The Robert Emmet Society was formed about ten years ago and has taken an active role in the community. Now they are ready to have a permanent home of their own.
The group now holds meetings in the former Emmetsburg Middle School building, in what used to be the office (just inside the East entrance). They are just getting settled in the new location.
Working with building owner Dan Kestersen, the Robert Emmet Society shares space in this building with Girl Scouts and businesses, including Emerald Isle Tattoo and The Glass Shop, and some apartment dwellers.
This is not just a meeting place for the Societiy. There are also plans at this site for an Irish American Museum. Family heritage is to play a part, too. In fact, Sally Brennan has been actively gathering information on local ancestors. If you have information to share, contact Sally. If you have items to give or loan to a museum, contact any member of the Robert Emmet Society.
Discussion has been held among Robert Emmet Society members for a traveling display case of museum items that could be shown in other locations. According to members, there is a website for the Irish American Museum in Albany, NY, and the local group hopes to some day borrow items from them, and loan items to other museums.
The possibilities are endless for the Robert Emmet Society's use of their space in the former middle school building. Bill Henry (Emmetsburg's own Robert Emmet) is credited with initiating the plan to locate there. The group as a whole is working diligently to improve the decor, add shelving and make display areas secure.
The Robert Emmet Society of the St. Pat's Association is dedicated to the preservation of the statue, which stands in the Palo Alto County Courthouse Square; and preserving the heritage of the original settlers, and other nationalities, that came to this county in the mid 1800s.
Emmetsburg is Sister City to Dublin, Ireland. Emmetsburg is home to the annual St. Patrick's Celebration and the St. Pat's Irish Store. Now there are plans for an Irish American Museum in Emmetsburg.
Anyone who would like to be a part of this exciting venture, or become a member of the Robert Emmet Society, can contact any of the following members: Mary Parsons, president; Mary Weiland, secretary; Marilyn Gappa, treasurer; Jo Girard, Cecilia Miller, Mary Ellen Leners, Bill Henry, Sally Brennan, Charlotte Goodlaxson, Liz Culligan, Glenys Duis and Christina Liessmann.
Congratulations, Robert Emmet Society, on your new ventures. And, Thank You to Dan Kestersen for making space available for this new venture.