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SOCIETY PHONE NUMBER BEING USED IN SCAM

The DuBois Area Historical Society is aware that its phone number is being used in a phone scam. The DuBois Area Historical Society is not contacting individuals asking for donations. If contacted, hang up. The DuBois City Police are aware of the situation.

Dinner Scheduled For September 15

        The DuBois Area Historical Society’s 39th General Membership Meeting and Banquet (one missed due to COVID), will be held Thursday September 15, at 6 p.m., at Christ Lutheran Church, Sunflower Drive, DuBois. See story in news section for details.

        Catering by Paulette will feature a menu of: stuffed chicken breast, roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, cabbage and noodles, glazed carrots, salad, and dessert. The cost for the evening is $25 and reservations are due by September 12

        Send reservation and payment to: DuBois Area Historical Society, P. O. Box 401, DuBois, PA 15801 or for more information call 814-371-9006 to leave a message or email duboisareahistory@yahoo.com. A reservation form is available here.

Sesquicentennial Commemorative Rifle Raffle

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The DuBois Area Historical Society in partnership with a Colorado-based firearms business Rocky Mountain Firearms is selling chances to win a DuBois Sesquicentennial commemorative rifle. The commemorative rifles are a Henry Golden Boy, and a Henry Big Boy. The .22-caliber Henry Golden Boy has a brass finished receiver and octagon barrel. Only 15 of this model will be available, selling for $995. The Henry Big Boy is a large-bore rifle with an octagon barrel available in 357, 44, or 45-caliber. It sells for $1,595. Each of the rifles has local engravings of:  B & S Shaft #1 mine, BR&P Depot, DuBois Brewery, Sesquicentennial logo, DuBois Mansion, banner of the Great Fire of 1888, Van Tassel Tannery, and DuBois Area Historical Society logo. Chances on these collectable firearms are $10. Must be 18 or older to purchase a chance. The winners are responsible for completing the background check and for any additional fees. The winners will be drawn in October. For tickets or additional information contact the DuBois Area Historical Society at 814-371-9006. 

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Quilt Raffle

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The DuBois Area Historical Society is holding a quilt raffle with all proceeds to benefit the Society. Tickets are $5 each. First prize is a block print quilt measuring 84” by 96”. Second prize is a fall leaves quitht measuring 85” by 102”. Contact the DuBois Area Historical Society to obtain tickets.

SUMMER HOURS

The DuBois Area Historical Society summer schedule is now in effect. The museum and genealogical library hours are Tuesday, 10 a.m.- noon; Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and most Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For additional information, or to make an appointment for another day telephone (814) 371-9006.

Historical Tales of the Pennsylvania Wilds on Sale

 pa_wilds_cover.JPG     The DuBois Area Historical Society has copies available of "Historical Tales of the Pennsylvania Wilds," by DuBois author Kathy Myers. The book sells for $21.99. Myers has promised a portion of all sales from the book signing to go to the DuBois Area Historical Society. Arcadia Publishing, the book's publisher, provides this description of the book:  "With sixteen thousand miles of streams and rivers, twenty-nine state parks and nine state and national forests spread out over twelve and a half counties, the Pennsylvania Wilds is an immensely special place in the Commonwealth. Beyond the stunning scenery lies important history of early American. A young George Washington traversed the expanse, cutting his teeth as a military leader. Violence between Native Americans and colonists in the territory left its bloody mark, from the Penn's Creek Massacre to the Great Cave Massacre. After the American Revolution, early settler families forged roots, built communities and developed the region into a patchwork of frontier towns. Through a series of richly compelling narratives, author Kathy Myers reveals the early history of the Pennsylvania Wilds."

Virtual Tour Of E. D. Reitz Musuem

A virtual tour of the DuBois Area Historical Society's E. D. Reitz Museum is available. The tour may be found at visitclearfieldcounty.org. Scroll down the page to the block marked virtual tours. Click there to find many tours of area attractions including the DuBois Area Historical Society. 

"From Bavaria to Brady" Book Price Reduced

The price of the "From Bavaria to Brady The George "Philip" Swope Family" by Sandra K. Leonard available from the DuBois Area Historical Society has been reduced. $30 plus $7 shipping and tax. An extensive history and genealogy of many of the related families of Clearfield and Jefferson counties of Pennsylvania, including Swope, Passmore, Wingert, Strawcutter, Leonard and other connected families.  Also included are essays about life in the Luthersburg (Pennsylvania) area in the first half of the 20th century. The book is 746 pages with photos, numerous portraits, maps and index.

Calling All Junior Genealogists

Every family has a story that comes to life when it passes from one generation to another.  The DuBois Area Historical Society encourages readers to pursue genealogy during this shelter-in-place time period.  In particular, this is good opportunity for young people to learn and to preserve their family history. Become a JUNIOR GENEALOGIST by beginning with these recommended steps:

           1. Read the rest of the information and fill out the form here.

           2. Start with the interview questions here.

           3. Compile information on one or both of these two forms:  family, stepfamily.

2022 Historical Society Calendar Available for Purchase

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     2022 will mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of DuBois and the 40th anniversary of the DuBois Area Historical Society. Both anniversaries will be recognized in the DuBois Area Historical Society's 2022 calendar. It will be the first of many observances that the DuBois Area Historical Society will sponsor to commemorate the anniversaries.The calendars are on sale for $5 at:  Ace Hardware, Peaceable Kingdom, The Junk Dealer’s Daughter, Way Office Plus, Toni Kulbacki Barber Shop, and the DuBois Area Historical Society Museum all in DuBois. The calendar makes an ideal gift.

