Historical Society events will focus on DuBois’ 150th birthday – GantNews.com

By Krissy Turner

DUBOIS — Over the next few months, the DuBois Area Historical Society is hosting a series of events that will center around DuBois’ 150th birthday.

The first is a luncheon taking place at noon on March 19 at Christ Lutheran Church, located on Sunflower Drive, DuBois.

The guest speaker is New York Times reporter Marcia Biederman, who is the author of “A Mighty Force: Dr. Elizabeth Hayes and Her War for Public Health.”

As part of the society’s celebration of DuBois’ 150th anniversary and the society’s 40th anniversary, Dr. Hayes was one of the first female physicians in this field.

The lunch price is $13 and the registration deadline is March 15. Currently, about 90 people have registered for the event.

The next event will take place May 7 at 10:30 a.m. and will be the Society’s 13th Spring Walk at the historic Morningside Cemetery in DuBois.

Guests will depart from the cemetery administration building at 10:30 a.m. The program is free and open to all. Those present are reminded not to park their vehicles on the grass.

The walk will focus on the burial sites of many well-known people in Dubois history. There were 25 participants on a rainy day last year and some years there have been over 40 participants.

The Dubois Area Historical Society has two additional events planned at this time, but there may be more if the occasion allows.

Its annual dinner in September does not yet have a date or speaker. The program will be related to the anniversary and usually attracts 60-80 people.

The company’s Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk will take place in October. The date will be set at a committee meeting later this month, and this event is also to be coordinated with other DuBois events.

The theme is the 150th anniversary of DuBois. Groups are taken on a walk (this year downtown), where they meet costumed performers who deliver a monologue about historical events or people.

Advance reservations are taken for the walk with admission $5 for adults and $3 for students, with children admitted free. It attracts 150-250 people most years.

In addition to these events, the company is helping organize a two-day DuBois sesquicentennial celebration event.

It includes an official opening ceremony on June 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Edward V. Cherry Amphitheater in Dubois Municipal Park and a street dance in the parking lot of the Parkside Community Center from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

And then, on June 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a car show with an array of food vendors along West Long Avenue.

The DuBois Area Historical Society will release additional information as events approach.

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