Civil War Reenactor Guest Speaker

April 01, 2005 at 9:03 PM

           April marks the 140th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War. The DuBois Area Historical Society will observe this anniversary with a program by reenactor John Sobel of Clearfield, Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the E.D. Reitz Museum, 30 West Long Ave., DuBois. The program is free and open to the public. 

            Sobel will do his presentation is full Civil War uniform and equipment. He is one of many who participate as reenactors or living history participants learning about the past by reliving it in character.

            He is a member of the 13th Pennsylvania Reserves, the famed “Bucktails,” many of whom were recruited in Clearfield County. They served throughout the war, participating in such bloody battles as Antietam and Gettysburg.

            Sobel and his fellow Bucktails participated in the 135th anniversary reenactments at both Antietam and Gettysburg. They also participated in the activities at Cedar Creek several times. Sobel was an extra in the movies “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals”

            Sixteen members and guests attended the March meeting of the DuBois Area Historical Society. Evo Facchine presented “History of the DuBois Borough Water Supply 1881 to Construction of Anderson Creek Reservoir”.            He present a chronology of the events, the trials and tribulations of the community leaders that brought the newly formed Borough of DuBois from well water supplies through periods of sporadic reservoir supplies, to the culmination of the development of the Anderson Creek Reservoir, one of the finest waters supplies in Pennsylvania.

            The programs for 2004-05 will conclude May 25 with Galen Kilmer’s annual program, “DuBois Area High School Local History Projects.” The program is at 7:30 p.m. in the E.D. Reitz Museum, 30 W. Long Ave., DuBois.

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