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Last week, I sat down with Heidi Wiechert to tell the story of Emma Romeiser Pannes… today the story went live. It is accompanied by a video interview with Derik Holtmann that narrates a bit of her and John’s life set against the backdrop of what they’re most known for: that they died on the Hindenburg.

This has been an incredible experience and I am so grateful that both Heidi and Derik were so thorough. My fear in all of this is that I would miss something or not do Emma and John justice… I shouldn’t have worried about that. The BND honored them both in such a real way.

Here is the link to the story. I hope you’ll share it.

If you found my blog through the story, welcome! Please scroll through the archives to check out my other posts. We’ve tried to mix it up with home renovation projects, historical research, and introducing the original family. We also document our day to day on Instagram. Give us a follow @thebrickandmaple!

Thank you to everyone at the Belleville News Democrat for this incredible story!

2 Responses

  1. This is an amazing piece of history that’s connected to your home; I’m sure it’s an honor for you to bring the family’s story to light so it’s not forgotten. It’s so important to keep history alive!

    I recently stumbled across your blog from a random post on Instagram where you mentioned your home and location. I have a deep love for the past and old homes as well.

    We live about an hour north from Belleville in Carlinville and have a brick Victorian from 1864. We have some history of the home and original owners which we display but unfortunately not much. I do not have your talent for design and decor (at all!) but I’m inspired by your posts to pick up a paintbrush and do some projects. It’s a pleasure to read and see pictures from someone with similar interests.

    Congrats on the move to your breathtaking home; I look forward to keeping up with your posts!

    1. Jessica, thank you so much for your incredibly kind words! Yes- it’s an absolute honor to help immortalize the Romeisers in this way. There’s so few family members left that if we don’t tell their stories soon, there won’t be anyone left to tell them.

      I’m SO glad to have you as a reader!! Your support means the world to me. Thank you thank you thank you! <3

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