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Purpose

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

“HISTORY of LOCAL AREA CHURCHES”

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019

The APRIL meeting of the Jefferson Township Historical Society will be on Saturday, APRIL 13, 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.

Our area is rich in local historic churches.  Many of our churches were started back in the 1700’s and 1800’s and were first log buildings, then stone, and the final churches as we know them today were brick.  Churches had beautiful stain glass windows with curved tops to the windows and churches all had bell towers. Most of the churches had cemeteries with ornate tombstones.  Among the churches discussed will be the following:

  • Bethel Church and Cemetery – A stone church was constructed and completed in 1832.The frame church at Bethel burned in 1909. Although vacant today, it is a brick church that remains.
  • Eldersville Methodist Church and Cemetery – In 1829 a group known as the Methodist Protestant group built a church.
  • Tucker Methodist Church – The congregation of Tucker Methodist Church dates back to a time from before the Revolutionary War.  Although the building itself was not built until the year 1824, Methodist meetings were held regularly for nearly forty years prior to the construction of the house of worship.
  • Paris Presbyterian Church – First known as Three Springs Church, the first building was of log building that was built in 1790.
  • Westminster Church, Burgettstown – In the year 1845 a Presbyterian church was erected in the village of Burgettstown.
  • Hillcrest Church, Burgettstown – In 1845 a Presbyterian Church was built.  One Sunday afternoon in 1897, the untimely ringing of the church bell summoned townspeople to fight a fire which threatened to demolish the entire church.
  • Langeloth Presbyterian Church – The Langeloth Church has celebrated its 100 years of service to the Lord.
  • Cross Creek Presbyterian Church and Cemetery – Cross Creek Church (brick) was organized in June 1779 by Dr. John McMillan.
  • Raccoon Presbyterian Church (brick) dates from Dr. John McMillan’s first visit to the Raccoon Creek settlement in 1778.

 

Thanks to the Fort Vance Historical Society for providing pictures and history of these area churches.  For more information visit web site www.fortvance.org.

Can you add to the history of these churches - or share the history of another church? Come to our meeting on Saturday, April 13 at 10:00 am. Refreshments will be available.

LOOKING AHEAD The program for our May meeting will be Influenza 1918.  This program had been scheduled for January 2019 but had to be cancelled because of inclement weather.  We are offering this program again in May.  Christ Sedlak will present the program.  A special treat for this program will be an authentic 1918 lunch of Macaroni Soup home-made directly from the 1916 US Army Cooks Manual.  We have heard it is DELICIOUS!  Please plan to join us on Saturday, May 18.

BAKELESS BAKE SALE during April Thank you to all who have contributed to the Bakeless Bake Sale.  It is coming along very nicely.  If you have not contributed and care to do so, we will be accepting donations for this fundraiser during the month of April. Please make checks payable to Jefferson Township Historical Society and write “Bakeless Bake Sale” in the memo space.  Mail checks to Jefferson Township Historical Society, Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

MUSEUM OPENED We will have the Museum opened following the meeting.  You will see many items donated by families in the past.  You may think of something you would like to donate to our Museum.  Donations are always welcome.  Contact Peggy Strain 724 947 9015 if you have something to donate.

YARD SALE JUNE 7 & 8 Start cleaning out now.  Back by request is that the Historical Society once again has a Yard Sale. We will accept all your household goods clean and in good condition except no clothing, shoes or books.  The dates for the Yard Sale are Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8. We will be accepting your items at the White Church after our meeting on Saturday, May 18.  If you need items picked up, please call Dave Choman 724 947 2116.

COVERING THE BLUE Diane Baughman Huggins has reported that Covering the Blue is supplying Wounded Police Officers and Correction Officers with crochet lap blankets nationwide. Donations are always needed for yarn and money for mailing the covers.  Please visit its website.  Address is www.coveringtheblue.com. If you donate, please send your check payable to JTHS Covering the Blue, and mail to JTHS Covering the Blue, Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021.  You will find Diane on Facebook as Diane Baughman. If you have questions, please call Diane at 724 947 9782 or email dhuggins2@verizon.net.


QUESTIONS

If you have any questions, please call our President Jean Baltich 1-304-748-6376.

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Jefferson Township Historical Society 2019 Officers and Directors

Jean L. Baltich - President
Nancy Pienkosky - Vice President
Peggy Strain - Secretary
Frank Malardie - Treasurer
Dave Choman - Director
Dorothy Muzopappa - Director
John Ratkovitch- Interium Historian
Diane Baughman Huggins - Covering the Blue

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