There was a lot to celebrate during Rollingstone Days!
The town, known nationally and internationally for its history, including past and present connections to Luxembourg, and an increasingly diverse, youthful digital culture, is resolute about “staying strong.” The challenge is to determine what aspects of the “old” to save, which buildings to re-purpose, what to remember and what to build upon. In short, how to accommodate to change and still foster the good life, the happy times kids experienced during Rollingstone Days.
The Rollingstone community is seeking ways in which to move forward, and in so doing, to build upon its cultural and educational history (a school from 1860-1918); its banking services (a bank operative from 1905 to July 2019); its Catholic church, on the National Register of Historic Places, now 150 years old; the church’s affiliated school, the brick Holy Trinity High School building, will be 100 years old in 2010; the park is now a century old, its first plot of land donated to the Village of Rollingstone for “green space” by the Greden and Speltz land agency in 1919.
Immigrants from the Grand Duchy began to arrive in the Rollingstone Valley in the mid-1850s. Over the past 150 years contact with the “old country” has been maintained. In 1980 a sister-city exchange was established between Rollingstone and Bertrange, Luxembourg. That same year a television crew from Radio-Tele Luxembourg arrived to film part of a five-part series on Luxembourger settlements in the Upper Midwest. Rollingstone was featured again when that series was updated in 1986.
Since 1980 Rollingstone has been the subject of books, articles, videos and photo exhibitions arranged locally and in New York City, Luxembourg City and at the national Luxembourg American Cultural Center in Belgium, Wis.
Eleven people from Luxembourg came to the area on August 3, to visit, enjoy a brief lunch, and admire the museum, church and park. The sister-city relationship still holds strong!