Red Hat Program Rescheduled

April 10, 2004 at 2:29 PM

       Sue Raspetello will present the “History of the Red Hat Society,” at the April 21 meeting of the DuBois Area Historical Society. The program is at 7:30 p.m. in the E.D. Reitz Museum, 28 W. Long Ave., DuBois. The presentation is free and open to the public.

       The program was scheduled in March, but was postponed by inclement weather. The program originally scheduled for April will be rescheduled for the 2004-05 speaker series.

       Raspatello, a native of Brockway and Queen Mother of the Red Hat Society, has lived at Treasure Lake since 1988. She is active in volunteer work in addition to her duties with the Red Hat Society.

         The Red Hat Society started with a group of older women in California, who were inspired by Jenny Joseph’s 1932 poem, “Warning.” The poem includes the line, “When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple.”

         Taking this line to heart, the women formed a group, which met on a regular basis, wearing red hats and purple dresses in public. Once other women heard of the group, additional chapters were started. Today there are thousands of members worldwide, who celebrate the milestone of turning 50, and foremost have fun.

         Seventeen members and guests attended February’s DuBois Area Historical Society meeting, which featured Parker Dam State Park naturalist Eric Rensel’s “Parker Dan Tea & Talk.” Rensel discussed the history of Parker Dam and the uses of various plants and herbs, while serving mountain fern tea.

         The 2003-04 speaker series will concluded on May 26 when Galen Kilmer presents, “DuBois Area High School Local History Projects”  at 7:30 p.m. in the E.D. Reitz Museum.

         2004 DuBois Area Historical Society individual and business memberships are now due. Individual memberships are:  life, $100; family, $15; single adult, $10; student 18 and over, $5; student up to 18, $2; senior citizen, $5. Members may gain the designation of member/donor by including a special contribution of $6 or more along with their membership fee. Checks should be made payable to the DuBois Area Historical Society and mailed to P.O. Box 401, DuBois, Pa. 15801. Include name, address, and telephone number with all memberships.

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