Programs

You can view the most recent program HERE for 72 hours after the presentation.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024
7:00 P.M.
Community Rooms of Jefferson Hills Municipal Bldg.

Route 66
presented by Dick Gaetano


How would you like to go back in time to take a journey down the famed Route 66? Not familiar with this historic highway, you say?  Established in 1926, Route 66 is one of the country’s most famous highways. Traveling from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California, it covers over 2,400 miles. The route was used by many who migrated west during the 1900s and has been popularized in songs, TV series, and even the Faulkner novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Curious to learn more about this famous thoroughfare? Come to hear Dick Gaetano’s engaging stories about this fascinating piece of America’s past at his presentation in March. It will not disappoint.

 

Note: Election of three new WJHHS Board members will precede the program.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
7:00 P.M.
Community Rooms of Jefferson Hills Municipal Bldg.

Antique Discovery Day
with appraisals by Judy Stadler of J.D. Llama Appraisal 


Have a vintage or antique piece that you are itching to have appraised? The WJHHS Antique Discovery Day with appraisals given by Judy Stadler may just be the ticket for you. WJHHS Members are invited to bring one or two items for appraisal; non-members may bring one item for appraisal. To have the value of an item assessed, one must register on the WJHHS sign-up list which will be available at the society meetings on February 24, 2024 and March 27, 2024, at the Jefferson Hills Library, or by contacting the historical society at wjhhs15025@gmail.com. For more detailed information of an item, please sign up early, provide a description of the item, and/or include a photograph. To send a photograph, use the historical society e-mail address, wjhhs15025@gmail.com.


Wednesday, May 22, 2024
7:00 P.M.
Community Rooms of Jefferson Hills Municipal Bldg.

Then and Now
presentation led by Keith Pancoast


The West Jefferson Hills area has undergone a tremendous transformation over the past century. Farmsteads, log cabins, mom-and-pop stores, and one-room schoolhouses have been replaced by housing developments, shopping centers, and commercial areas. If curious about the sights and landmarks of the area’s past, come to the May WJHHS program “Now and Then” directed by WJHHS Vice President Keith Pancoast. Attendees can view WJHHS Archive photographs of area buildings and sights which once stood here. Today these structures are either hidden in plain sight or have been replaced by something else entirely.  Attendees are encouraged to contribute to the discussion by sharing their memories of what used to be here.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024
7:00 P.M.
Community Rooms of Jefferson Hills Municipal Bldg.

Monongahela Indian Village
Consol Site Excavation
presented by Bob Oshnock, Jim Barno, and Scott Benack 


Long before Europeans settled in Western Pennsylvania, Native Americans had already been residing here for centuries. Though long gone from the area today, these natives left behind many traces of their existence which archaeologists have uncovered. One nearby dig, led by archeologist Bob Oshnock, was that of Consol Site 36Wm100. Lasting for 16 years, the excavation consisted of two late prehistoric Monongahela Circular Villages located on a high hilltop above the Youghiogheny River in Sewickley Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The first village dated to about 1300 AD and the second to about 1450 AD. Curious about the story of these local Native Americans? Then attend this fascinating free “Monongahela Indian Village” program presented by Bob Oshnock, Jim Barno, and Scott Benack to find out more about the first people who lived here.