Lantern Walk To Recall 1972 Flood

September 27, 2012 at 11:03 PM

             The 5th Annual DuBois Area Historical Society Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk on Saturday, Oct. 13,  will recall DuBois’ worst natural disaster, the flood of 1972. Tours will leave from the DuBois YMCA beginning at 6 p.m.

            “We thank the YMCA for allowing the DuBois Area Historical Society to use its building as the starting point for the walk,” 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.”

lantern_logo_use.jpg            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 YMCA at 6 p.m. with tours to follow every 20 minutes. Parking is available at the YMCA.

            “The Hurricane Agnes Flood of 1972 caused a great deal of damage in DuBois and resulted in the flood control project,” said Schott. “The tour will also go through the “flats,” an area prone to bad flooding and one that it is quite interesting because of its ethnic mixture. Some of the “Spirits” to be encountered include an elected official, a “King” of the road, a lost Catostomus commersoni, a young girl seeking a homemade dinner, and a 125-year-old athlete. We invite the entire community to come out and support the historical society. This is your history, come and experience it.”

             Performing as “Spirits” for the program are: Mike Gressler, Shawn and Tara Deemer, Tom Shade, Carolyn Rhoades, Noah Orner, Ben Hayes, Pam August, Sarah Whitaker, Mel Amrhein, and Beecher Klingensmith.

            Six hundred and four people attended in the first four Lantern Walks. To make advance reservations for a specific walk time, telephone 814-371-4627 between 10 a.m. and 9 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 9/10 of a mile, is very flat, and will last around an hour.

            The DuBois Area Historical Society will conclude its 2011 activities on Tuesday, November 13 when Scott Shaffer will speak about “Archeological Findings in the DuBois Area.” The presention at 7 p.m. in the E. D. Reitz Museum, 28 W. Long Ave., DuBois, is free and open to the public.



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