Heat Back On At E. D. Reitz Museum

February 14, 2018 at 8:45 PM


The new furnace sits on the new roof.

     The heat is back on in the main building of the E. D. Reitz Museum. The second of two misfortunes to fall upon the DuBois Area Historical Society occurred in late 2017, when the furnace for that building quit during a cold snap.

     This compounded the problems for the Society’s executive council, who were just completing dealing with the replacement of three roofs to the tune of over $35,000. Now, another bill was forthcoming that would total over $8,000. Furnace replacement could not be ignored at the risk of further damage to the museum, so the Society’s dwindling reserve was tapped again.

      January 23 at 5:30 a.m., the problem was solved. Because the furnace is located on the roof of the building, a crane was needed to remove the old unit and replace it with a new one. The early starting time was initiated to prevent traffic problems on Long Avenue while the crane was in place.

      A little over an hour later there roof work was complete and heat began to return to the museum for the first time in six week.

      The DuBois Area Historical Society is a 501(C)3 organization, meaning it can accept tax deductible donations. Anyone interested in helping with the roof replacement may donate to the cause and deduct the donation from their income tax.

      Those interested in donating to the roof replacement may send their donation to DuBois Area Historical Society, P. O. Box 401, DuBois, Pa. 15801. Checks may be made payable to the DuBois Area Historical Society. Telephone 814-371-9006 with questions or for additional information.

     The DuBois Area Historical Society receives no local, state, or federal funding. It relies on fund-raising projects, membership dues, grants, and donations to support its endeavors. The Society has no employees; volunteers coordinate all of its activities.

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