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Rudolph in many characterizations will greet visitors during the 2019 Timm House Christmas.

Rudolph is 2019 TH Christmas Theme

While the New Holstein Historical Society's "Gramma Clown" exhibit recently concluded at the end of October, another red-nosed character will soon be popping up at a NHHS facility.  "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" is the theme for the 2019 NHHS Timm House Christmas.

2019 is the 80th anniversary of Robert Lewis May's 1939 story which introduced Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer as the ninth member of Santa's vaunted sleigh pulling team.  The story was published by the Montgomery Ward department store.  It popularized Rudolph as he turned what was initially thought to be a deformity into a highly useful attribute that enabled Santa to complete his appointed rounds on Christmas Eve night.  2019 is also the 70th anniversary of Gene Autry's singing rendition of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" which was the Number One hit single record during the 1949 Christmas season.

The 2019 Timm House Christmas will feature all of the restored Victorian home's downstairs rooms decorated with specific Rudolph artifacts and other Christmas decor related to the famous reindeer.  Local musicians will also be on hand to play Christmas carols on the Timm family's 1894 Steinway Box Grand piano.  And, as always, there will be something tasty in the Timm House kitchen.  Plan now to make a Timm House visit part of the coming Christmas season!

Dates for the self-guided Timm House Christmas tours begin with Friday, November 29; Saturday, Nov. 30; and Sunday, December.  Tours continue on Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22.  Friday hours are 5 to 8 pm.  Saturday and Sunday hours are from 11 am to 3 pm.  Admission for ages 13 and over is $5.00, age six to 12 is $2.50 and five and under are admitted at no charge.
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Depies is Volunteer of the Year

Bob Depies, right, was named the New Holstein Historical Society Volunteer of the Year for 2019.  Making the award plaque presentation is NHHS President Jerry Hallstrom, left.  Starting in the spring, Depies began dismantling the wrought iron fence that borders the Timm House property on Railroad Street and Wisconsin Avenue then had the fencing sections stripped and black powder coated at Professional Plating in Brillion.  Following the powder coating process Depies reinstalled the fencing on the Timm House property with the last piece in place at Summer's end.  The fencing looks GREAT and should continue to do so for many years.   

Board Members Re-elected at Meeting

Four current NHHS members of the Board of Directors were re-elected to three year terms at the 2019 Annual Meeting held Nov. 9.  Grace Flora, Donna Schneider, Linda Schneidewind, and Terry Thiessen were all unanimously re-elected to serve another three year term.  At the regular November NHHS board meeting which followed the annual meeting, President Jerry Hallstrom, Vice president Carol Wordell, Secretary Kay Nett, and Treasurer Dick Griem were all re-elected to their offices for one year terms.
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Bernstein Recognized

Recently retired Wisconsin Historical Society Field Service Rep Rick Bernstein (pictured above) was recognized as a "friend of the New Holstein Historical Society" at the recent NHHS Annual Meeting.  Bernstein, who retired after serving the WHS for 29 years, was presented with an honorary membership in the NHHS.  In making the presentation, former NHHS President Terry Thiessen noted that Bernstein had provided assistance to the NHHS numerous times "over the years".  "When we had a question, or needed help, Rick was there to get us an answer or provide  that assistance," commented Thiessen, adding, "He will be missed." 
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Royal Housekeeper Appears at NHHS Annual Meeting

Impressionist Jessica Michna was the guest "speaker" at the 2019 New Holstein Historical Society Annual Meeting held Nov. 9 at the Altona.  Ms. Michna portrayed Margaret Cummins,  mid 1800's head housekeeper at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.  She instructed the "staff" (the audience) on the nuances of showing proper respect while performing their daily duties when Queen Victoria and the Royal Family came to stay at Balmoral for the Christmas season.  Ms. Michna also shared insights as to how the "Royals" would expect to be treated during their stay.  This was the third appearance, at a NHHS event, for Ms. Michna.  She had previously portrayed Mary Todd Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt for NHHS audiences.

Pioneer Corner Museum Closed for Season

As of Sunday, October 27 the NHHS Pioneer Corner Museum is closed for the winter months.  The museum will reopen for 2020 on Saturday, May 2.

A Nic Vollstedt Original

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Nic Vollstedt, Early NH  Artist

Many of you, who are familiar with the early history of New Holstein, have heard the name Nic Vollstedt.  Vollstadt was a "meat cutter".  He opened a meat market in New Holstein in 1855 and his family continued in the business for many years thereafter.  What many folks didn't realize is that Vollstedt was also a prolific artist.

The New Holstein resident drew and painted, creating numerous pieces of artwork that became the property of his children, grandchildren, and their children.  Other relatives and close friends were also recipients of Vollstedt originals.

Vollstedt enjoyed painting scenes much like European landscape artists might have created.  He conversed with the Native American population in the area to learn which plants and barks could be used to create pigments for his work.  Just about any surface that was available became a medium for a Vollstadt painting.  Pieces of wood, press board, canvass, cardboard, and even card stock ship labels served as surfaces for his artistry.

Along with his work as a butcher and his leisure time as an artist, Vollstedt was also a prolific storyteller.  His granddaughter, Mary Vollstedt Hipke, related a memory of her excitement in hurrying to the market after school each day where her grandfather would await the arrival of his grandchildren then tell them a story of his creation.  In addition to telling the story, Vollstedt would use charcoal to make sketches that depicted the tale being told.  Unfortunately, none of these sketches are known to exist today.

While the charcoal sketches may no longer exist, many of Vollstedt's paintings do.  Vollstedt's great granddaughter, Honey Hipke Leibham and her husband John, are trying to locate current owners of Vollstedt paintings.  The NHHS collection contains three examples of his works and various other local residents have come forward with information on pieces they own.  If you, or someone you know, has one or more of Nic Vollstedt's works, Honey and John would like to speak with you.  They can be reached at hjleibham@gmail.com or 920-898-4928.

Vollstedt signed and dated most of his works, usually in the bottom left or right corner with a "NV" and the year it was done.  Some works also are titled.

The NHHS is working with the Leibhams with a goal of locating enough of the Vollstedt paintings that a gallery showing of the works could be held in the near future.  The NHHS would also like to compile a photo catalog of all existing known Vollstedt works.

A Vollstedt Seascape from 1912

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Gun Powder Keg Appraised at Event

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The small gunpowder keg pictured at left was one of the items appraised at the 2019 New Holstein Historical Society's Appraisal Day.  Due to the keg still containing some amount of  powder, the keg was appraised from photographes.
It is thought that the keg was probably manufactured by hand at the Hazard Power Company in Hazard, Conn. in the mid 1800's.  The powder company had its own cooperage which manufactured the kegs for shipping the gunpowder.  This small keg was thought to be one of the company's "15 pounders".  The keg was manufactured of wood slats and bound together by wooden bindings, possibly made of soaked and steamed willow.  The finished keg also sported a wooden screw, or bung, which could be opened to get powder out of the keg.  The manufacture of gunpowder was big business in the mid 1800's as the Crimean War, the building of the transcontinental railroad and the initiation of stockpiling arsenals within the US all spurred demand. 

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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.

Hours
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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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