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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

Click Here to learn about the History of The Jefferson Township Historical Society!

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

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“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 www.coveringtheblue.com. 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 dhuggins2@verizon.net.



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 meetings have been cancelled until further notice. Christmas in the Village is the Historical Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year, look for information soon!
Read more about upcoming events and fundraisers... Read More


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 , 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....

Heritage Hall Update
Heritage Hall, Jefferson Township, was built in 1876 and purchased by the Historical Society in 1990. Over the past thirty years the Society has used the building for monthly meetings, to serve food during Christmas in the Village on the first floor and to house its Museum on the second floor. In 2012 Heritage Hall was awarded historic designation by the Washington County History & Landmarks. In 2014 there was a visual inspection of Heritage Hall by MR Structures, LLC with the recommendation of repairs needed that the Society could not afford. Heritage Hall is now down.

 

Contributions

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.

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