The New Holstein Historical Society's Annual Antique Appraisal Day date has moved from February to March.  The 2016 date is March 19.
More details are forthcoming.

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.


The Pioneer Corner Museum hosted its final tours of the 2015 season on Saturday, October 31.  At 4:00 PM on that date the museum closed the doors and will reopen on May 1, 2016.  Plan on visiting early in 2016 to see what's new!

On Oct. 31 the Timm House also closed its door sat 4:00 PM, but those doors stayed closed for only a short time. The home reopened to visitors on December 5 hosting the Timm House Christmas, in all of its holiday splendor, on the Saturdays and Sundays of December from 1 to 4 PM or through special appointments by calling (920) 898-5746.

Following the holiday season the Timm House joined the Pioneer Corner in a winter closing and will reopen on May 1, 2016.

Spring Bus Tour Visited Oshkosh Sites

This year's Spring bus tour returned to the Paine Center in Oshkosh.  Tour participants previously had the opportunity to view the Paine's wonderful Christmas season Nutcracker display.  On June 22, 2015 the Spring NHHS bus tour returned to the Paine Center to enjoy a morning guided tour of the Paine Mansion which included a viewing of "The Gowns of Downton Abby" exhibit. The Paine Center is one of the North American sites to host the exhibit which showcases gowns worn by actresses in the wildly popular PBS television series.  The Tour also included a stroll through the fascinating Paine Gardens.

From the Paine Center the tour headed to Fratellos Waterfront Restaurant and Brewery, in Oshkosh, for lunch.  The lunch featured a choice of the following sandwiches: Turkey Pesto (shaved turkey with spinach, pesto mayonnaise, avocado & Monterrery Jack cheese on a ciabatta bun); BBQ Pork (roasted BBQ pork with BBQ sauce and red onions on a ciabatta bun); or Cheesy Burger (ground chuck beef topped with spinach, tomatoe, and onion on a fresh roll).

After lunch the tour continuesdonward to another noted Oshkosh site, the EAA Museum.  The after noon tour included a guided tour of the main museum exhibits and time to explore specialty areas of individual interest.


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 which will be held on March 19.

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