DUBOIS – A record 88 members and guests attended the DuBois Area Historical Society’s 2013 Spring Luncheon at the DuBois Senior Center.
The crowd experienced an educational and entertaining program, “Women’s Contributions to Local History” staged in honor of Women’s History Month. The program featured live performances of women who were prominent in DuBois or Clearfield County history.
Performing were: Nancy Rosman as Aunt Katy Reasinger, a pioneer settler of DuBois; Nikki Cherry as Phoebe Tyler, a businesswoman/philanthropist; Sharon Jerashen as teacher Nellie Cloud; Val Kucenski as Willie Gamble DuBois, philanthropist and wife of John E. DuBois; Pam August as Sister Carmelita, a Sister of Mercy, who worked many years at DuBois Hospital; Kris Haenes, as Lena Miller, the first woman to be executed in Clearfield County when charged with her husband’s murder; Deb Grieve as aviator Roberta Sabato; and fourth grader Meghyn Chandler, wearing a 1970s vintage Girl Scout uniform, who talked about that time period.
Gayle Gearhart was the narrator for the program. Gene Aravich, Deb Grieve and Cathy Hughes wrote the scripts. Dave Clark helped organize the actors.
DuBois Area Historical Society President Ruth Gregori provided the welcome. Todd Thompson delivered the invocation. The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, New York and Pennsylvania, Pacific West Community in Erie provided the sister’s habit worn by Pam August.
On April 14, Luigi’s Ristorante in DuBois has agreed to host a DuBois Area Historical Society fundraiser from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Luigi’s will donate a percentage of the day’s profits to the Society.
On April 16, Galen Kilmer will present “DuBois Area High School Local History Projects,” at 7 p.m., at E. D. Reitz Museum, 30 W. Long Ave., DuBois. It is free and open to the public.
On May 18,there will be the fifth annual Spring Walk, Helvetia, led by Bill Allenbaugh beginning at 10 a.m. On May 22, there will be a fundraiser with Italian Oven, DuBois.
There will be fundraisers with Pizza Hut, DuBois from from June 12-14; Ruby Tuesday, DuBois on July 19-21; and Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, DuBois on Aug. 23.
Fall will bring more programs still in the planning stages, including:
In September, there will be the 31st Annual DuBois Area Historical Society Dinner; location, time, and menu to be announced. The guest speaker is Paul Sekula, who will talk about “Historical Signs.”
In October – there will be the sixth annual Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk, “125th Anniversary of the Great Fire of 1888.” It’s been tentatively scheduled for Oct. 12, and further details will be announced later.
There will be a fundraiser with Italian Oven, DuBois, on Oct. 18; Ruby Tuesday, DuBois from Nov. 15-17; and Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, DuBois, on Dec. 19.