Barns, Murder Books Now Available

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barn_cover.jpg       The DuBois Area Historical Society now has on sale, two new published books of local history:  The Pennsylvania Barn Scrapbook Volume I – The ABC’s of the Timber Framed Barnby Clair Kriner for $21.20; and Elk County Murders & Mysterious Deaths Volume I for $26.45 by James T. Baumgratz. Further details can be found in the news section below.


reflections_cover_use.jpgThe Best Of Reflections Available For Purchase

     “The Best of Reflections” by Jason S. Gray Sr. is now available for purchase at the DuBois Area Historical Society. The cost per copy is $10 with the proceeds evenly split between the DuBois Area Historical Society and the DuBois YMCA.

                     

"Sabula Timeless . . . " Available For Purchase

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      “Sabula Lake Timeless . . .” by Dr. Anju Jolly is now available for purchase at the DuBois Area Historical Society. The book sells for $20 plus $1.20 tax. All mail orders require a $5 postage fee. The book is a history of the Sabula Lake area and is packed with pictures from Sabula’s early days into the 21st Century.  To purchase “Sabula Lake Timeless . . .” visit the DuBois Area Historical Society or call 814-371-9006.


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Membership Dues

            2022 membership dues for The DuBois Area Historical Society are now due. Except for lifetime members, all those who have not paid 2020 dues will not receive a newsletter after the one sent in May. Membership levels include:  Life Individual, $200; Business, $100; Individual under 55, $25; Individual over 55, $15; Family, $30; Student under 18, $15; Friend Silver, $500; Friend Gold, $1,000; and Friend Platinum, $1,500.

          A printable membership form is available here.

"The Hills of Home" Available Again

       The DuBois Area Historical Society recently received copies of  “The Hills of Home” written by Jennie Dixon. The book was reprinted by popular demand. “The Hills of Home” is a history of the Sabula, Hickory, and Winterburn areas during the logging era.

         This hard cover book is for sale at the DuBois Area Historical Society. The cost is $50 plus $8, which includes $3 tax and $5 for shipping and handling. You can place your order by sending your check to DuBois Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 401, DuBois, PA 15801 or stop in at the Historical Society located at 30 W. Long Ave. on Tuesday or Wednesday between the hours of 10 and 4. For more information, please call 814-371-9006.

FIRST DAY AIR MAIL COVERS AVAILABLE

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        Seventy-five years ago, DuBois and Clearfield County were part of history. May 14, 1939, DuBois and Clearfield were both stops on the newly conceived air mail pickup route, one where the planes did not land, but snagged the mail while in flight. A replication of the inaugural flight was held on May 17, 2014, between Clearfield and DuBois. Stamped first day covers from the May 17, 2014, flight are now available from the DuBois Area Historical Society at a cost of $2.50 per first day cover. Contact the Society for ordering information.

CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT NOW AVAILABLE

ornament_front.jpg     The DuBois Area Historical Society is selling Christmas ornaments featuring the museum on Long Avenue, the Society logo and founding date. For more information click here.



Print out a personal copy of the 2019 Walking Tour of DuBois brochure Here.

The original 2011 Walking Tour of DuBois brochure is still available HERE 

Penn State Volunteers Service Time

Seven incoming Penn State DuBois students, their student facilitator, accompanied by Chancellor Anita McDonald and faculty facil…

Photos from inside Historical Society

Just a few interesting Photos .....

Volunteer Fire Department

Following the early days of the bucket brigade and hand operated pumpers, we best remember the big horse drawn pumper and had dr…

Railroads & Trolleys

This section of the country enjoyed tremendous natural resources in the way of lumber, coal, oil, clay and natural gas, but it w…

Local History Projects to be Featured

The DuBois Area Historical Society will conclude its spring speaker series on with the annual program “DuBois Area High School …

Students to Lead Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Students from DuBois Area High School will lead the DuBois Area Historical Society’s Third Annual Spring Walk.

Speaker Focusing on Photoshopping Old Photos

The DuBois Area Historical Society will take preserving photos into the 21st Century during a March 16 program, “Photoshopping Y…

Kilmer, Hayes Honored at Dinner

Galen Kilmer and Jean Hayes were named “People of the Year” by the DuBois Area Historical Society.

DuBois Area Historical Society, Inc.
Located at 30 W Long Ave. DuBois, PA 

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 401, DuBois, 15801
Phone (814) 371- 9006    Email: duboisareahistory@yahoo.com

Summer Hours
: April 1st to Nov. 30th > Tuesday & Wednesday 10am to 4pm.
Winter Hours: Call for appointment
A donation is appreciated from all visitors.

Board Meetings:  2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 PM at our building.

LINKS

The DuBois Area Historical Society Inc.

is not responsible for content at any of these sites

Pennsylvania genealogy:  www.pennsylvaniagenealogy.net

Visit other area historical society sites:

Brockway:  http://www.brockwayhistory.org

Clarion County:  http://www.clarioncountyhistoricalsociety.org

Clearfield County:  http://www.clearfieldcountyhistoricalsociety.net

Elk County:  http://www.elkcountyhistoricalsociety.org

Jefferson County:  http://www.jchconline.org

Mt. Zion:  http://www.mtzionhistoricalsociety.org

Punxstuwaney:  http://www.punxsyhistory.org

Reynoldsville:  http://www.reynoldsvillehistoricalsociety.com

St. Marys/Benzinger Township:  http://www.smhistoricalsociety.com