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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

All Meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of every month unless cancelled.

“Winter’s Research Project”
Installation of Officers
Saturday, March 16, 2024

The first meeting in the new year of the Jefferson Township Historical Society will be on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 1:00 pm in the White Church building located in Eldersville on Fire Road across from the fire hall. GPS address is 11 Fire Road, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

Important. Please Note the time change of the meeting to 1:00 pm.

PROGRAM Andrew Donovan of Meadowcroft will be joining us again to present his “Winter’s Research Project.” He spent the lead-up to the holidays pouring through the original Cross Creek Archaeological Survey notes and has been tracking down an 18 th century needle in a haystack of 20 th century paperwork since the new year. Come learn what makes Andrew tick, why he does this to himself, and how he connects 50 years of Cross Creek archaeology to his recent deep dive into the papers of legendary historian, A.D. White.

INSTALLATION of OFFICERS Andrew Donovan will be installing two new officers going on the Board. Becca Prebeg is going on the Board as Vice President. Ken Boswell is going on the Board as a Director. Present Board members are President Diane Huggins, Secretary Peggy Strain, Historian Debbie Vraninin and Director Dave Choman. There will be refreshments and time for fellowship following the meeting. Bring a friend. You do not need to be a member to attend any of our meetings. MUSEUM The museum can be opened upon request following the meeting.

ANNUAL DUES are due The annual dues that are due now are $15.00 for single and $20 for family. Please complete the Membership Application when paying your dues. Checks should be made out to Jefferson Township Historical Society and can be paid at a meeting or mailed to our post office box. Address is Jefferson Township Historical Society, Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

COVERING the BLUE Diane Huggins and her committee have continued to crochet lap blankets for wounded police officers. The website is Diane is Diane Baughmen on the website. If you have questions about Covering the Blue or the Historical Society, please call Diane at 724 947 9782 or email

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It is with immense sadness that the Jefferson Township Historical Society announces the unexpected passing on December 11, 2021 of its Treasurer Frank Malardie. Honoring Frank’s wishes, there was no published obituary and no viewing. There will be a Memorial Service later at the White Church. In honoring the memory of Frank, memorial donations may be given to the Jefferson Township Historical Society, Box 383, Burgettstown, PA 15021.

We will always remember Frank for all the work he did on the Jefferson Township Veterans Monument. Frank was a behind the scenes worker. Frank typed all the names of the veterans for engraving that are now on the Monument in granite. Frank loved history and he is the one that typed all the history information for engraving on pavers surrounding the Monument. Frank spent countless number of hours typing information for on the Monument. His dedication will be remembered for years to come.

We want to keep Frank’s spirit alive by remembering all the good he did for the Historical Society. On the book shelves in the White Church there are two four inch binders filled with photos of veterans whose names are on the Monument. Frank has taken each photo and improved it before placing the photo in the binder. These binders are available to be looked at in the White Church. He has left us with many memories to cherish forever.

Frank loved to work on his computer and did an outstanding job of making signs, designing a membership form, and adding borders to otherwise plain pages, etc. He was good at doing Excel spreadsheets and keeping an accurate record of the membership list. He did an excellent job as Treasurer.

Frank left footprints on all our hearts, and he will be greatly missed.


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Jefferson Township Historical Society 2019 Officers and Directors

Diane Huggins - Acting President & Vice President
Peggy Strain - Secretary
Diane Huggins - Treasurer
Dave Choman & Jean Baltich - Director
Debbie Vraninin - Historian

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