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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

All Meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of every month unless cancelled.

History of Quilts
Saturday, July 16, 2022

The July meeting of the Jefferson Township Historical Society will be on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 10:00 am in the White Church building located in Eldersville on Fire Road across from the fire hall.  GPS address is 11 Fire Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

The focus of our July meeting will be on the history of quilts. One of the priceless treasurers in our Museum is an autograph quilt top hand stitched by the young ladies that spent their summer at the Kidd’s Mill boarding house in Jefferson Township, Washington County, PA. The dates of July and August, 1904 are stitched on the quilt. On one of the signature blocks is stitched the name of Isabell Steele. Enclosed is a photo of her signature on the quilt top and the other names stitched on the quilt. She was the mother of Merle Thorley, a familiar name in Eldersville. Merle passed away on Christmas Day 1992. Sometime after his passing, this quilt top was given to the Jefferson Township Historical Society by Shirley Smith. This quilt top will be on display at the meeting on July 16. What a keepsake we have been given to preserve in our Museum. Please attend the meeting and see this quilt.

Peg and Thurman Yost are long time members of the Historical Society and have moved to Pearisburg, VA. Peg has informed us of a quilt they have that was quilted by Thurman’s sister, Lava. Thurman cross stitched Williamsburg buildings onto the quilt.  The quilt is 106 x 88. This quilt is in the Washington County Historical Society registry.

Years ago, no one went to a store to buy blankets, etc. They also didn’t have central heating but a wood stove so it was cold at night. The quilts were mostly made from scraps of material left over from making clothes. Some women were very creative with their designs.

Another custom was for mothers to make several quilts for each of her children to have when they left home to start life as adults. A variation of this custom continues to this day as quilters continue to make heirloom quilts for their children or grandchildren.

Do you have a precious heirloom quilt in your family? Will you share its history with us? Do you remember your grandmother or mother quilting? Many churches had ladies that would gather once a week to do quilting at the church. It is a lost art today, replaced by machines, but we can cherish the memories of the days when our grandmothers or mothers quilted.

We hope to see you at the meeting where there will be refreshments and social time.

CLEANING THE VETERANS MEMORIAL Thank you to all that contributed to our fundraiser for having the Veterans Memorial cleaned. We are pleased to have received a total of $800 in donations. This reduces the amount needed for cleaning the Memorial to $1,600. If you care to contribute, please make your check payable to Jefferson Township Historical Society and mail to Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021. Please mark in the memo line that it is for the cleaning of the Memorial.

THANK YOU Thanks to member Ken Boswell for purchasing blinds for the Museum

COVERING THE BLUE Diane has continued to crochet lap blankets for wounded officers. To date they have mailed 1607 blankets. You can read more about Covering the Blue on its website Diane is Diane Baughman on the website. If you have questions, please call Diane at 724 947 9782 or email

SINCERE CONDOLENCES The Historical Society is saddened to report the death of its long time faithful member Donnie Grey. Donnie M. Grey, 90, of Burgettstown, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in the home where he was born. He was born July 17, 1931, in Burgettstown, a son of the late Cecil N. and Frances Valjean Gardner Grey. Donnie will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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It is with immense sadness that the Jefferson Township Historical Society announces the unexpected passing on December 11, 2021 of its Treasurer Frank Malardie. Honoring Frank’s wishes, there was no published obituary and no viewing. There will be a Memorial Service later at the White Church. In honoring the memory of Frank, memorial donations may be given to the Jefferson Township Historical Society, Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

We will always remember Frank for all the work he did on the Jefferson Township Veterans Monument. Frank was a behind the scenes worker. Frank typed all the names of the veterans for engraving that are now on the Monument in granite. Frank loved history and he is the one that typed all the history information for engraving on pavers surrounding the Monument. Frank spent countless number of hours typing information for on the Monument. His dedication will be remembered for years to come.

We want to keep Frank’s spirit alive by remembering all the good he did for the Historical Society. On the book shelves in the White Church there are two four inch binders filled with photos of veterans whose names are on the Monument. Frank has taken each photo and improved it before placing the photo in the binder. These binders are available to be looked at in the White Church. He has left us with many memories to cherish forever.

Frank loved to work on his computer and did an outstanding job of making signs, designing a membership form, and adding borders to otherwise plain pages, etc. He was good at doing Excel spreadsheets and keeping an accurate record of the membership list. He did an excellent job as Treasurer.

Frank left footprints on all our hearts, and he will be greatly missed.


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Jefferson Township Historical Society 2019 Officers and Directors

Diane Huggins - Acting President & Vice President
Peggy Strain - Secretary
Diane Huggins - Treasurer
Dave Choman & Jean Baltich - Director
Debbie Vraninin - Historian

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