DuBois Historical Society Schedules 2nd Open House

October 01, 2008 at 8:48 PM

            The DuBois Area Historical Society Inc. will holds its second annual open house, Saturday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Society’s museum, 28 West Long Ave., DuBois. The event is free and open to the public.

            “The Society wants to share what we have developed in DuBois,” said Society President Evo Facchine. “The museum exhibits thousands of items related to local history.”

            The Veterans Room, opened last year for the Society’s 25th anniversary has additional items added and new items are constantly placed on display throughout the rest of the three-building complex. The growing genealogical library has a strong collection of background information on area residents and family histories.

            The open house will include guided tours of the facilities including the genealogical library. Because of the tours genealogical research cannot be conducted during the open house but arrangements can be made to return at a later time for help in finding family information.

            Refreshments will be available. Each person taking a tour will receive a free gift and may register for their choice of door prizes. Individuals do not need to be present to win the door prize, but must sign up by taking a tour.

            “This is an excellent chance for everyone in the community to see what the Society owns and what the Society is currently doing,” said Facchine. “This is our history and the Society wants all to appreciate it, learn from it, and enjoy it.”

            The open house is the first activity of a busy fall for the DuBois Area Historical Society. Upcoming are:

            •September 16 – Hoss’s, restaurant partnership, check with any executive council member for a voucher or pick one up at the open house.

            •September 27 – Doug Brennen will lead a walking tour, “The History of the DuBois Walkway,” leaving from the Goodwill building at the DuBois Mall at 11 a.m. Brennan will present the history of the walkway during the walk, which is free and open to the public.

             •October 18 – Spirit Of Dubois Lantern Walk. In planning since January, the initial Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. and leave every 20 minutes from the DuBois Area Historical Society. Participants will be guided on an approximately one-mile walk through the downtown  area, where “Spirits” of DuBois’ history will be encountered. The walk topics are suitable for all ages. Admission for the tour is $5 for adults and $3 for students, with children sixth grade and younger free if accompanied by an adult. Reservations for specific times may be made any time prior to the event by calling the DuBois Area Historical Society at (814) 371-9006.

              •November 18 – The Society’s Second Annual Luncheon is at noon at the Luthersburg Community Center. The guest speaker will be Scheldean Jose, performing as Mary Wade. Wade was the mother of Jenny Wade, the only civilian casualty during the Battle of Gettysburg. Jose conducts her program wearing Civil War era clothing that she made herself.

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