Our President, Earl Edwards, is one busy man!
He’s at the Coventry Cabin, or at the Municipal Building working on videos, or working with Lora Dombrowski or Amy Ottiveri on one project or another.
Here is his story about how the SIGN PROJECT came about:
“Putting up a historic sign was one of our goals a few years back. The idea drifted along with discussions about where signs might be placed and content.
“We were making some historic programs for MCA-TV, several of which caught the eye of members of the Mooncrest Baptist Church. When that church disbanded, they asked us if we had any projects, deserving a donation, that would benefit the local area.
After several conversations, three historic signs were suggested and a donation was received by our Society for that purpose.
“Our intent was to have signs looking like those new ones in our National Parks: professionally printed with embedded photographs. We anticipated a lot of cost to make corrosion and vandal resistant mountings.
“A preliminary list of some 10 possible sites was drafted and discussed with anyone who would listen. One group that listened was Moon Parks and Recreation. They had plans to develop trail signs and our ideas fit theirs. Moon Parks and Recreation had several good locations in mind where mounting costs would be modest. The bridge rail at Olson Park is an example where visitors are concentrated. (pictured)
“Fourth, fifth and sixth signs are anticipated at Carnot Crossroads, Stoops Ferry, and another at Olsen Park related to the stagecoach stop that was once there.
“At this time there is one sign installed. We like it and used our experience to start the next two signs. One will be at Robin Hill and will tell about the old oil wells at Robin Hill, and compare with new Marcellus wells on the Airport.
“The third sign will be in Moon Township on the Montour Trail, telling about pioneers, the Montour RR, the trail, and Montour Run cleanup. Both the 2nd and 3rd sign are in the artwork stage. “
Getting a sign made involves a number of steps:
- Picking sites and drafting an appropriate historical message;
- Getting permission for sign installation and content;
- Getting artwork done, involving a lot of skilled work with graphics;
- Review of finished artwork;
- Review of mounting plan;
- Approval of final artwork and hiring a printer;
- And in some cases, adding BRAILLE and/or a QR message.
Robin Hill Oil Well Signs
The new sign for the Robin Hill Garden was revealed to the Board of Directors of the historical society on March 5, 2018.
First Signs Installed in Olsen Park!
Earl and his grandson Jimmy Gandley, installed this second sign the weekend of April 2-3, 2016, at Montour Run.
Earl says besides his family, he has lots of other help, from John Kennedy and his son’s trucks, from Frank Viera’s artwork, and the aluminum welding was donated by John Scott.
This sign about Montour Run is real interesting! One of its most fascinating features is the story of eight year old Tom Slover who in 1761 was sent by his family to find a snapping turtle for dinner.
“Tom was captured by the Miami warriors, and quickly taken to Ohio country and later traded to the Shawnee, and was given up for dead. Tom was recognized 12 years later when accompanying Shawnee traders on a visit to Fort Pitt. He stayed Pittsburgh, serving in the militia. Incredibly, he was RECAPTURED near the Montour Run by Wyandotts. Death by gauntlet was the norm for escaped captives, but Tom Slover, already stripped naked and painted black for execution, escaped again! He made his way down to Ft. McIntosh in Beaver and warned of the impending attack!”