A "Frosty" Timm House Christmas

Fall is in full swing, there is a chill in the air, and Christmas is just around the corner.  Make a visit to the New Holstein Historical Society's Timm House part of your holiday plan.  The theme for 2016 is "Frosty at the Timm House".

A blizzard of Frosty snowmen is currently sweeping across the Timm House's lower rooms.  The entire first floor will be decorated with an array of snowmen and snowman artifacts.  Snowman themed Christmas trees are sprouting in most of the rooms and snowman treats are being assembled for snacking in the historic home's kitchen.  This is an opportunity to view the restored Victorian home's already impressive furnishings and get your "Frosty fix" at the same time.

The Timm House will be open for viewing on Saturdays and Sundays starting November 26 and running through December 18th.  Hours are from 1:00 to 4:00 PM except for the date of Sunday, Dec. 11 when open hours will be 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There will also be a special opening from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, Dec. 2 which will feature Christmas songs and music performed by the Leverenz family.  Special tours may be arranged for non-weekend days by calling (920) 948-7748.

Admission to "Frosty at the Timm House" is $5.00 per person age 13 and older and $2.50 for children age 6 to 12.  Children age five and under are free.  A special selection of New Holstein afghans will also be available for purchase at $20.00 each.  Don't miss this opportunity to spend a little holiday time in a home where Christmas has been celebrated for almost 150 years.   

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 www.kathleenernst.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/kathleenernst.author.

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: 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