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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 AUGUST meeting of the Jefferson Township Historical Society will be on SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 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.

Debbie Vraninin, President of the Fort Vance Historical Society will be the speaker for our August meeting.  History is ongoing and Debbie Vraninin excels at “Preserving History”.  She will talk to us about how she preserves her family history.  Her talk will be directed to how you can preserve history when you are not computer oriented.  She will share with you a scrap book/photo album that she has put together.  She invites you to bring with you an album you have put together of your family history.  She will encourage you to use archival safe binders, adhesive squares that are archival safe for attaching your pictures.  There are photo pens available at Michaels and other stores for writing on the back of photos.  If you use black pages, you can get white pens for writing on the pages.  She will encourage you to hand write identifications on the pages.  Handwriting is important and will be remembered for generations to come.  It is sad to note that handwriting is no longer being taught in the schools.  If there is interest, we could plan to have a workshop to help you organize and preserve your family history.  We hope you will attend the meeting on August 17th to get you thinking about preserving your family history.

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

911 SERVICE on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm Please note that there has been an important change in the date of our annual 911 Service.  In the past we have always had the 911 Service on the date of September 11.  This year we will have the 911 Service on Sunday, September 8 at 2:00 pm at the Memorial Site on Cedar Grove Road in Eldersville.  This year air traffic controllers will be featured and the therapy dogs will be back.  If it rains, the 911 Service will be held in the White Church where there will be refreshments. 

PROVIDING HISTORY INFORMATION Looking at our By-Laws, the purpose of the Jefferson Township Historical Society shall be to bring together those people interested in history, and especially in the history of Jefferson Township and surrounding areas.  The land in Jefferson Township upon which Eldersville is built was originally owned by Thomas and Sarah Ward.  Eldersville was formerly called Wardsville.  Enclosed are two pages of historical dates and facts about Eldersville.  We are history minded people and invite you to attend our meetings.

SAVE THE DATE – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2019 at noon. In appreciation of your support throughout the year, we want to have dinner with you. We are planning to have our 2019 Christmas Dinner Meeting at Walden’s Restaurant in Burgettstown on Saturday, December 7, 2019. It will be a buffet style dinner in vintage surroundings at 1709 Main Street.  We will have hors d’oeuvres at noon and dinner at 1:00 p.m.  Music will be provided by Kathy Billie. A letter and reservation form will be mailed later.

COVERING THE BLUE Community Day was held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Paris Presbyterian Church where First Responders and Firefighters were recognized and honored.  A highlight of the day was when a Life Flight Helicopter landed perfectly in the parking lot of the Church. Diane Huggins had a table there and talked to many people about Covering the Blue.  They have mailed out over 709 lap blankets to wounded officers. Peggy Strain was there to help Diane and invite people to attend meetings of the Jefferson Township Historical Society. If you care to send a donation to Covering the Blue, please make your check payable to Covering the Blue/JTHS and mail to Jefferson Township Historical Society, Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

THE 5TH ANNUAL AVELLA HISTORY FAIR will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Avella Volunteer Fire Department on Route 50 in Avella, PA.  The A.D. White Research Society sponsors this event which was organized for many years by writer and historian Kathryn Slasor, who now lives in Florida. Wil White has sent an email announcement of this event to Peggy Strain.  Space is available for interested organizations like the Historical Society to have a display table.  Peggy Strain and Janice Bell represented the Jefferson Township Historical Society last year at a table.  Help is needed if we are going to have a table this year.  We have many binders in the White Church that could be taken to display. Plus, you can talk to people and tell them about the Historical Society.  Please let us know if you are interested in sitting at a table.  Contact Peggy Strain 724 947 9015 if interested.

OFFICERS and DIRECTORS No one likes to hear this, but our officers and directors are tired and have been in the same positions for years. In looking at our By-Laws, it is time for the nominating committee to come up with a slate of officers to be installed at the December meeting.  All the officers have stayed on the job for many years.  If you care to replace any of them, now is the time to speak up.   If you get a call asking you to accept a position, please consider doing so.   It is always good to have some fresh ideas. 


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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