Local History Projects To Be Featured

May 18, 2010 at 10:53 AM

            The DuBois Area Historical Society will conclude its spring speaker series on Thursday, June 3, 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. This program was moved from its originally scheduled date in May.

            Galen Kilmer is DuBois Area High School’s local history teacher. This will be his eighth 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.

            Also upcoming on June 5, 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 fourth annual open house on Saturday, Sept. 11, 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 three years.

            October 16 will be the Third Annual Spirit of DuBois Lantern walk, taking place this year on the Penn State DuBois Campus as part of the Campus’ 75th Anniversary Celebration. The walks will begin at 6:30 p.m. and leave every 20 minutes from the Hiller Building. This is a completely new program taking those attending through  one of the most historic areas in the community, the original DuBois property. 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 Fourth Annual DuBois Area Historical Society Luncheon, Saturday, Nov. 13 at noon at the DuBois Diner. The guest speaker will be Barb Clark, “Hidden Messages of Quilts.” Luncheon costs and menu will be announced later in the year.