will be on Sunday, September 10th at 2:00 at the Memorial Site in Eldersville Every year since the awful tragedy of 9/11 Diane Huggins has planned a service for all of us to remember that terrible day and those that died.  This year, since September 11th is on a Monday, we will have our service on Sunday, September 10th when hopefully more people will be available to attend.  Diane said that there would be iron workers present and therapy dogs would be returning.  Senator Camera Bartolotta will be speaking and Emma Gragan will be singing.  Please mark your calendars now to remember all who died that day and their surviving families and friends at the service on September 10th.  It would be helpful if you would bring your own lawn chair.  If the weather does not cooperate and we have rain, the service will still go on but it will be in the White Church where refreshments will be served.

Saturday, September 16th It would be difficult to find a person more dedicated to “Saving History” than our guest speaker, Bill Kerekes, who will be speaking on September 16th at our monthly meeting.  Bill is a Bulger man who has moved and rebuilt a log house into his home.  In 1995, Bill bought the former Phillis farm log house that used to be in Cherry Valley.  He immediately tore it down – log by log with a crane and dump truck, numbering each piece with a metal tag.  He stored the logs in sheds on his property in Bulger where he has rebuilt the log house for his home. Come to our meeting on September 16th and ask Bill how he went about rebuilding the log house.  I am sure he has some interesting stories to tell us.  You do not have to be a member of the Society to attend any of our meetings.  We welcome everyone, all ages.  Please come and enjoy a good program, fellowship and refreshments.  Coming to the meeting and hearing Bill speak will set the stage for the field trip to follow on Saturday, October 14th.

Field Trip Saturday October  14th On Saturday, October 14th, we will have a field trip to tour the log house that Bill Kerekes has rebuilt for his home. The address is 47 Verner Avenue, Bulger, PA 15019.  The Fort Vance Historical Society is presenting this “Saving History” tour of the log house.  The time for the tour is 1 PM – 3PM.  Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.  We will meet at the White Church at 12:15 and carpool to the log house.  You can RSVP or call 724 947 5441 with any questions you may have.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 This will be our regular monthly program and our guest speaker will be Chris Sedlak.  His topic is to be announced later.

Christmas in the Village The dates are November 3, 4, and 5 and the time is daily 10:00 to 5:00. Enclosed is a flyer.  If you could help us out by passing out flyers to your friends and family, please contact Peggy Strain, Team Leader, for Christmas in the Village at home 724 947 9015 or by cell or text at 724 554 6887.  If you can help in the White Church for Christmas in the Village, please contact Jean Baltich 1 304 748 6376.  John Ratkovitch is looking for green tomatoes to make his famous green tomato relish.  It is year-end for gardens.  Do you have any green tomatoes you could give to John?

Museum The Museum will be opened during Christmas in the Village but plans are being discussed to have the Museum opened more often.  We will open the Museum now by appointment.  If you are interested in seeing what is in our Museum, please contact Dave Choman 724 947 2116 or Peggy Strain 724 947 9015.

Christmas Party Saturday, December 16th The date and place have been set for our December Christmas Party.  It will be on Saturday, December 16th at noon for horsd’ oeuvres and at 1:00 for dinner. The cost of the dinner will be $15.00 per person.  What is different this year?  Our Christmas Party will be held at the Slovan VFW.  Please mark your calendars now and plan to come. 

Books on Penowa Dorothy Muzopappa has books on Penowa to sell.  They are $20 a book and Frank Muzopappa who wrote the book gives half the money he gets back to the Society.  Help us out and buy a book.  Any questions, call Dorothy at 1 304 748 2503.  She would love to hear from you.

Fundraiser The only fundraiser we have right now is sales from the RADA catalogue.  Please see Jean Baltich if you are interested in seeing a catalogue.  We would welcome more ideas for fundraisers.

Third Annual Avella History Fair will be held on Saturday, September 30at the Avella Volunteer Fire Department Hall on Route 50 in Avella, PA.  The A. D. White Research Society sponsors this event.  They hope to have historian Kathryn Slasor visit and have her book available, “Under the Sugar Tree”.  Kathryn moved to Florida several years ago but continues to write and stay in touch.  The Fort Vance Historical Society will have a display table at the History Fair and they are asking for our help.  This is an opportunity for the Jefferson Township Historical Society to also become better known in the community.  To offer your help, please contact Peggy Strain 724 947 9015 or text 724 554 6887.


Jefferson Township Map - circa 1932
with locations of historical sites noted by Frank Muzopappa.
Click Here to Download a copy of the Map.

Information and Events

The Jefferson Township Historical Society meets at the White Church the third Saturday of every month at 10:00 am.
We will be providing information for the meetings each month. Christmas in the Village is the Historical Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year, look for 216 information soon!
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Buildings and Monuments

~ Veterans Memorial

It was February 2004 when the Board members of the Jefferson Township Historical Society had a vision for a Veterans Memorial in Eldersville. They owned property where a Memorial could be built. There was a Jefferson Township Honor Roll in front of the former Eldersville Grade School.... Read More

~ The White Church

The White Church is uniquely located in a tri-state area attracting visitors from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. It has been awarded historic landmark designations by the Washington County History and Landmark Foundation for The White Church, built in 1844 and Heritage Hall, built 1876. The White Church Building is a useful site for community events and its monthly meetings and Heritage Hall houses its museum.... Read More

~ Heritage Hall

Heritage Hall is located at 493 Eldersville Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021. In 2012 the Washington County History and Landmarks Foundation awarded Historic Landmark Designations for the Society’s two buildings: Heritage Hall and The White Church....
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A contribution of any size is welcome for this worthwhile and commendable White Church Preservation Project. You may mail your contribution to Jefferson Township Historical Society, White Church Project, Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021 or contact Frank Malardie, Treasurer at

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