History of the Venetia Heritage Society
In 1997 the Venetia Heritage Society was formed to preserve the Venetia Elementary School, built in 1926. It is a charitable organization with a Federal 501C)3 classification.* Note: We are in the process of applying for Federal 501c3 non-profit status as an independent group. When the VHS was first organized, it received such status under the aegis of another historical non-profit organization.
Two Peters Township businessmen, John Chapman and Victor Dosse, donated the initial funds to the society to facilitate the purchase of the old school. The VHS is deeply appreciative of the support of these two dedicated men who love their hometown. The school is now known as the Venetia Community Center.
THE VHS is an active organization that continue to conduct various fundraisers throughout the year to raise revenue to renovate and maintain the building. Fundraisers included golf outings, pancake breakfasts, rummage sales, flea markets, and paver sales. In addition, the society has been fortunate to receive several state grants that have greatly helped. A state grant of $35,000 provided a paved parking lot and a generous grant from Washington Federal Bank was used to renovate the kitchen. Donations have also contributed to the progress of enhancing the facility. The late Virginia VanVoorhis Lewis donated a beautiful Hammond organ, Eagle Scout Michael DuBois installed engraved brick pavers outside the building, and the Girls Scouts laid new tile in one of the old classrooms. Generous donations from the Peters Twp. Rotary Club have enabled the VHS to upgrade the kitchen and other aspects of the building. Peters Township continues to support us with driveway and lawn maintenance and through financial contributions.
The Venetia Community Center is providing a "home" for various non-profit groups in our community. The Area Agency on Aging and the Washington County Aging services use the community room on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month to serve lunch and to provide a special program to local senior citizens. The Girls Scouts have a classroom that they are using for meetings and special events. The Montour Model Railroad project, under the guidance of local DARE Officer Dave Stanton, is housed on the second floor in several rooms. Currently the PT Rowing Club is also housed at the Venetia Community Center.
A terrific group of hard-working individuals make the Venetia Heritage Society a special organization that has strong ties to the Peters Township community. The Board of Directors meets monthly and also participates in various events to ensure that the Venetia Community Center remains a viable landmark in Peters Township.
If you would like to become a member of the VHS and/or would like to make a donation, send photos, or provide information about the Venetia School/Venetia Community Center, please contact the Venetia Heritage Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the CONTACT US tab at top of the page.