Programs

You can view the most recent program HERE for 7 days after the presentation.

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

Day-by-day with the 123rd PA Volunteers
presented by Christopher George 


About 160 years ago the United States found itself embroiled in a devastating Civil War. One might wonder what part area residents played in this war. In “Day by Day with the 123rd Pennsylvania Volunteers,” Christopher D. George will answer that question with his unique story of this regiment, which he learned while delving into his own family’s genealogy. The 123rd  PA Volunteers, composed almost entirely of young men from Allegheny County, was led into battle by a “fighting preacher” during some of the darkest days for the North. Mr. George will bring the story of the regiment’s soldiers to life by sharing the thoughts, feelings, and events they recorded in their journals as well as the extensive coverage the regiment received in Pittsburgh newspapers.

Wednesday, August 28, 2024
7:00 P.M.
Community Rooms of Jefferson Hills Municipal Bldg.

Uke-aholics Play  Music Through the Decades
Looking for an evening of historical fun and frivolity? The WJHHS August program, “The Ukeaholics Play Music through the Decades” certainly promises to fit the bill with an entertaining jaunt through musical history. The musical group formed in January 2016 when Peggy Krall sought others who shared her newfound passion—playing the ukulele. Placing an announcement in the Pleasant Hills Library newsletter led enthusiasts to join the group. The Ukeaholics play a variety of music, including vintage songs from various eras, many of which they will be performing at the August 28 WJHHS meeting. Attendees are encouraged to sing along with the familiar songs the group will be playing or just sit back and enjoy the vibe.


Wednesday, September 25, 2024
7:00 P.M.
Community Rooms of Jefferson Hills Municipal Bldg.

Drink a Little "Large"
presented by Dale Saller


The area of Jefferson Hills known as Large has had a fascinating history. From the time of the Whiskey Rebellion until today, Large, which was named after the family who first owned the area’s land patent, has been a site of business and industry. In his program “Drink a Little Large,” author and historian Dale Saller will relate intriguing stories of Large. Attendees will hear about the early settlers of Large; the Large Distillery and the Monongahela Rye Whiskey made there; the Large Hotel, its restaurant, and the celebrity guests who lodged there; the Large Coal Mine and its coal patch; and other engaging tales of this vibrant area of Jefferson Hills. Dale may even share an account of a mysterious Large Hotel ghost. 


Wednesday, October 30, 2024
7:00 P.M.
Community Rooms of Jefferson Hills Municipal Bldg.

History and Hijinx: The Handel House

presented by  Len Marraccini


With Halloween just around the corner, the WJHHS offers a properly spooky program with Len Marraccini’s program “History and Hijinx: The Handel House” in October. Anyone driving on Brownsville Road through South Park passed the very historical and somewhat notorious house widely known as the Handel House. The house was built in three stages with the original house constructed in the early 1780s before the Whiskey Rebellion. The house has had numerous owners over the course of time, each adding more to the history of the house. With such an old house it is not surprising that stories involving paranormal activities have also arisen. In his presentation Len will detail the Handel House history and discuss some of the strange happening that have occurred there.