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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.

The Jefferson Township Historical Society (“JTHS”) is a non-profit organization with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revue Code and is located in the 46th District.

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General Information



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 10thwhen 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  14thOn 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.

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News & Events

2017 CHRISTMAS in the VILLAGE Information coming soon!
The dates are November 3, 4, and 5, 2017.

Jefferson Township Historical Society 2017 Officers and Directors

Jean L. Baltich - President
Nancy Pienkosky - Vice President
Peggy Strain - Secretary
Frank Malardie - Treasurer
Dave Choman - Director
Dorothy Muzopappa - Director

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