Local History Projects to be Featured

May 16, 2011 at 10:22 PM

            The DuBois Area Historical Society will conclude its spring speaker series on Thursday, May 26, 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 ninth year presenting this program, following in the tradition of Todd Thompson, retired local history teacher at DuBois High School, 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.

           Forty people attended the Third Annual DuBois Area Historical Society Spring Walk earlier in May. Students from DuBois Area High School led the walk, which covered 20 sites in downtown DuBois. Sarah Whitaker, a sophomore, was the student leader for developing the new walking tour.

           Also upcoming on June 4, the E. D. Reitz Museum will be open during the Festival of the Arts from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

           The DuBois Area Historical Society has planned a busy fall, leading off with its fifth annual open house on Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This event, which is free and open to the public, has attracted large numbers of visitors to the Society’s museum over the past four years.

           October 15 will be the Fourth Annual Spirit of DuBois Lantern walk, this year exploring the area of the DuBois Brewing Company and its neighborhoods. The walks will begin at 6 p.m. and leave every 20 minutes from the United Way Office. 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 2010 activities will conclude with the Fifth Annual DuBois Area Historical Society Luncheon, Saturday, Nov. 12 at noon. The guest speaker will be John Shenkle, “Sky Soldiers:  Veterans of Air Combat.” Location, luncheon costs and menu will be announced later in the year.