We are excited about this new exhibit. It's an idea that we've tossed around the last few years and it's finally coming this spring! We look forward to displaying wedding attire and "wedding goods" from 1950 back to the beginning of Westphalia.
We've all enjoyed the Christian Mother & Women's Guild wedding displays in St. Mary's Parish Hall and who doesn't enjoy looking at their mom and dad or grandparent's wedding pictures? As times change, styles change, economic opportunity changes and much more.
How can you get involved? To start...we need stuff...just to borrow...and we have rules :)
Interested in lending a wedding photo?
Interested in lending a wedding dress or wedding attire?
CALL: 989.640.4437 or 587.6984
**In all instances (photos, wedding "goods", attire, etc.)
Questions? Please contact the phone number above.
This is our last recap of past Cemetery Walks (if we've been accurate in our records). While many of us current citizens think first of the Bohr house that sat by the old junk yard and has been since torn down, there is more history to their story. It took three of them to really tell their story right: Joseph, William (Tinner) and Katherine. The Bohrs arrived in the US in September 1842; they too were encouraged by the letters of Johann Fuchs, Nick Pohl and Johann Lehmann. From a millinery store to building the old church, the Bohrs have a rich history in our town.
You'll find more of their story by clicking on the button below (we apologize for the poor quality of the text).
WHEN: September 16 @ 2 PM
WHERE: St. Mary Cemetery, Price Road (west of Westphalia, east of Jones Road)
A cemetery walk runs like a circuit route or a clock. Each grave site is a stop on the circuit. At the site, a person (often a relative) will be dressed in period clothing and tell the story of the deceased. Typically props are also included in each presentation.
To begin, everyone splits into groups at one of the selected grave sites. After the stories are over at each grave, a docent leads each group to the next grave. The presenters tell their story repeatedly as the groups rotate on the circuit. This way everyone has an opportunity to hear each story and everyone is "done" at the same time.
With five speakers speaking for approximately 10 minutes each (along with socializing and brief instructions), this event typically lasts around 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
We are featuring:
- Ron Spitzley
- Leo Bauer
- Bob Trierweiler
- Elizabeth Hengesbach
- Maria Catherine and Adam (Vidua) Fedewa
May was a busy month for the historical society. Our June Newsletter highlights the many things going on in and around our building. We've included a few pictures below from the following locations:
While we hope you enjoy these pictures, we hope they motivate you to stop in to any or all of these places around town to see them for yourselves.
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