Community Initiative Award

The Jefferson County Historical Society is proud to announce we are the 2018 recipient of a Community Initiative Award from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), a  division of the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission. The award will be presented at SHPO’s Historic Preservation Awards Event at the State Museum in Harrisburg on September 27th, 2018.

JCHC is one of only three recipients to receive the award this year, The award is        presented to organizations whose work embodies “# PreservationHappensHere.” This plan focuses on identifying and creating preservation outcomes in PA.  One way SHPO implements this plan is through the Community Initiative Awards. The Historic Preservation Awards honor individuals and organizations that exhibit excellence in the field   of historic preservation. 

“Community Connections: Planning for Preservation in Pennsylvania” is the theme for Pennsylvania’s Statewide Historic Preservation Plan, 2018–2023. This document lays out a five-year plan for action and collaboration to reframe the historic preservation conversation in Pennsylvania.

JCHC was selected for their archaeology–related outreach, education, and volunteerism in our local and regional community. JCHC has long partnered with North Fork Chapter 29, Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology (SPA), on our exhibits, preservation of archaeology sites in the Allegheny National Forest and, more recently, at Scripture Rocks Heritage Park.

Ken Burkett, as our Executive Director and as North Fork Chapter 29 President, will accept the award at the event in September. JCHS thanks Brian Fritz, Quemahoning, LLC and member of North Fork Chapter 29, for nominating JCHS.

The PA SHPO establishes guidelines for archaeological investigations in Pennsylvania and reviews and evaluates  archaeological survey reports and their recommendations.

New Historical Marker for Jefferson County

William J. McKnight State Historic Marker Dedication
JCHS will host the dedication of a new state historical marker

installation on Friday, October 12th, at 5:30 pm in front of the

Courthouse Grille and Pub on Main Street. The JCHS Annual

Membership Dinner and Meeting will follow at the same location.

Dignitaries from the state and county will be on hand for the

dedication and everyone is invited to attend.

This marker is the 12th state marker installed in Jefferson County

by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, which

administers a program of  historical markers to capture the

memory of people, places, events, and innovations that have

  affected the lives of Pennsylvanians over the centuries.

This new marker was purchased through private donations.













New Awnings

New awnings recently added to the front of the façade of the History Center aid in protecting the windows from intruding rain and protecting exhibits from damaging sun rays.

The writer of the application for the marker is Austin Fields, our long-time BAHS student— and now graduate — volunteer at the History Center. It took three attempts to obtain the approval of this marker, but Austin persevered with the encouragement of Carole Briggs and staff.