Earl Edwards 2017 Nominee -Jefferson Medal





It was my pleasure and honor to nominate Earl Edwards, President of the Moon Township Historical Society for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s prestigious Jefferson Awards, 2017.  Competition is keen, but we feel certain that our NOMINEE should ALSO be named a Final HONOREE!


He’s an unsung hero in our community, a neighbor and friend, who dedicates his time and never seeks recognition for their efforts.


-Mim Bizic

South Dakota’s Loss, Pittsburgh’s BIG Gain!


In his early years of retirement, Earl volunteered for the U.S. Forest Service and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, serving on the PALS, Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s support and volunteer group.  It was there Earl studied arrowheads over 3,000 years old.  Now he shares his knowledge at summer camps, and volunteering at Coventry Log Cabin, teaching others the joys of Native American history of the area.


Dedication? Tenacity?  He’s been President of the Moon Township Historical Society for as long as I can remember, preparing programs, speaker series, and field trips for our members, coordinating with other local historical societies.  He drives his own car miles out of his way to pick up physically handicapped members so they can attend meetings and special events.  He is also a member of HARB (Historical Architectural Review Board) currently representing Moon’s Historical Society.


Acts of Vision?  (1)  Earl created the Dr. Jockers Memorial Archives in the Moon Tszp. Municipal Building, cataloging all of the items in the archive that are now accessible through a database search.  (2) Another exciting project is the production of historical signs that he has created seen throughout the township, making residents more aware of their own history.


Impact on the Community?  This Lifelong Learner became involved in MCA-TV.  Over the last 15 years, he has produced numerous shows, such as “The Moon Township Bucket List,” using this creative way to have viewers join him in rediscovering Moon’s hidden history gems.  He is also a member of the Cable Advisory Board for the station where he helps to further the progress of the station.


Earl used his Leadership abilities to be the videographer and President for the Senior Men’s Club in Sewickley.


Earl never stops giving back to the community.  He says,


“Life goes quickly.  Try each open door.  What do you have to lose?”


Earl has been involved in so many more activities that involve helping the Township.



He’s a one-man dynamo!





The Jefferson Awards Program, sponsored by the  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  and its partners, salute the unsung heroes of our region through this nationwide volunteer-recognition program.


The Jefferson Awards honors individuals for their achievements and contributions through public and community service.

In 1976, former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editor John Craig established a local program honoring Western Pennsylvania’s “Community Champions” — everyday citizens who encountered problems in their neighborhood and created solutions to fix them. Today, the Post-Gazette continues to honor outstanding volunteers through the Jefferson Awards program.


“To nominate an individual or group for the Jefferson Award, tell us about someone that has made a difference in your organization or neighborhood. The best nominations include specific details and short anecdotes that demonstrate your nominee’s character and the impact of their volunteerism.”


Because of their commitment to volunteerism, Highmark and BNY Mellon have joined the Post-Gazette in this valuable program. This year, community representatives will choose approximately 50 Jefferson Award winners from among those nominated. Each will be highlighted in a newspaper ad and honored at an elegant reception at which they will receive the bronze Jefferson Award medallion.