Lantern Walk Returns To Beginings

September 15, 2010 at 11:03 AM

            The 3rd Annual DuBois Area Historical Society Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk ventures into one of DuBois’ most historic areas, the Penn State DuBois Campus and its neighborhood, Saturday, Oct. 16, with tours beginning at 6 p.m. Penn State DuBois, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2010, is located on what was originally the property of City of DuBois patriarch John DuBois.

            “We welcome the opportunity Penn State DuBois has provided for everyone to visit one of the most historical areas in the community,” said Tom Schott, chair of the Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk committee. “Preparations for this program started 10 months ago and the historical society believes it has gathered some significant history that will be presented in an entertaining fashion. No one will leave this walk without learning something new about the community.”

            Admission to the Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk is $5 for adults and $3 for students, with children sixth grade and younger free if accompanied by an adult. All proceeds benefit the DuBois Area Historical Society. The program is suitable for all ages.

            The first tour will leave the Hiller Building at 6 p.m. with tours to follow every 20 minutes. Parking is available on campus and guides will be in place to direct visitors to the Hiller Building.

            “Many famous people have lived or worked on the former John DuBois property,” said Schott. “Some of the “Spirits” to be encountered include a pioneer, the hearer of a death bed statement, a man who went on to be a king among his own people, a bi-lingual immigrant, a child who lassoed his future, and several more. We invite the entire community to come out and support the historical society. This is your history, come and experience it.”

            Three hundred and twenty-five people attended in the first two Lantern Walks. To make advance reservations for a specific walk time, telephone 814-371-9006 during the following hours:  Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tour groups will be limited to 20 people. Walk-ins are also welcome and will be assigned to the next available tour. The walk is approximately 7/10 of a mile and will last around an hour.

            The DuBois Area Historical Society will conclude its 2010 activities with its Third Annual Luncheon, Nov. 13 at noon at the DuBois Diner. The guest speaker is Barbara Clark,“Hidden Messages of Quilts.”  The hot sandwich buffet includes:  pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, tossed salad, beverages, and dessert. The luncheon is $13.50 per person. Reservations are due by Election Day November 2. Make checks payable to DuBois Area Historical Society and send to P.O. Box 401, DuBois, Pa. 15801, telephone (814) 371-9006.