The New Holstein Historical Society has announced that the Pioneer Corner Museum is now open for the 2014 season.
The traditional Memorial Day weekend opening was delayed until July 12 this year due to facilities upgrades.
The cold winter left its effect on PCM just as it did on many things. A much awaited heating/air conditioning upgrade, which began in 2013 with phase 1, could not move forward into phase 2 due to the cold weather ‘s influence as some of the work requires outside installation as well as inside work.
The late start on the HVAC system combined with construction of a new exhibit and some miscellaneous minor remodeling inside the museum resulted in the decision to push the seasonal opening date out into July. NHHS President Terry Thiessen noted that both the safety and viewing convenience of visitors was taken into account when making the decision.
While the PCM ‘s opening date for 2014 was being delayed, the construction at that site had no impact on open hours at the Timm House, NHHS’s restored Victorian dwelling. The Timm House is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 PM and additional summer hours are in place for tours from 1 to 3 PM on Thursdays and Fridays beginning on Thursday, May 29.

Hallstroms Honored at Annual Meeting (click photo for caption)

Hallstroms Honored at Annual Meeting (click photo for caption)

This Year’s Annual Meeting Program and Luncheon was held on Tuesday, January 14, at the Altona Supper Club beginning at noon with a sit-down lunch. The featured program was a presentation by Mr. Jim Draeger, Wisconsin’s State Preservation Officer. His topic was: Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Bars & Breweries. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans and Jim was forced to cancel due to the weather. His program will be rescheduled for fall of 2014.
During the meeting portion of the event, Board of Director members were elected. Incumbents Terry Thiessen and Donna Schneider were re-elected to a three year term on the Board. Board members Marian Mauer and Herbert Buhl decided not to run for another term on the Board. We congratulate and thank both Marian and Herb for their dedicated service to the Board and the Society. Both will be greatly missed by the Board. However, both indicated that they desire to remain active in various areas of service to the Society. With their departure from Board we are left with two vacancies that need to be filled. If you are interested in finding out more information as to the responsibilities of Board members, please contact Terry Thiessen, 920-898-4100 or
Each year, the Board of Directors of the Society may award the Pioneer Award to a member or member of the Society. The Pioneer Award is a recognition given by the Board of Directors of the Society to an individual or individuals who have demonstrated a high degree of dedication to the Society’s Mission Statement and goals. Again, this year, the Board has decided to present the award to a couple who has given a great deal of their time, talent and treasure in support of the Society. These two individuals have, over the years, responded to every need that comes along. If there is a need for hauling of furniture to and from the storage area or hauling of Christmas trees for the Timm House they are there to help. If there is cleaning to be done at the Pioneer or the Timm House no questions are asked or excuses provided, one or both show up to assist. When help is needed for accessioning, or working on a new vignette, or cleaning and polishing artifacts, we can count of their help. It doesn’t matter if the need is outside or inside one of our properties, help and leadership are provided. Not only do they provide of their time, but they also provide of their talent for organizing, chairing committees, and providing their ideas and suggestions. And, finally, they also provide of their treasure through their generous support of the Society’s financial needs. The 2014 Pioneer Award was presented to Jerry and Helen Hallstrom for their outstanding contributions to the Society.

2014 Antique Appraisal Day Tops All Others

The very successful 2014 Antique Appraisal Day was held on Saturday, February 15. The combination of Antique Appraisal Fees and Food Sales broke an all-time record! This event continues to be a very good fund-raiser for the New Holstein Historical Society. The very first artifact to be appraised turned out to be one of the most interesting. It was a turn-of-the-century whirligig in the shape of a Native American paddling in a canoe. This item, which was in very good shape for its age, was appraised at near $400.00. A total of 206 antiques and collectibles were appraised by two experienced dealers from the Grafton and Jackson area. They ranged from antique furniture, coins, artwork, jewelry, china, silver service, guns, and postcards. Another very historic appraised item was a large book documenting the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. It featured actual photos, which were affixed by the original owner, including several of American athlete Jesse Owens. The New Holstein Public Library provided hundreds of antique reference books that were available to the appraisers, plus individuals that came to have an object reviewed. Many people came just for the late winter brat fry, which also included hamburgers, chili, and home-made pies. Mark your calendar for our 2015 Antique Appraisal Day – Saturday, February 14, 2015, at the New Holstein Community Center, Kiwanis Park.

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.

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Timm House Winter Hours - Saturday & Sunday, 1 - 4 pm
Summer Hours - Saturday & Sunday 1 - 4 pm, Thursday & Friday 1 - 3 pm.
The Pioneer Corner Museum is open on Saturday & Sunday, 1 - 4 pm from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Please note that tours are available at other times by calling 920-898-5746 or 920-948-7748 emailing: Thanks for your support. We are always interested in hearing your recommendations, comments and suggestions, so please feel free to share them.