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WINTER ACTIVITIES AT THE MUSEUM
On Sunday, January 26 from 1:00 t o 4:00 PM, Dean Feldpausch will be at the Museum with his book Batman and the Ballerina. He has researched the life and death of former Fowler resident Clem Sohn. Clem died in Vincennes, France April 25, 1937 during an air show when his parachute did not open. He is buried in the Most Holy Trinity Cemetery in Fowler. He was 26 years old at the time of his death. Dean has built an exact replica of Clem's Batman suit, which he will have on display during the signing.
Judy Thelen is going to lead genealogy sessions this winter for beginners and intermediate level researchers. She plans to offer about eight sessions; they will be held Thursdays at 7:00 PM in the Historical Society Museum. The first session is January 16, 2020. The cost is FREE but she would like people to register so she knows how many people are interested. For questions or to register, contact Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 517.323.2817. You do not have to be a member to attend.
The History Of Our Museum Exhibits
We opened the Westphalia Historical Society Building and Museum in 2014. Since then, each year from Memorial Day to the late fall we have themed exhibits in our building. If you take a tour of our website, you'll find pictures and information about what types of exhibits we've done in the past.
In 2017, after a great Our Town exhibit, we decided to dedicate part of our building to a permanent exhibit dedicated to Our Town. By doing this, whenever you visit our building you'll have an opportunity to visit a little bit of our past while also getting to see something new, as the rest of the building is now a themed exhibit that rotates yearly.
Exhibits: Open from Spring to Late Fall 2x/month
Our little museum is a great size for our little village and surrounding areas. Our past exhibits have been school days, veterans, and Westphalia weddings. Flip through our photos to see what you can find. Keep in touch to find out what we'll be having next.
Cemetery Walk, Every September
Not sure what to expect if you attend a Cemetery Walk? See our blog for a great explanation about how long to expect to be there, what to expect while you're there and more. We also post pictures and stories from our past Cemetery Walks on the blog.
Light Parade & Tree Lighting
We are excited to have made this a yearly event on the first Saturday of December. Our little parade goes down Main Street, starting east of "four corners", ending at the Historical Society Museum.
Each year we have a person of honor "flip the switch" on the tree. St. Nikolaus joins us as well, in true German tradition in honor of the upcoming feast day. Local businesses open with specialties, treats and fun.
Take a look at our Blog Posts for pictures of our little event over the years.
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We are currently suspending further requests for genealogy information. Thank you for your patience with us. You can check out the resources on our Research Page or contact the Clinton County Historical Society for assistance or their archives.
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We have many pictures of our building and our village and its past; take some time to look around our website to see more.
Meetings: Interested in attending a meeting? Meetings are held the the third Tuesday of the month at the historical society building at 6 PM. We do skip a few months in the winter, so check with a board member if you're not sure if we are meeting or not. Membership is $5.00, but you need not be a member to attend.
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We are currently suspending further requests for genealogy information. Thank you for your patience with us.
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