Ken has been with the JCHC since 2008 and serves as the volunteer Executive Director.  He is also a Field Associate with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and is well known for his field work in archaeology here in western Pennsylvania. 

Carole Briggs

The History Center can provide your group or organization with a specialized program at your location or ours on a variety of interesting topics or guided museum tours relating to the history of Jefferson County and surrounding areas.  For a complete list of speakers and available programs, contact Ken or Kat at

814-849-0077.  Please make speaker arrangements at least 4 - 6 weeks in advance.

Ken Burkett


Carole is a retired teacher with the Brookville Area School District.  She  has been involved with the JCHC since 1989 as the past Executive Director, Curator and Volunteer helping manage the collections, writing publications and creating numerous award winning exhibits.  

American Revolution/ Mayflower Connection?

                                                         Presented by - Kathy Myers

At this time there are about 30 million Americans who can trace their ancestry to a Mayflower  passenger. Are you descended from one of the Pilgrims who landed in 1620? Kathy Myers, a member of JCHS, member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD), and Governor of the Winslow Heritage Society presents a program on the 2020 celebrations taking place next year to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. The program includes facts about the Pilgrims and shares resources available to prove a Mayflower lineage, including a new initiative by the GSMD, "Patriot to Passenger", a compilation of Revolutionary War Patriots with links to the Pilgrims.

A Ridgway native, Myers is a descendant of some of Jefferson County's earliest settlers, Carpenter  and Elizabeth Colburn Winslow, who, along with their extended family, arrived in Gaskill Township outside of Punxsutawney in 1818.