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Welcome to Jefferson Township Historical Society

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. Read More about JTHS

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We will be holding a 9/11 Memorial Service, this year and we will honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, those who lost their battle from 9/11 illnesses. We will be praying for those who continue to battle 9/11 related illnesses. We will be honoring Iron workers this year for their dedicated work at ground zero. We are honored once again to welcome back Animal Friends Therapy dogs they will be present to go through out the audience. We are honored to have Senator Camera Bartolotta joining us and speaking. We are also honored to welcome Jim McDonough Iron worker who will also be speaking to us.  More will be added as we get confirmation. We are hoping for many Iron workers to join us. We would love them to participate in the raising and lowering our flag to half staff. May we NEVER FORGET!




The October meeting of the Jefferson Township Historical Society will be held on Saturday, October 21, 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 12 Fire Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021.


We have a Field Trip planned for this Saturday, October  14th. We are going to tour the log house that Bill Kerekes has rebuilt for his home.  Bill was our speaker for our September meeting so now we will get to see his log house.  We are hoping that you have put this on your calendar and plan to join us.  We will carpool from the White Church meeting at 12:00.  If you drive yourself the address is 47 Verner Avenue, Bulger, PA 15019 and it is suggested that you park on Verner Avenue. The Fort Vance Historical Society is presenting this “Saving History” tour of the log house.  The time for the tour is 1 PM – 3PM.  Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.  Since there are refreshments, it would be helpful if you let us know that you are coming.  You can RSVP by calling Peggy at 724 947 9015 or Debbie at 724 947 5441.


On Saturday, October 21, 2017 the program will be “OVER THERE! The US Doughboy in WWI and WWII – a Living History Presentation.”  Join living historian Chris Sedlak and Jim DeAngelis of the Iron City Guards as they commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the US entrance into WWI with a physical comparison to the other great war 20 years later.  See the uniform, weapons and soldier’s gear that was used at home and at the front.  The Great War was a devastating event world-wide and is often over looked today; but it still effects world events.

In many ways, the end of WWI predicted the beginning of WWII.  Join Jim DeAngelis as they discuss the uniform, weapons and equipment that were used just 20 years later by the “greatest generation.”  This presentation is given by seasoned living historians in highly researched uniforms with some original equipment on display.

We look forward to your presence with us.  You do not need to be a member to attend any of our interesting programs.  Everyone is always welcome.  There will be refreshments.
Christmas in the Village The dates are November 3, 4, and 5 and the time is daily 10:00 to 5:00. The theme this year is Candy Cane Christmas.  Plan to attend and you will be handed a candy cane.  If you can help in the White Church for Christmas in the Village, please contact Jean Baltich 1 304 748 6376.  John Ratkovitch has promised to have his famous green tomato relish for sale.

Museum – the Museum will be opened during Christmas in the Village but plans are being discussed to have the Museum opened more often at least one day a month.  We will open the Museum now by appointment.  If you are interested in seeing what is in our Museum, please contact Dave Choman 724 947 2116 or Peggy Strain 724 947 9015.

Christmas Party Saturday, December 16th – the date and place have been set for our December Christmas Party.  It will be on Saturday, December 16th at noon for hors d’oeuvres and at 1:00 for dinner. The cost of the dinner will be $15.00 per person.  What is different this year?  Our Christmas Party will be held at the Slovan VFW.  It is just a block off Route 18 in Slovan and it is on ground level, no steps.  Please mark your calendars now and plan to come. 

Books on Penowa Dorothy Muzopappa has books on Penowa to sell.  They are $20 a book and Frank Muzopappa who wrote the book gives half the money he gets back to the Society.  Help us out and buy a book.  Any questions, call Dorothy at 1 304 748 2503.  She would love to hear from you.  There will be books at Christmas in the Village.

Fundraiser The only fundraiser we have right now is sales from the RADA catalogue.  Please see Jean Baltich if you are interested in seeing a catalogue.  We would welcome more ideas for fundraisers.


Jefferson Township Map - circa 1932
with locations of historical sites noted by Frank Muzopappa.
Click Here to Download a copy of the Map.

Information and Events

The Jefferson Township Historical Society meets at the White Church the third Saturday of every month at 10:00 am.
We will be providing information for the meetings each month. Christmas in the Village is the Historical Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year, look for 216 information soon!
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Buildings and Monuments

~ Veterans Memorial

It was February 2004 when the Board members of the Jefferson Township Historical Society had a vision for a Veterans Memorial in Eldersville. They owned property where a Memorial could be built. There was a Jefferson Township Honor Roll in front of the former Eldersville Grade School.... Read More

~ The White Church

The White Church is uniquely located in a tri-state area attracting visitors from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. It has been awarded historic landmark designations by the Washington County History and Landmark Foundation for The White Church, built in 1844 and Heritage Hall, built 1876. The White Church Building is a useful site for community events and its monthly meetings and Heritage Hall houses its museum.... Read More

~ Heritage Hall

Heritage Hall is located at 493 Eldersville Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021. In 2012 the Washington County History and Landmarks Foundation awarded Historic Landmark Designations for the Society’s two buildings: Heritage Hall and The White Church....
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A contribution of any size is welcome for this worthwhile and commendable White Church Preservation Project. You may mail your contribution to Jefferson Township Historical Society, White Church Project, Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021 or contact Frank Malardie, Treasurer at

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