May FREE Days at Timm House and Pioneer Corner Museum

History Week in Wisconsin is being noted this year from May 16 to 22.  Each year the week celebrates Wisconsin heritage through architecture and archeology.  As part of the celebration the New Holstein Historical Society will open the Timm House and Pioneer Corner Museum on May 21 and 22 with no admission charge.  The two sites will be open from 1 PM to 4 PM on both days.

The Timm House is a splendid restoration of a Stick Victorian style home with its interior two floors decorated in the time period of 1895 to 1905.  The home features many original furnishings that belonged to the builders and original owners H.C. and Agatha Timm.

The Pioneer Corner Museum features artifacts and scenes from early New Holstein.  2016 will herals the opening of the new "General Store" exhibit on the "streets of Old New Holstein."  In the museum's South Gallery two new temporary exhibits will open. One is entitled "The Furniture Connection" depicting the story of A.A. Laun in New Holstein and Kiel.  The second exhibit is a remembrance of Grandma Clown and the Diner Clowns.

Don't miss this FREE opportunity to explore New Holstein's historic sites on these special days.

Timm House and Pioneer Corner to Open for 2016 on May 1

The winter's dust is being banished, the floors are being swept and the Timm House and Pioneer Corner Museum will soon be ready to receive visitors.  Both locations will open for the 2016 season on May 1.  Doors are open from 1 to 4 PM on Saturday and Sundays or during the week by special appointment (call 920-948-7748).

The visiting season runs from the first weekend in May through the last weekend in October for both locations and the Timm House is also open in December for the annual Timm House Christmas. Admission is charged.

Plan now on visiting both locations in 2016 to see what's new!


NHHS at Wade House for History Expo on May 21

The New Holstein Historical Society will be one of the exhibitors at the "2016 Local History Expo" on Saturday, May 21 at the Wade House Historic Site.  Along with the NHHS, approximately one dozen other area historical societies will set up exhibit booths at the event.  Each of the booths will be manned by a society representative, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM,, to answer questions and provide information about individual society programs and events.

In addition to the society booths, two extraordinary collections, rarely available for public viewing, will be on display at this event.
Ralph Heidemann will be exhibiting a collection of handcrafted tabletop, historic model motors and tractors that operate model farm machinery.  His display will be in the Visitor Center lobby and will include a model threshing machine, an elevator, and many more objects.  Several model historic buildings finish off the collection.

Charlie Bauer has built tabletop models of more than two dozen area historic structures, in cut away format, to show the early construction facets of these important buildings.  His display includes historical documentation, extensive measurements of details, and video documentation of the historical structures. Bauer's display will be in the Chestnut Room.

A special program for the event will feature an appearance by Mary Todd Lincoln, as portrayed by professional actress and historian Jessica Michna.  Ms. Michna will deliver a performance in the entrance area of the Carriage Museum, once in the morning and reprise in the afternoon.  She will also visit the Wade House between Visitor Center performances.  In addition to Mrs. Lincoln, Ms. Michna has developed performances for several additional first ladies and other well known women of American history.

The History Expo will include period music, food in the Butternut Cafe, and a "brat fry" in the Walnut Room of the Visitor Center throughout the day.  Visitors may also tour the Jung Carriage Museum and hop a ride on a horse drawn carriage to tour the Wade House, blacksmith shop, and sawmill.  There is an admission charge for the event.

Annual Bus Tour Heads to Baraboo in 2016

Who doesn't like a circus?  The Spring Bus Tour offers an opportunity to spend a day basking in the aura and majesty of the "Greatest Show on Earth" as the destination for 2016 is Baraboo, WI.

On Thursday, June 16 the New Holstein Historical Society's bus tour will head to Wisconsin's Circus City to learn about and enjoy the two of the world's primary circus attractions.  The story of the Ringling Brothers Circus of Baraboo is legendary and on full display throughout the community.  The day will begin with a tour of the the historic Al Ringling Mansion.  This spectacular red stone mansion was built in 1905 as the home of the legendary showman, Al Ringling.  He was the eldest of the five famous Ringling brothers.  The Circus was at its peak when the home was built and that will be evident when visitors view lavish original furnishings, amazing hand carved woodwork, leaded glass, ornate murals, and hand-decorated ceilings of the mansion.  Displays on the mansion itself and the lives of the Ringling family are also featured at the site.

The day's lunch stop will be the Driftless Glen Cafe.  The menu will offer a choice of one of the following:  BURGER (steak burger with smoked cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion and includes a pasta salad); BBQ PORK PANINI (Grilled pork tenderloin sliced thin and tossed with Rivershine BBQ sauce, topped with caramelized onions and smoked cheddar cheese, and includes a pasta salad); CHOPPED SALAD (blend of chopped Bibb lettuce and hearts of Romaine tossed in Ranch dressing with candied Nueske's bacon, hearts of palm, heirloom tomato, red onion, watermelon radish, and Feta cheese. Sprinkled with cocoa nibs and Vermont maple balsamic reduction).  Coffee, tea, or milk accompanies the meal.

