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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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The January meeting of the Jefferson Township Historical Society will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:00 am in the White Church Building located in Eldersville on Fire Road across from the Jefferson Township Fire Hall. You can key into a GPS the address of 11 Fire Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

“Historical Sights in Alaska” as seen and enjoyed by Historical Society members Thurman and Peggy Yost will be presented by them at our January 21 st meeting at 10:00 am. Most of us do not get the opportunity to travel a distance from home, so this program will be bringing far away sights close to home for you. Thurman and Peggy went on a cruise to Alaska in July 2016 to celebrate their 60 th wedding anniversary. It was a seven- day cruise on the ship with several ports of call and then a three-day land trip. Alaska is very different from the lower 48 with many interesting, historical things to see. They will have photos and maps and will talk about what they saw and did. One of Peggy’s photos won a ribbon at the Christmas in the Village Photo Contest. Please plan to attend. Everyone is welcome. There will be refreshments.

NEW BOARD MEMBER A warm welcome is extended to JAMIE SMITH who is filling the position of Historian and replacing Judy Cooper who passed away September 11, 2106.

THANK YOU to Peggy Yost for being our Secretary for a year. She resigned as of December 31, 2016, and Peggy Strain as agreed to go back on the Board as Secretary.

DUES are DUE As each New Year begins we are reminded that our annual dues are due. The dues are $15.00 for a single membership and $20.00 for a family membership. You may pay our Treasurer Frank Malardie at a meeting, or mail your check made payable to the Jefferson Township Historical Society, Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

FEBRUARY PROGRAM JIM CROUSE, a former schoolteacher will be presenting a program on The Life of Abe Lincoln on Saturday, February 18. We have heard that he has started to grow his beard for the program.

Dates to mark on your 2017 calendar

Plant Sale The dates have been set for our annual Plant Sale. It will be again on Mother’s Day weekend. The dates are Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13. John Ratkovitch grows most of the plants sold. You are reminded that you, too, can grow plants for the Plant Sale. The more plants that we have the better the sale will be. It soon will be time to start the plants. Why not do your part and help in growing the plants for the sale.

Yard Sale The Yard Sale will be Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15. Yes, this date is in the middle of the summer but remember the White Church is now air conditioned.

Christmas in the Village Craft Festival The dates for the 30 th Christmas in the Village this year are November 3, 4, & 5. Please mark the dates on your calendar.

Penowa book for sale

Penowa book The book on Penowa by Frank Muzopappa can be purchased by contacting his sister-in- law Dorothy Muzopappa at 1 304 748 2503.

Sound System

The Historical Society needs a sound system for when it has services at the Memorial. Do you have one to give us or can you provide some guidance as to what system would be best and where we can purchase it.

In Sympathy

Sadly, the Historical Society expresses its condolences for the passing of two of its most cherished families.

Leo Wesley Martin, son of the late Gaylord and Helen Martin, of Eldersville passed away on December 1, 2016.

Marie Bigger, wife of the late Tom Bigger and sister of Frank Malardie, of Clinton passed away on January 6, 2017.

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Jefferson Township Map - circa 1932
with locations of historical sites noted by Frank Muzopappa.
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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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