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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 held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 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 11 Fire Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

Guest speaker Clay Kilgore will be returning to do our August program. In March of this year, Clay talked about "Madonna of the Trail: More than just a Memorial to Pioneer Mothers." This time Clay will be talking about the "Underground Railroad".

Clay Kilgore is the Executive Director of the Washington County Historical Society. Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director in 2012, Kilgore served as the Society's Curator for 8 years. Kilgore has also served as Historical Director at the David Bradford House and as a blacksmith at Meadowcroft. In addition, he runs a blacksmithing business, Old Plank Force, creating historical reproductions for reenactors and museums. Kilgore is a member of the Whiskey Rebellion Festival Committee where he is responsible for helping plan the historical street theatre and reenactments.

You do not have to be a member of the Society to attend any of our meetings. We welcome everyone, all ages. Please come and enjoy a good program, fellowship and refreshments.

September 11th Service: Diane Huggins who is planning the September 11th service said that there would be iron workers and therapy dogs at the service. The service will be held on Sunday, September lOth at 2:00 at the Memorial Site or in the White Church if it rains.

September 16th program: Bill Kerekes will be our guest speaker for our September meeting. He will be talking about how he rebuilt the Phillis Log House and made it into his home. He thought it would be exciting to enter the next millennium living in a house that is more than 200 years old. In 1995, Kerekes bought the former Phillis farm log house that used to be in Cherry Valley. He  immediately tore it down - log by log - with a crane and dump  truck, numbering each piece with a metal tag and moved it to his property in Bulger. He has many stories to share of what he went throush in rebuilding the Phillis Log House. You will not want to miss this interesting meeting. (see pictures in newsletter linked below)

Saturday October 14, 2017: Our fall field trip will be a tour of the log home rebuilt by Bill Kerekes for his future home. It will be interesting to hear Bill speak at our September meeting and then tour his log home in October. We can car pool from the White Church. The address is 47 Verner Avenue, Bulger, PA 15019. The time will be 1 PM-3PM. Admission is free. Light refreshments served. RSVP/Questions-Call 724 947 5441.

Saturday, October 21, 2017: This will be our regular monthly program and our guest speaker will be Chris Sedlak.

Frank Chorba He attended our July meeting and joined the Historical Society. He spoke about his interest in the history of Follansbee. He is the author of Follansbee Time Line. He lives in Overland Park, Kansas. He has given us his email address and wants contacted if you happen to have old photos of Follansbee. Is there anyone who has historical pictures of Follansbee? If so, please contact our Secretary, Peggy Strain, 724 947 9015 or and she will get in touch with Frank Chorba. Do you have old photos or an historical passion that you care to share with the Society?

Christmas in the Village: The dates are November 3, 4, and 5. The crafter applications have been mailed and a few have responded. If you are interested in helping or want your own craft table, please call Jean Baltich 1 304 748 6376

Plans are to have a Christmas Party: Several places have been suggested, and the date will be16 December 9 .

Thank you for the donation! The Jefferson Township Historical Society has received a donation in memory of Ben Strain from Blaine Sayre.

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News & Events

2017 CHRISTMAS in the VILLAGE Information coming soon!
The dates are November 3, 4, and 5, 2017.

Jefferson Township Historical Society 2016 Officers and Directors

Jean Baltich, President
Nancy Pienkosky, Vice President
Peggy Yost, Secretary
Frank Malardie, Treasurer
Dave Choman and Dorothy Muzopappa, members of the Board

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