Remsen Heritage Museum Open

Thursday, July 21, 2022
Maureen Hays Schroeder and twin Mary Hays Loutsch pose in their identical wedding gowns in 1947. Maureen's gown is on display at the Remsen Heritage Museum.
(Photo contributed)

REMSEN - History buffs are in for a treat this Sunday, July 24, when the Remsen Heritage Museum opens its doors from 1 to 4 p.m. This is all a part of the Museum’s plan for scheduled openings throughout the year.

The Museum will also be open Sunday, August 21, from 1 to 4 p.m., and beginning in September, it will open regularly two days a month.

Featured this Sunday will be a new display, the wedding apparel of Maureen and LeRoy Schroeder. Maureen Ann Hays and LeRoy Schroeder were married November 19, 1947, in a double ceremony with Maureen’s twin, Mary Elizabeth Hays and Andrew Loutsch, Jr.

The brides wore identical gowns at the marriage which took place in St. Mary’s Church, Larchwood. The dresses were purchased at a store in Sioux Falls, and Maureen Schroeder says that she and her sister looked at “several” gowns before they could agree. According to the Remsen Bell-Enterprise, about 800 guests attended the ceremony, with 200 guests being served a reception dinner at the “Palace of Sweets” in Sioux Falls. An evening wedding dance followed in Larchwood.

The grooms were both Remsen natives and both couples farmed near Remsen after their marriages. Maureen Schroeder still resides in Remsen.

Also on display at the museum will be several paintings by John Greenen, a resident of Remsen from 1898-1951. In addition to being a house painter, Greenen painted signs, murals, and landscape canvases. A native of Luxembourg, Greenen immigrated to the United States as a youngster with his parents, and sometimes gifted one of his artworks to people whose homes he had painted. His landscapes often reflect his childhood memories of Luxembourg.

In addition to expanding their hours, the Museum, located at 231 S. Washington Street, is seeking board members and volunteers, especially handymen and carpenters. If you would like to help preserve Remsen’s history by volunteering, please contact Board president Kurtis Kroeger at 786-2040.