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February 21 @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm


The Newtown Square Historical Society invites you to our monthly program on Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. at the Dunwoody Village auditorium to hear local historian Rich Paul speak on Grover Cleveland Bergdoll, a Broomall resident (the “Bergdoll mansion”) who was one of the first pilots to learn flying from Orville Wright.

There was a time in the Philadelphia area when everyone knew the name Bergdoll and not just those who drank his family’s famous beer.  Grover Cleveland Bergdoll, namesake of an American president, and heir to one of the city’s greatest beer empires, never worked in the family brewery. But the “Playboy of the Eastern Seaboard” was surely the most notorious character in Philadelphia’s long, sudsy beer history.  He raced in the Indianapolis 500, got into fist fights with police, flew a Wright brother’s biplane from his “Eagle Field” (now Manoa Shopping Center), on one adventure “circling three times around William Penn’s hat” at City Hall.  During World War I, he was deemed a traitor and a fugitive, despite his efforts to contribute to the United States war effort.  He was later tried, convicted, and jailed.  He was released but died a madman.  Rich will shed some new light on the controversial Bergdoll, and then you can decide:  Villain or Victim?

Rich is a long time director of the 1696 Thomas Massey House, former president (and every other office!) of the Marple Historical Society, and also serves on the Marple Historical Commission and the Delaware County Heritage Commission.  “I have always felt that if the residents of a community knew of their communities’ heritage, it would give them a sense of pride and a sense of belonging.”

All programs are held at the Dunwoody Village auditorium, 3500 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA  19073 beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is free.  Refreshments are served.

Come out and meet your history minded neighbors and learn and be entertained!



February 21
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Doug Humes


Dunwoody Village Auditorium

3500 West Chester Pike

Newtown Square,



United States

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