Mix Festival Successful For Society

September 13, 2004 at 2:15 PM

       The Tom Mix Festival, Sept. 10-12, was a busy and successful time for the DuBois Area Historical Society.

       Over the three days between 250 and 300 people visited the Society’s museum. The museum was open over 24 hours during the three days with 14 volunteers working at the museum on Friday, 18 on Saturday, and six more on Sunday.

        The highlight of the Festival was the Society’s historic Trolly Tour of DuBois, which brought back memories of the time when DuBois had a trolly system. The ATA trolly was rented and three separate tours conducted with Society Historian Todd Thompson providing the narration. Tammy Nelson and Barb Emmer helped coordinate the activity.

         Over 50 people took the three tours. The tour participants included Tom Mix’s relatives and Mix Festival visitors from Louisiana, California, Texas, New Hampshire, and Virginia. The tours should turn a small profit for the Society. Since they were so well received, the Society will consider offering the tours again at a later time.

         The Society’s latest publication “Tom Mix, DuBois’ Nickelodeon Cowboy” was well received. The 48-page book has over 30 illustrations and includes a full Mix filmography, genealogy, and bibliography; and is fully indexed. The committee that worked on the book included researchers Todd Thompson and Ken Wiser, genealogy research by Audrey Lott and Shirley Clark, bibliography compiled by Virginia Schott, and writing and layout by Tom Schott.

         A limited number of the Tom Mix books are still available for $7 plus tax (42 cents). Contact the Society for information about obtaining the few remaining copies.

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