Jefferson County Historical Society Launches 2020 Annual Appeal

BROOKVILLE, Pa. – The Jefferson County Historical Society (JCHS) is asking for public support to continue preserving history and making it available in the local community.

According to a release from JCHS Executive Director Ken Burkett, since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the society’s goals have been to ensure the safety of their board, staff, volunteers, and now their visitors, since they have recently been able to safely reopen.

With the forfeit of income from canceled events, lost museum admissions, and gift shop sales from March 6 to September 8, surviving this shut-down has been daunting for the organization.

Burkett noted JCHS was fortunate enough to receive a Cultural & Museum COVID grant for lost revenue to partially cover their losses for the first half of this year.

He also reported the JCHS Board of Directors and staff have reacted to meet current needs by being skillful and strategic, instituting intense expense management and making some difficult decisions.

However, according to Burkett, this year they must rely all the more on their Annual Giving Campaign to be able to continue the JCHS mission of preserving and making available their award-winning exhibits and events that bridge the distant and recent past to the present in so many ways.

“Now more than ever we need the community’s help,” Burkett stated in the release.

According to Burkett, a tax-deductible gift to the 2020 Annual Giving is the easiest and most helpful way you can help support the Museum. Your unrestricted gift in any amount will provide day-to-day operational support and enhance our development of new exhibits and programming.

Donations may be made by check, or online by credit card or PayPal at

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