Following lunch, the highlight of the day will be a visit to Circus World Museum and all of its wonderful circus related displays, performances, and treats.  Acrobats, jugglers, circus animals, and clowns will bring the "greatest show" to life in all new Big Top  Shows.  New for 2016 is Tiger Adventures featuring majestic royal Bengal tigers.  There will also be tours of the world's largest circus wagon collection, a carousel, the original Ringling Bros Circus buildings, demonstrations, and fascinating new exhibits.

The comfortable Nichols' Five Star Coach will be available for boarding at 7:00 AM with departure planned for 7:15 AM.  Return time to New Holstein, at the end of the day, will be approximately 6:30 PM.  The tour fee of $85 for NHHS members, or $90 for non-members, includes coach fare, lunch, admission to both attractions, snacks on the bus, and all gratuities.  Space is limited, so please reserve a seat as soon as possible so that you do not miss this great opportunity.  Checks can be mailed to: Bus Tour, New Holstein Historical Society, PO Box 144, New Holstein, WI  53061.  Please note your lunch menu choice when making your reservation.  Full refund will be made only if entire trip is cancelled.  Partial refund is available if you need to cancel prior to June 10. 

Author Kathleen Ernst holds a Norwegian ale bowl. While this particular ale bowl was recently crafted, a historical version is a central object in her first historical mystery "Old World Murder.

Wisconsin Author Speaks at NHHS Annual Meeting

Author Kathleen Ernst, author of the Chloe Ellefson historic mystery series, was the keynote speaker at the New Holstein Historical Society Annual Meeting on January. 23 at the Altona.
There are six Chloe mysteries published to date and a seventh will appear later this year.  All of the books either take place in Wisconsin, or have a Wisconsin connection.

Ms. Ernst grew up "out East", but migrated to Wisconsin, post-college, for a six month internship.  "And I just never left," she related.  The internship was at the historical site Old World Wisconsin and eventually the experience turned into a 12 year career as an OWW curator.  The first of the Chloe books is titled "Old World Murder" and introduces Chloe Ellefson as a curator at Old World Wisconsin.  Ms. Ernst's historical mysteries combine factual locations and objects with fictitious characters and events.
The author explained, to those in attendance, that when she was a child her mother planned vacations around stops at various locations, many with a historical feature. and encouraged she and her sisters to research the planned stops before hand so they knew what they might see and understand why it was significant.  She credits these experiences as being a catalyst for her love of history and storytelling.

After her 12 year stint at Old World Wisconsin, Ms. Ernst moved on to write naratives for feature segments on public television.  Many of these productions were historical in nature and focused on events, people, and places in Wisconsin. During this time period she was also a self titled "part-time"author.  That title has now been reduced to simply "author" and in addition to the six (and don't forget the seventh on the way) Chloe books, Ms. Ernst has written two-non fiction books and many books for the American Girl series.  In all, she counts over 30 published works.

More information about the Chloe Ellefson mysteries, as well as about Ms. Ernst herself, may be found at or on Facebook at

In the business portion of the annual meeting NHHS President Terry Thiessen gave a short report on NHHS activities in the past year.  He thanked those in attendance and others who were not able to be present for their support of the NHHS both through volunteer help and monetary assistance.  He also shared NHHS goals for 2016.

Three board member were elected during the meeting.  Incumbents Ginny Curry and Greg Hageman were re-elected and Donna Heus was elected as a new member to the board.  Incumbent director Barb Weber had declined to run for re-election and President Thiessen thanked her for her years of service on the Board and to the NHHS in general.  A fourth board position is still open as another incumbent, Helen Hallstrom recently announced her resignation.  Helen's many contributions to the NHHS were also noted by Thiessen. Anyone who might be interested in filling that position is asked to contact Thiessen or one of the other NHHS board members.

Thanks for your interest in the New Holstein Historical Society

Thanks for visiting the New Holstein Historical Society's website. Our website continues to change as information and features are added to the website in an attempt to present a useful, comprehensive and centralized source for New Holstein's history and the activities that celebrate that history.

Our Society, formed in 1961, owns two facilities. The Pioneer Corner Museum houses a variety of collections that highlight the history of New Holstein and its surrounding areas. There is always something new at the Pioneer since we add new displays, exhibits and vignettes each year. One visit is never enough!

The Timm House Historic Site represents a time period of from 1898 - 1905. The total restoration of the property (interior and exterior) was completed in 2007 at a cost of $1.25 million. The Society is sincerely greatful to The Jeffris Family Foundation for a $562,000 matching grant. Without this help the project would never have been completed and the home would have been lost.

Please explore our website and enjoy the articles and information that you will find.

The Timm House is open from 1 to 4 PM on Saturdays and Sundays from the first weekend of May through the last weekend of October.  It is also open for the Timm House Christmas in December.  Exact dates and times for the Timm House Christmas appear elsewhere on this website.

The Pioneer Corner Museum is open from 1 to 4 PM  on Saturdays and Sundays from the first weekend of May through the final weekend of October.

Please note that tours are available at other times by calling 920-898-5746 or emailing: Thanks for your support. We are always interested in hearing your recommendations, comments and suggestions, so please feel free to share them.


After you have experienced the Timm House and Pioneer Corner Museum please continue your historical tour of the area by visiting our friends at The Calumet County Historical Society Museum, five miles north at Irish Road, just off Hwy 57.  For a preview, check the CCHS out at   or on facebook at