Watercolor of Rollingstone museum by Jim Heinlen.
Holy Trinity Church, spring 2008. Photo by M. Nilles
The 150th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of Holy Trinity Church at 83 Main Street in Rollingstone was celebrated on Saturday, June 15, in the church community center with Bishop John Quinn presiding. A late-afternoon Mass was followed by a delicious potluck supper, fellowship, and a brief program. Displays and oral history interviews were created for the occasion — Holy Trinity Church was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
During the summer months, a more extensive exhibit related to the church’s history will be on view at the Luxembourg Heritage Museum, 98 Main Street. The museum is open from 1-4 p.m. on each Sunday and admission is free.
In addition, Luxembourg’s National Holiday will be observed on Sunday, June 23, with free cake and refreshments. This holiday honors the birthday of Luxembourg’s reigning monarch. In 1947 the Luxembourg government selected this date in June as a generic birthday. On this day, food, parades, music and fireworks are enjoyed by all in the Grand Duchy and in many of its 19th-century immigrant settlements, like Rollingstone.
The present monarch is Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. He and his Cuban-born wife, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa Mestrey Batista, met when they were students in Switzerland. He was born on April 16, 1955, and ascended to the throne on October 7, 2000, succeeding his father, Grand Duke Jean.
While he was still recognized as Prince Henri, the present Grand Duke visited Winona County. In spring 1992 he stopped in Rollingstone to meet locals, eat a burger and walk through the Heritage Museum. He and his party then traveled to the soon-to-be-restored Marnach House near Elba, Minn., in the Whitewater Valley.
All are invited to visit the museum next Sunday to honor the Grand Duke and his family and lift a glass to all who are — in any way, from anywhere — connected to the Grand Duchy.