Local History Projects To Be Featured At Program

May 15, 2008 at 9:50 PM

            The DuBois Area Historical Society will conclude its spring speaker series on Thursday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. with the annual program by Galen Kilmer, “DuBois Area High School Local History Projects.” The program in the E.D. Reitz Museum, 30 W. Long Ave., DuBois, is free and open to the public.

            Galen Kilmer is DuBois Area High School’s local history teacher. This will be his sixth year presenting this program, following in the tradition of Todd Thompson, who did a similar program for many years.

            The program is always unique and surprising. The high school students bring a new perspective to history and how it is examined. Kilmer will present the best of the projects completed by the students in his class, explain the course requirements, and discuss how the students conduct their research.

            Also upcoming on June 7, the E. D. Reitz Museum will be open during the Festival of the Arts. All are invited to visit between  10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

            The DuBois Area Historical Society has planned a busy fall, leading off with its second annual open house on Saturday, Sept. 13. Last year’s open house attracted  over 100 visitors to the Society’s museum.

            Two weeks later on Sept. 27, Doug Brennen will lead a walking tour, “The History of the DuBois Walkway,” leaving from the Goodwill building at the DuBois Mall at 11 a.m. Brennan will present the history of the walkway  during the walk, which  is free and open to the public.

            October 18 will be the initial Spirit of DuBois Lantern walk. The walks will begin at 6:30 p.m. and leave every 20 minutes from the DuBois Area Historical Society. Participants will be guided on an approximately one mile walk through the downtown  area,  where “Spirits” of DuBois’ history will be encountered.  Admission for the tour is $5 for adults and $3 for students, with children sixth grade and younger free if accompanied by an adult.

            The 2008 activities will conclude with the Second Annual DuBois Area Historical Society Luncheon, Saturday, Nov. 18 at noon at the Luthersburg Community Center. The guest speaker will be Scheldean Jose, performing as Mary Wade. Luncheon costs and menu will be announced later in the year.

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