Hanzely From Fur To Foliage

February 25, 2009 at 9:33 PM

        Don Hanzely, owner of Hanzely’s Nursery and Garden Center in DuBois, will be the guest speaker for the March 3 meeting of the DuBois Area Historical Society. Hanzely’s topic is “Hanzely Farms From Fur to Foliage,” is free and open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. in the E. D. Reitz Museum, 34 W. Long Ave., DuBois.

        Hanzely will highlight the growth and change in his family’s business over the last 60 years. His father, Henry, started raised mink on his farm in 1949, following his return from service in World War II. He raised mink for 21 years until the market for them fell off.

        By 1974-75, Don Hanzely, who had been living in Florida returned the DuBois area and along with his brother, John, started a nursery and garden center. Approximately 10 years ago, the brothers agreed to split the business with John continuing with the greenhouse and Don operating nursery and gardening center, which now provides all types of trees, shrubs, and flowers for the DuBois area.

        The evolution of the Hanzely family business is filled with interesting moments, which Don Hanzely will share at his presentation.

Upcoming programs are:

         April 23 – Speaker program, Evo Facchine, “History of Opera, Focusing on DuBois,” E. D. Reitz Museum, 28-34 W. Long Ave., 7:30 p.m.

         May 28 – Speaker program, Galen Kilmer, “DuBois High School Local History Projects,” E.D. Reitz Museum, 28-34 W. Long Ave., 7:30 p.m.

          June 6 – First Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk revisited, programs at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., E. D. Reitz Museum, and 5 p.m. walk.

          September 12 – Third Annual DuBois Area Historical Society Open House, E. D. Reitz Museum, 28-34, W. Long Ave., 10 a.m. Special guest, author P. J. Piccirillo.

          October 17 – Second Annual Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk, leaving from the E.D. Reitz Museum, 28-34 W. Long Ave., 6:30 p.m.

          November 7 – Third Annual DuBois Area Historical Society Luncheon, Speaker, Julie Stewart, “Downtown DuBois Then and Now.” Details TBA.

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