Looking for a little holiday "get away"?  The New Holstein Historical Society is offering you that opportunity through a visit to the 2015 Timm House Christmas "Land of Oz".

This is a once in a lifetime chance to view a collection of "Oz" related items which have been collected by a NHHS member over a 45 year period.  You won't see this in Kansas, or anywhere else!

As in past Timm House Christmases, the first floor of the restored Victorian residence has undergone a holiday transformation. During the month of December each first floor room is decorated to depict an element of the famous children's book series and hit 1939 movie that introduced us to the "Land of Oz.

The 2015 tour begins in the home's vestibule where a collection of books from the Oz series will be on display.  The parlor will feature an Emerald City theme including the Wizard himself and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Moving from the parlor to the living room will bring visitors to an encounter with many variations of the famous friends, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion.  The lower bedroom decor will be devoted to Dorothy and Toto and the dining room will showcase a collection of Oz related games, puzzles, plates, and other children's toys.

The final room on the tour, the kitchen, will display variations of Munchkin Land layouts and pay homage to the Good Witch.

The Timm House is located at 1600 Wisconsin Avenue in New Holstein and is open for viewing from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27.  Tours are also available at other times, by appointment, through a call to (920) 898-5746.  A tour fee is charged.

Come see the Timm House Christmas "Land of Oz". You'll be blown away!


The Pioneer Corner Museum will host its final tours of the 2015 season on Saturday, October 31.  At 4:00 PM on that date the museum will close the doors and reopen on May 1, 2016.  If you can't squeeze a visit in yet in 2015, plan on visiting early in 2016 to see what's new!

On Oct. 31 the Timm House will also close its door at 4:00 PM, but those doors will only stay closed for a short time.  The historical house will be closed to visitors for the month of November as the home is decorated and prepared for the annual TIMM HOUSE CHRISTMAS.  The home will reopen to visitors on December 5 and be open, in all of its holiday splendor, on the Saturdays and Sundays of December from 1 to 4 PM or by special appointment by calling (920) 898-5746.

Following the holiday season the Timm House will join the Pioneer Corner in a winter closing then 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.

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.


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  www.calumetcountyhistoricalsociety.org   or on facebook at   facebook.com/CalumetHistoricalSociety