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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 February meeting of the Jefferson Township Historical Society will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 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 12 Fire Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

If you were concerned because you could not get to the meeting on January 20, do not fret. You are getting a second opportunity to hear this fantastic guest speaker.  Because of the weather, we had to cancel our January meeting, and have moved our January program to our February program.

Please join us to hear our guest speaker, Tom Zielinsky.  He has a story dear to his heart to tell and hopes that you will be there.  He has written a book called “Rockyside, A Forgotten Mining Community”.  He began by writing a book about growing up in New Cumberland.  He saw a town slowly crumbling away and he wanted to capture what it was like growing up in the 1950s.  As he started his research he soon found that all his relatives, including his mother and father, were born on a little hillside community called Rockyside.  He remembers them talking about Rockyside but he knew very little, so that started him on his adventure that would take two years.

He has written “Rockyside” so people could realize this little mining community existed on a hillside overlooking the Ohio River for more than 50 years.  Nearly 300 men, women, and children lived on this hillside for more than 20 years before moving into the little town of New Cumberland.  In writing this book, Tom wanted to preserve a piece of forgotten history so future generations could remember the hardships and struggles.

During the time of his research, Tom realized that no one had taken the time to document anything about this community, not even a picture of what it looked like.  Using information from a variety of conversations and other information he found, he could create a computer image of what Rockyside once looked like.  Today there is nothing left except the broken walls of where a school once stood, and an earthen impression of where a church once stood.  Everything else has been covered over.

If you are a lover of history, you will find this book looks back to when clay was first discovered and follows 150 years of brick making and industry building in New Cumberland.  Tom’s feelings are this little town contributed so much to the world that he couldn’t let it fade away.  He said people need to fully understand what those contributions were and how it all began.  As always you do not need to be a member of the Historical Society to attend any of our meetings.  Social time follows our meetings with refreshments.

BIRTHDAY CARDS Our longtime faithful member, JACK DAVIS will be celebrating his 94th birthday on February 8.  Our goal is to surprise him with 100 birthday cards.  Can you help?  Please send cards to JACK DAVIS, SR., BOX 264, LANGELOTH, PA 15054.

Dr. Cyril Wecht A evening with Dr. Cyril Wecht will take place on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the LGI room of the Burgettstown Area High School.  There are tickets costing $10 available at the Burgettstown Community Library.  If you have any questions, please call the Library.  Phone number is 724 947 9780.  Or email the Director Kristin Frazier at  We hope that there will be a good representation of the Historical Society in attendance.

2018 Avella Business Expo Come to the 2018 Avella Business Expo to be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Independence Township Community Center, Avella, PA 15312.  Find out who is in the community and can help with your project – from quilting to plumbing.  There will be at least 47 businesses with table displays. There are as many vendors as they could accommodate.  Support your local businesses with your presence.

New Year – New Ideas With each new year we like to have positive thoughts of a good year.  You can always help us by sharing your thoughts for programs and fundraisers.  We are particularly interested in trying to find new ways of raising money.

Dues are Due The beginning of the year is when we need to remind you that dues are due.  Our annual dues are $15.00 for a single person and $20.00 for a family.  You can pay your dues at a meeting or mail a check made payable to Jefferson Township Historical Society, Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

Condolences Our sincere condolences to the family of Joan Loncaric Greenslate who passed away on January 16, 2018.

Our sincere condolences also to the family of Ron DiOrio who passed away on January 22, 2018.

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2018 CHRISTMAS in the VILLAGE Information coming soon!

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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