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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 JUNE meeting of the Jefferson Township Historical Society will be held on Saturday, JUNE 16, 2018 at 10:00 am in the White Church building located in Eldersville on Fire Road across from the fire hall.  Type into your GPS, 12 Fire Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

Guest speaker for our June meeting will be A. Parker Burroughs.  He spent 45 years in the newspaper business before retirement, more than half of that time as chief editor of the Observer-Reporter in Washington, for which he still contributes historical articles. He is the author of two books, “Enter, With Torches: Recollections of a Grumpy Old Editor” and “Washington County Murder and Mayhem.” He was also the principal writer and editor of “200 Years: Our History Through the Pages of the Observer-Reporter.” He is married to the artist Alice Burroughs, and their children, Brody and Caitlyn, are accomplished artists, as well. Burroughs will talk about his most recent work published in the Observer-Reporter: “PAY or DIE: a STORY of the BLACK HAND.”  The seven-part serial described the crime wave that terrorized Washington County from 1906 through 1922.  As always, everyone is invited to this meeting.  You do not have to be a member to attend so bring your friends.  Refreshments will be available and social time follows the program.


Instead of a regular monthly meeting in July, the Historical Society will be participating in the Burgettstown Trails Festival to promote interest in history and hopefully recruit new members.  It will be an opportunity to embrace a theme of “Don’t be forgotten in history – Just get lost in it.”  It will have a few historical artifacts from its museum and will ask you to identify the items. Are you aware that the Jefferson Township Historical Society has a museum and is the owner of an historical building c.1844 known as the “White Church” in Eldersville? It also has a Memorial Site on Cedar Grove Road where there are ceremonies every Memorial Day, 911 and Veterans Day.  We encourage you to stop by the booth on Trails Festival Day and learn more about the Jefferson Township Historical Society.  If you have any questions, please contact Janice Bell at 724 947 3223.


Also at the Historical Society booth at the Trails Festival Day will be Diane Huggins introducing the group she has organized called “COVERING the BLUE” – Helping Wounded Police Officers and Correction Officers by crocheting Thin Blue Line Lap Covers.
This group is covering Wounded Police Officers and Correction Officers with Lap Blankets throughout the country.  This is made possible by using the internet. They are doing a great service with love and support and their efforts are greatly appreciated by the Officers and their families. They can use your help to crochet the Thin Line Lap Blankets or your monetary donation to help with the mailing of these blankets. If you would like to talk with Diane in person about the Lap Blankets or giving a donation, please come to the Burgettstown Trails Festival on July 21 or call her at 724 947 9782 or email  You will find her on Facebook as Diane Baughman. If you donate, please send your check to JTHS Covering the Blue, Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

MEMORIAL UPKEEP We are aware that our Memorial requires maintenance and we do our best to keep it as nice as we can.  We know that there are visitors that come to see their loved one’s name on the Memorial and to sit on the benches and have some quiet time.  What has been noticed recently is that a green mold is growing on the top of the Memorial and a black moss at the bottom.  To have the Memorial professionally cleaned would cost more than $500.  We are asking that if anyone cares to donate to the Memorial Fund for its upkeep can do so by mailing a check to JTHS, Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021.  Please mark on your check that it is for the Memorial.

YARD SALE Unfortunately the Yard Sale that had been planned for June 22 and June 23 has been cancelled due to the lack of enough people to help and several members being faced with health concerns.

THANKS to everyone who helped in any way to make the Plant Sale the success that it was.

THANKS to everyone who helped us to remember our Veterans who have died while serving our country at our Memorial Day Ceremony.  A special thanks to our guest speaker retired ex-Marine, Rick Oddi, and to our singer, Emma Gragan.  Thank you to Diane Huggins who does a wonderful job of planning these ceremonies.  The next one will be 911.


Premier Designs Jewelry Fundraising Campaign – JTHS member Jamie Copenhaver-Cribbs, Independent Consultant for Premier Designs Jewelry, is offering her services and expertise by way of running a Premier Designs Jewelry Fundraising Campaign.  More details will follow in the newsletter once the dates for the campaign have been established


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

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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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