Signs Fascinate Annual Dinner

September 28, 2013 at 10:00 PM


Paul Sekula with a picture of his father, Stanley. 

         Paul Sekula of Sekula Signs, DuBois, entertained and educated a crowd of 64 people at the 31st annual dinner of the DuBois Area Historical Society held at the DuBois Senior Center.

            Sekula split his Power-Point presentation “The History of Signs” into three parts. The opening centered on the development of need for signage in history. The middle portion focused on Sekula’s family and how his father, Stanley Sekula, developed the family business, Sekula Signs. He concluded with a series of photos of signs installed by Sekula Signs in DuBois, Reynoldsville, Brockway, Clearfield,  Curwensville and other area towns. Sekula conducted this portion of his program by inviting a lively interaction from his audience.

            The annual dinner also is the occasion for the DuBois Area Historical Society’s elections.  Elected to two-year terms were:  Ruth Gregori, president; Carol Lauglin, first vice president; Tom Rubritz, director of buildings and property; Carolyn Rhoades, director of youth; Todd Thompson, director of history; Todd Shindledecker, assistant director of museum and curator; Paul Bojalad, representative City of DuBois; Galen Kilmer, representative Sandy Township; and Carolyn Fridley, representative Union Township.

            President Ruth Gregori gave the greeting and wrap-up for the evening. Tom Schott, representing the nominating committee, which included Gene Aravich and Ken Wiser, handled the election process. He also presented the Society’s budget for 2014 for approval.

            Luigi’s Ristorante catered the dinner. Cupcakes were donated, in part, by Giant Eagle. The banquet committee included Mary Reilly, Tom Rubritz, and Beecher Klingensmith.  Todd Thompson gave the blessing of the meal. Tom Hockman, Hockman’s Candy, provided the door prizes.

            Upcoming DuBois Area Historical Society events during the rest of 2013 are:  October 12 – 6th Annual Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk, 125th Anniversary of the Great Fire of 1888, leaving from the E. D. Reitz Museum, 28-34 W. Long Ave., 5:30 p.m. Telephone 371-4627 between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. for reservations. Tickets are $5 for adults with students sixth grade and under admitted free. The 5:30 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. tours are already filled.

           October 18 – Fundraiser with Italian Oven, all day. Print a flyer at

           November 15-17 – Fund raiser with Ruby Tuesday, all day. Print a flyer at

           November 20 – Guest speaker, Carey Hubert, Parker Dam Naturalist, “Woodsmen and River Drivers,” E. D. Reitz Museum, 7 p.m. Free and open to all.

           December 19 – Fundraiser with Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, all day. Obtain a voucher from any Historical Society board member.