Historical Society To Hear About Historical District Effort

November 01, 2006 at 8:04 PM

       Julie Stewart, design committee chair for DuBois Renaissance Inc. – Downtown DuBois, will be the guest speaker for the Nov. 16 meeting of the DuBois Area Historical Society. The presentation is at 7:30 p.m. in the E.D. Reitz Museum, 27 West Long Ave., DuBois. It is free and open to the public.

       The design committee is one of four committees of DuBois Renaissance Inc., which is focusing on the renewal of downtown DuBois. Stewart will highlight the effort to establish a DuBois Historic District.

       “Design means getting Main Street into to physical shape,” said Stewart. “This committee is responsible for creating a visual message about what Main Street is and what it has to offer.

       “Main Street design is based upon historical information. I will provide an overview of what has gotten us to this point and the process involved. I will also talk about the Main Street Program, what stage it is in now, how it ties into historical preservation, and what we need from the community.”

       Stewart will leave time for questions and answers and ask for feedback from those in attendance to take back to her committee.

       The DuBois Area Historical Society will celebrate its 25th anniversary during 2007. The observance will begin with the annual dinner at the DuBois Senior Center on Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. Dr. Todd Pfannestiel, associate professor of history at Clarion University, will be the guest speaker with his topic being, “Rhett, Dorothy, and Mrs. Smith:  Motion Pictures and American Values in the Great Depression.” Cost for the dinner is $15.

       Upcoming speakers include:  March 22, 2007 – Jackie Atkins, instructor of history at Penn State DuBois, “Historical Aspects of Women’s Studies.” April 26, 2007 – Lloyd Riss, “Fly Fishing With Celebrities”; and May 30, 2007 – Galen Kilmer, history teacher at DuBois Area High School, “DuBois High School Local History Projects.” All of these meetings will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the E.D. Reitz Museum, 27 West Long Ave., DuBois.

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