Here's a stocking stuffer that's home-grown: a calendar, book or DVD of the history of Luxemburg. Hot off the press just a month ago, the centennial committee printed 1,000 of the books and expects to print more.
The centennial committee has 28 members and many more who planned and worked on this facet alone, said Carol Simonar, who compiled the book, "Luxemburg Remembered." It chronicles the village history since 1908.
Simonar had experience from doing the 75th anniversary book. This one, she said, does not include nearby townships. The 91-page book has many local photographs contributed by business owners and individuals. Virginia Johnson from the Area Research Center at the Kewaunee Historical Society located many of them.
Simonar is steeped in local history, growing up Carol Sconzert on a dairy farm about four miles southwest of Luxemburg. She enjoys researching family trees and said she thinks it would be great to have individual families do their family tree and display them on poster boards during the centennial celebration in August.
She said Neoma Michalski was a great help as well as Ervin Stahl and Tom Rueckl on the historical committee. They began their work about two years ago. Michalski died before the book was printed. The forward of the book is dedicated to her and Joseph Seidl who both were active on centennial committees. Michalski was a former director of the Kewaunee Historical Society and like Simonar, enjoyed local history and family genealogy.
Business owners helped by writing their own stories and submitting photos Simonar said. She went through the current phone book, not wanting to leave out any new businesses. Photos were divided to avoid duplication in the DVD, book and calendar.
Those who helped with proofreading and editing included Tom Seidl, Pam Adams, Stephanie Gau, Sue Heim and Ervin Stahl. Quali T Screening prepared the book for the printer.
The 41-minute DVD was done by Tom Seidl and Ervin Stahl and has been getting rave reviews Simonar said.
The Bank of Luxemburg sponsored its production and Insight Creative Services produced it.
There are still photos and narrations along with three interviews of long-lived Luxemburg residents who recall what things were like in years past.
"Their testimonies add that human interest to the historical narration," Simonar said.
The calendar committee was headed by Natalie Montie and Simonar said she was pleased with the quality of the reproduction of the photographs in the calendar as well as the book and DVD.
The calendar provides local trivia. On Christmas day, for example, it says "first rural mail carrier route began in 1905." It also shows that it is Mary Rass and Judy Reckelberg's birthdays. Germaine and Lloyd Wink's anniversary is on Dec. 21. Burdick's Bar started their business on Nov. 28 and has been in business since 1974.
The calendar, DVD and book sell for $10 each or all three for $25. Profits go toward the centennial celebration. They are available at most businesses in town and all Bank of Luxemburg locations. The Kewaunee County Historical Society also has them in Algoma and can be ordered off their Web site.