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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“MADONNA OF THE TRAIL: More
than just a Memorial to Pioneer Mothers”
SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017
The March meeting of the Jefferson Township Historical Society will be held on Saturday, March 18, 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.
Guest speaker for our February meeting will be Clay Kilgore. The talk he will be doing is “Madonna of the Trail: More than just a Memorial to Pioneer Mothers.” This program will look at the origins of the Madonna of the Trail memorials. Starting with the Old Trails Association and moving forward to the efforts of the Daughters of the American Revolutions, the project to develop a coast to coast national road culminated with the installation of 12 statues dedicated to the spirit of the pioneer women of the United States. These monuments have come to signify even more. As we look at the history of these statues we will see how the DAR and the Old Trails Association, with the help of a future president, not only captured the heroism of frontier women, but the spirit of the United States.
Clay Kilgore is the Executive Director of the Washington County Historical Society. Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director in 2012, Kilgore served as the Society’s Curator for 8 years. Kilgore has also served as Historical Director at the David Bradford House and as a blacksmith at Meadowcroft. In addition, he runs a blacksmithing business, Old Plank Force, creating historical reproductions for reenactors and museums. Kilgore is a member of the Whiskey Rebellion Festival Committee where he is responsible for helping plan the historical street theatre and reenactments.
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.
Programs Vice President Nancy Pienkosky announced that Phyllis Copenhaver and Jamie Copenhaver-Cribbs would be doing the April program on “Operation Deep Freeze” and more details would be in the April newsletter. Nancy also said that she would welcome suggestions for future programs. She can be reached at 724 947 4743.
PLANT SALE A Plant Sale will be again on Mother’s Day weekend. The dates are Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13. You are welcome to grow plants to donate to the sale.
YARD SALE The Historical Society will have its annual Yard Sale on Friday and Saturday, July 21st and July 22nd. This will be the weekend after its monthly meeting on July 15th, and we encourage you to come to the meeting and after the meeting bring your donations.
RADA SALES The Board voted to continue selling Rada products for another year.
PENOWA BOOK Dorothy Muzopappa said that she still has Penowa books available to sell. This book was written by Frank Muzopappa and is a great historical book about Penowa.
“BAKELESS” BAKE SALE The Board voted to not have a bake sale this year at Walmart, but instead have a “Bakeless” Bake Sale, which means you are welcome to donate money instead of baking anytime just mark your check for the Bakeless Bake Sale.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY APOLOGY The Historical Society apologizes for its many fundraisers and wishes to explain the expenses that it has. It doesn’t like to always be asking for money, but thought it would be helpful to tell you where it spends its money so we have compiled the following list of expenses for your review and information:
Liberty Mutual Insurance--------------1122.68/year
West Penn Power-----------------------729.22/yr.
PA American Water--------------------219.63/year
SSA - Two security systems-----------838.80/yr.
Ohio Valley Septic – port-a-jon-------636.40/yr.
Guest speakers---------------------------200 to 250/yr.
Refreshments at meetings & services—312.91/yr.
Office supplies & photocopying--------401.24/yr.
PO Box rental & Postage-----------------511.65/yr.
Upkeep Memorial Site--------------------307.21/yr.
Landscaping around Memorial----------Varies by year.
Building maintenance White Church & Museum—401.14
The Historical Society has two big projects for which it needs to raise money. The one is to buy a new storage building to store the many items still in Heritage Hall (goal of $8,000). The second one is to raise the money to have Heritage Hall torn down (goal of $7,000). If you have any questions, please call Jean Baltich 1 304 748 6376 or Dave Choman 724 947 2116.
More Young People Involved Our goal is to get more young people involved in our Historical Society. We are certainly open to any suggestions you might have as to how to accomplish this. Our President is Jean Baltich and she wants to hear from you. Call Jean at 1 304 748 6376.
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!
Read more about upcoming events and fundraisers... Read More
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....
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.