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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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“A simple request of Jack:
join the Airmen of World War II”


The JUNE meeting of the Jefferson Township Historical Society will be on Saturday, JUNE 15, 2019 at 10:00 am in the White Church building located in Eldersville on Fire Road across from the fire hall. GPS address is 12 Fire Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

The June program will be presented by Michael Zianni, son of Sgt. Jack Zianni. His talk will be about his father, Sgt. Jack Zianni and Jack’s service during World War II in Europe. The story will start with basic training in the US followed by his journey to England. The remainder of the story will be about Jack’s time at Wattisham Air Force Base in the 8th Air Force during the war. There will be personal stories about Jack, stories about other soldiers in his Fighter Group, and information about the fighter airplanes he repaired including the P38 Lightning and the P51 Mustang.

The enclosed photo and write up about Sgt. Jack Zianni is taken from our Veterans Book which is always available for you to look at while at the White Church.

For your information, Jack Zianni is the late husband of Historical Society member Barbara Zianni.

MUSEUM OPENED The Museum will be opened following the meeting. This is your opportunity to see what is in our Museum.

THANKS TO ALL who attended the Memorial Day Service. Our monument is looking very nice and we are pleased with the number of people who keep coming back to look at all the names on the monument. If you have not done so, we invite you to come and look.

THANKS TO ALL who supported us with donations for the Yard Sale and purchasing items.

Zianni, Jack Mario
Jack Mario

Jack was born March 26, 1924 in Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the Army-Air Force April 2, 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He trained at Santa Maria, California and received advanced training in Miami, Florida. He was assigned to be an Air Gunner on a bomber, but was switched to mechanic instead when it was discovered his eye sight was too bad. Subsequent fighter maintenance training was in Lincoln, Nebraska. From December, 1943 till April, 1944 he trained with the new 479th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force in Oxnard, California. Jack served at Wattisham Air Base in England from April 1944 to June, 1945 repairing P38 Lightning and P51 Mustangs for daily bomber protection and ground assault operations. In June he was transferred to the 56th Fighter Group to repair the P47 Thunderbolt, and was honorably discharged in December, 1945. He passed away December 11, 2008 in Aspinwall, and was cremated.

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 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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