German Heritage Museum plans displays

Activities are picking up at the German Heritage Museum in Roberts Cove as they are preparing for Germanfest 2009 on October 3 and 4. It was 15 years ago on October 3 and 4, 1995 that the first Germanfest was celebrated.

There are several display areas in which we are asking for your help for the Museum this year.

ST. LEO'S SCHOOL - 1883-1951

To commemorate this event, the Museum Committee plans to showcase the history of St. Leo's Catholic School that began with the Benedictine priests and sisters in 1883 and ended with the Most Holy Sacrament sisters in 195 1. Although we don't have an accurate account of how many students attended the school during those 68 years, it is known that over 320 children in the community did attend the school there.

We are asking those who have attended this school, even if only for a short time, to come forward with newspaper articles, pictures - of students or of the school, report cards, promotion slips, or any other paraphernalia pertaining to the school. Other school items we are seeking could be Blue Horse tablets, Coca-Cola rulers, ink wells, school books or any other items used in the classroom. Please bring these articles to the museum NOW or as soon as possible. We would be pleased to display them. We do have on hand an old large dictionary from the school.

We are trying to locate all students who have attended St. Leo School. Please contact us so we can prepare our stories and exhibit for the Roberts Cove Germanfest to be held this year on the first weekend in October. All of you who have attended St. Leo School in Roberts Cove, please come to our first meeting on August 5, at 2:00 p.m. in the German Heritage Museum.


In one of the exhibit rooms, we plan to display holy water fonts and relies. An interesting part of this display will be Father Charles Zaunbrecher's relic collection. If you have holy water fonts or relics, please bring them to us at the Museum NOW or as soon as possible. These items will be on loan and on exhibit for several months.

The dedicated workers at the Museum have taken down previous displays, and have returned the many items to their owners. Thanks again to all of you who are so generous with your family treasures.

DEADLINE: The museum workers are ready to accept your items NOW. So collect your treasures and turn them in soon. We appreciate all of you who have helped us preserve our German culture. We are looking forward to another wonderful museum exhibit this year. Remember, the Roberts Cove Germanfest will be held October 3 and 4, 2009.

If you need more information, you can call museum curators Josie Thevis (337) 334-4713 or Dot Leger (337) 334-2252. Or you can call the Germanfest Office (337) 334-8354 or email:

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