May 20, 2023 Blog

The Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation is honored and deeply grateful to have received a significant bequest from the estate of the late Jane Rissler. She was a dear friend of board member Delores Jackson Foster and an advocate for local African American history. Her generous contribution will significantly bolster our efforts in preserving First Zion Baptist Church and promoting the rich historical heritage of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar.

Jane Rissler, who had early roots in Jefferson County, was a passionate history enthusiast and, in retirement, became the director of the Jefferson County Museum in Charles Town. In 2021, the Jefferson County NAACP and the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society honored Jane and recognized her work in the museum including making changes to more accurately reflect the diverse people of the county and their contributions to its history.

The Foundation extends its deepest gratitude to Jane Rissler for her remarkable bequest and we hope to continue Jane’s unwavering commitment to preserving and celebrating our rich history.

We invite individuals, organizations, and supporters of our mission to join us in celebrating this milestone and to also consider following Jane’s example and helping us with this noble endeavor. By including the Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation in your will, you become an integral part of our ongoing efforts to protect and celebrate the unique history of our beloved towns.

We understand that the decision to include a charitable organization in your will is deeply personal and should be made in consultation with your legal and financial advisors. If you are interested in learning more about the process of leaving a bequest to the Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation, we encourage you to reach out to us at Our board will be delighted to provide further information and assist you in exploring the various ways you can make a meaningful impact through your estate planning.

Written by Rachel Meyer