Spring is in the air (hopefully) and that means the time is near for the annual New Holstein Historical Society Spring Luncheon.  The event will be held on Saturday, April 11 at the Altona Supper Club in New Holstein.  Doors open at 11:30 with lunch served at noon.

This year the gals from 'Seasons By Design' gift shop, in New Holstein, are returning by popular demand.  Last year's program proved to be so much fun that they were not able to display and discuss everything they brought!  On April 11 they will pick up where they left off in 2014 and introduce other new items that have arrived for spring.  Featured will be the latest in scarf accessories, ponchos, vests, interchangeable sandals, jewelry, and dinnerware.

Invite your friends and relatives and join us for a day of great food, fun and fellowship.  If you and your girlfriends haven't had a "play date" in a while, this is the perfect opportunity!  The $20 ticket includes lunch, program, and door prizes.  New Holstein Historical Society members pay $19 per ticket!  Go to the EVENTS area of this website to view photos of the 2014 event.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at the New Holstein Library, from any historical society board member, or by sending a check to: New Holstein Historical Society, PO Box 144, New Holstein, WI  53061.  For more information, call (920) 894-7137.

2015 Antique Appraisal Day

2015 Antique Appraisal Day
The 2015 edition of the Antiques Appraisal Day is history. Over 40 people braved the blustery weather on Feb. 14 to bring items in for expert appraisal. Others supported the NHHS by coming out for a hot lunch on a cold day. Mark your calendars now for the 2016 event on the second Saturday in February.

The 2015 edition of the Antique Appraisal Day is history.  Over 40 people braved the blustery weather on Feb. 14 to bring in approximately 100 items for expert appraisal.  Other folks supported the NHHS by coming out for a hot lunch on an extremely cold day. Mark your calendars now for the 2016 event, the second Saturday in February.

Dr. Mark Louden was the featured speaker at the recent Annual Meeting.

Dr. Mark Louden was the featured speaker at the recent Annual Meeting.

Highs and Lows of the German Language Are Annual Meeting Topic

Dr. Mark L. Louden was the featured speaker at the January 17 New Holstein Historical Society Annual meeting. Approximately 60 people attended to hear Dr. Louden's presentation on the differences in various German dialects.  A part of the presentation featured recordings made in the late 1960's of four New Holstein residents speaking the dialect they had learned from family members.

Dr, Louden is a faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of German. He is a fluent speaker of Pennsylvania Dutch and has been published  on a number of topics in German-American linguistics, including Low German varieties in Wisconsin.  He also co-directs the UW's Max Kade Institute for German-American studies.

The four New Holstein residents recorded in 1968, Albert Jochimsen, Gretchen Kletzien, Erna Libke, and Waldemar Vollstedt were all recorded speaking Low German.

One of the early facts brought fourth by Dr. Louden was that while the terms High German and Low German are often thought to be related to class stature, this is incorrect.  "High" and "Low" refer to the dialects spoken in the higher (geographically) and lower areas of Germany.  He also pointed out that in the time period around 1848, when many of the early settlers began to arrive in this area, Germany technically did not exist.  Bohemia, Austria, and Prussia were some of the areas, or states, that comprised what we now consider to be Germany.  Many other smaller states such as Schleswig and Holstein were also in the mix. The term "German" actually referred more to the language and the peoples who spoke it than it did to a particular country, state, or area.

In addition to discussing the German language and it's dialects, Dr. Louden also took a moment to comment on the supposed German custom of hiding a pickle (ornament) on the Christmas Tree. "i spend time in Germany each year and have tried to discover how that "tradition" started, but no one in Germany seems to know anything about it," related Dr. Louden, adding, "It seems to be more American than German although in the area of Pomerania (now part of Poland) people are reputed to have a passion for pickling various foods, so maybe there is a link there."

Prior to Dr. Louden's presentation, the business end of the Annual Meeting was conducted.  2014 Annual Meeting minutes were approved and Jerry Hallstrom (3 yr.); Dick Greim (3 yr.); Kay Nett (3 yr.); and Carol Wordell (3 yr.) were all re-elected to NHHS Board  of Directors terms.  Grace Flora was nominated for and subsequently elected to a two year Board term.

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: tethiessen@frontier.com Thanks for your support. We are always interested in hearing your recommendations, comments and suggestions, so please feel free to share them.

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