2017 Speaker Series

April 3, 2017: Carol semple thompson



The great Carol Semple Thompson!  Carol is known as “The Queen of Golf!”


Although Carol was always on the Amateur Circuit, never turning “Pro,” she was the “World Golf Hall of Fame Recipient” in 2008 and she has been immortalized at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh for her incredible contributions to Women and Golf.


Carol comes from a very prominent golf family. Her father served as President of the United States Golf Association in 1974-75, and her mother was a very competitive golfer, too.  At age 16, Carol defeated her Mom at the finals of the Western Pennsylvanian Women’s Championship.  So, she’s been at the game for quite some time now!


In 2003, she received the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the U.S. Golf Association for distinguished sportsmanship.


In 2005, she was named the recipient of the First Lady of Golf Award.

She’s one of the FIRST 14 women ever admitted to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland, considered the home of golf!


She’s a lovely lady, very unassuming, and her brother is Harton Semple, Director of the Sewickley Valley Historical Society.


Read more about Carol here:











June 5, 2017: Robert Eckles


Ever wonder how Neville Island not far from us, got its name?


Come learn more about the island, the famed Nevillewood area of today and the WHISKEY REBELLION from long ago with Robert Eckles!


Robert will be talking about how the Whiskey Rebellion came about as a Tax Protest… An innocuous tax upon spirits distilled in the USA caused the Western Pennsylvania farmers to rebel!  It was Alexander Hamilton’s idea for raising money for the new Treasury Department!


John Neville, an American military officer having fought in the French & Indian Wars and the American Revolutionary War, was a central figure in the Whiskey Rebellion.  The land speculator and tax collector had been appointed by President George Washington.


Neville  owned two mansion near Pittsburgh, but the first one, on Bower Hill Road near Mt. Lebanon, was burned down in 1794 during the Whiskey Rebellion.  His second home, “Woodville,” still exists and is owned by the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation.  The home is registered on the National Historical Registry.


At a later date, we will also be featuring a Field Trip to the actual site, the home of American Revolutionary Brigadier General, John Neville.


Read more about the Whiskey Rebellion here:







August 7, 2017: Jeffrey snedden



Jeffrey Snedden from the Beaver County Times will be our speaker for this evening!  Many of you are already familiar with Jeffrey’s wonderful “Histories and Mysteries” weekly feature focusing on the history of Beaver County.


The Geneva College graduate, now living in Hopewell Township, has given over 50 popular presentations over the last 5 years in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

He has created over 40 video series on Beaver County called “History in a Minute.”


Jeffrey’s presentation will be a “Photo History of Beaver County” with over 350 historic photos, but special emphasis will be given to Moon Township, which at one time extended far further into what is Beaver County now at one time.


Join us for an evening of fun with the “Historical Writer and Head of the Intellectual Curiosity Department from Aliquippa, PA!”


It will be exciting to hear Jeffrey talk more about the J&L Steel Mills and the islands they purchased for recreational playgrounds for their employees.  THREE times the owners gave out free seeds to their workers for gardens to be planted.  In both World Wars, these were called VICTORY Gardens, but during the Depression, they were called LIBERTY Gardens!



Read more about Jeffrey here:




Jeffrey’s email: historiesandmysteries@yahoo.com



October 9, 2017: Robert Dunbar


Robert Dunbar, noted historian and very successful Financier from Sewickley,  will be talking to us about one of America’s most exciting personalities from the last century, General George Armstrong Custer! Your webmaster can hardly wait for this one as I was always so sorry to have missed when Rob was speaking in Sewickley!  I’m so grateful he will do his presentation again!


From the Sewickley Valley Historical Society “SIGNALS” newsletter of 3/25/15:


“After 138 years, the causes of the defeat and the actions and personality of George Custer still evoke controversy. Did Custer disobey orders? Was he betrayed by incompetent subordinates? Were the Indians better armed than the cavalry? Was defeat caused by Custer’s refusal to take a section of Gatling guns to the battle? Was Custer’s “Last Stand” really the Indians’ “Last Stand”?


“Our speaker, Rob Dunbar, will attempt to clarify the many questions about the Battle of the Little Big Horn. The events of Custer’s Last Stand and the life of George Armstrong Custer have fascinated Rob Dunbar for over fifty years. He is an active member of the Western Pennsylvania Civil War Roundtable, The Little Big Horn Associates and the Custer Battlefield Historical & Museum Association. Rob holds a degree in history from the Pennsylvania State University and is employed by RBC Wealth Management. He lives in Franklin Park with his wife, Denise, and his sons, Robby and Eric.”


Custer’s Last Stand is also called The Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana.   Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and Chief Gall –the Cheyenne, Sioux and Arapaho, vs. Custer and his 7th Cavalry…. Oh, it’s going to be good! Come be a part of our history!



More Interesting Facts:

  • Custer, his two brothers, brother-in-law and nephew all died in the battle.  Imagine his family’s grief
  • “Custer would hold that command post until the end, particularly distinguishing himself during the Appomattox campaign. After the Rebel surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865, Maj. Gen. Phil Sheridan, who had been Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s chief of cavalry, purchased the table on which the articles of surrender had been signed. He would later present this table to Elizabeth Bacon Custer, General Custer’s wife, with a note saying: “I respectfully present to you this small writing table on which the conditions for the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia were written by Lt. General Grant and permit me to say, Madam, that there is scarcely an individual in our service who has contributed more to bring about this desirable result than your gallant husband.”




MCA-TV’s public awareness weekend

For Public Awareness Week, Earl Edwards-President, Carl Griffith-Vice President, and Mim Bizic-Webmistress and Speaker Program Co-Chair, presented a program for Moon Community Access on the work of our MTHS, including our purpose,  plans, presentations and activities on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM.



“Coffee, Donuts and History!”

The Speaker Series was highlighted along with a new program being instituted by Carl Griffith, called “Coffee, Donuts and History!”  (Carl is buying!)  Carl will be hosting discussions on Moon Township history each Friday morning in April, 2017 (and maybe more!) from 8:30 AM until 10:00 AM at the Senior Center in Robin Hill Park, starting April 7th.