Descendants of the first migrants of Luxembourg heritage to settle in northwest Iowa dedicated a mural Sunday, which depicts their move from St Donatus (doe-NOT-us) in eastern Iowa 150 years ago. Amber Hanson designed the mural. She’s an art professor, and a descendant of those first migrants.
She says the mural represents her connection with her family’s past.
Ric Hanson, president of the Northwest Iowa Luxemburg Heritage Society, describes the first migration there in 1870.
The mural is on one of the buildings in downtown Alton. The Luxembourg Heritage Society of Northwest Iowa had a 150th celebration planned for this spring, but coronavirus caused them to cancel the event. Instead, the celebration has been rescheduled to June 5 and 6 of next year.
Image from Northwest Iowa Luxemburg Heritage Society Facebook Page.