Society Plans Opening, Music, Flea Market

May 20, 2004 at 2:25 PM

       The DuBois Area Historical Society has a trio of events planned for the June 5, Festival of the Arts in downtown DuBois. The E.D. Reitz Museum, 28 West Long Ave., will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

       The Society’s new map and photo gallery will have its first display and the Mountain Dulcimer Gathering will perform music at 11:30 a.m. in the Historical Society museum. The Society will also be holding a flea market with all proceeds going to support the Society. All of these activities are free and open to the public.

       A former storage room has been converted into an eight foot by 24-foot gallery area. The renovation of this area was completed by volunteer help and donated material for a cost of less than $100.The walls are now lined with slat board allowing for a variety of display options feature items from the Society’s collection. Society President Evo Facchine and Ed Watson led the volunteers who remodeling of the area.

       The June 5 exhibit will feature photos of early lumbering. The photos originally hung in the office of John DuBois. Later there were prominently displayed in Fair’s Barbershop, This will be the first time these photos will be on public view in many years.

       Also in the opening exhibit will be photos from early railroading, firemen and firehouses, high schools, the DuBois Brewery, and silent movie cowboy Tom Mix.

       The Mountain Dulcimer Gathering will perform an open lesson. Their intention is to let the audience see the instrument is and how it is played. The mountain dulcimer is a type of zither and is one of only two American instruments, the other being the five-string banjo. They will play simple back porch music and folk songs.

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