Germanfest volunteers seeking mementos

ROBERTS COVE - For several weeks volunteers at the German Heritage Museum in Roberts Cove have been busy making ready display areas for the 2011 Roberts Cove Germanfest to be held this year on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2. In the past people have all been so generous in loaning their treasures, and the Germanfest volunteers are asking for help again this year.

St. Leo Choir (1886 - Present)

Since All Saints Day, November 1, 1886, the St. Leo IV Choir has served the community of Roberts Cove with extraordinary dedication. For Sunday masses, First Fridays, weddings, funerals and requiems, the choir has been there year-round except now, in later years, they take a short vacation in August. No doubt it is this faithfulness that has enabled the festival to keep beautiful traditions like German hymns and the visit of St. Nicholas.

To commemorate this special anniversary, the Museum Committee plans to showcase the history of the choir. They are asking former and present choir members to submit a paragraph of their special memories of when they were in the choir. They are also asking for copies of group pictures of choir activities and outings, or perhaps old choir newspaper articles. The committe members know it was not all work and no play. The St. Nicholas celebration has long been a choir tradition. They are asking interested parties to submit statues and mementos of the saint to share this same area.

Music boxes and other musical renditions

Music boxes will be another featured exhibit this year. A phonograph from Josepha Gossen Leonards and her grandson, Ferdie Leonards, of Winnie Texas, along with another one from the Helena Berken and P. J. Reiners families will be on display. These treasures are from original Roberts Cove immigrant families, and both are in working order. Included in this collection will be any wind-up music movements, including those for Christmas or other occasions, as well as the domed musical renditions. Please loan any treasures with musical movements.

Leonards And Ohlenforst Families Highlighted

These two families will be honored at Germanfest this year. We are asking them for written stories, information and pictures from the families to help the committee put together stories of their lives.


The museum workers are ready to accept your articles now, so please begin getting these items to us as soon as possible, but at least by September 1.

The committee thanks the many hostesses who made visitors welcome during Germanfest 2010.

Mother Theresa once said, “It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into the doing.”

Last year, the festival committee registered 1183 guests Saturday and 757 on Sunday, totaling 1940 visitors. There were visitors from 15 different countries as well as 14 different areas in Germany. Interestingly, there was also people from Nazareth, Palestine and Ramallah. The members are looking forward to more interesting exhibits this year.

For more information, call museum curators Josie Thevis (337) 334-4713 or Dot Leger (337) 334-2252. Or call the Germanfest office (337) 334-8354 or email:

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