2019 Antiques Appraisal Day, March 16

The 2019 edition of the New Holstein Historical Society's Antiques Appraisal Day is scheduled for March 16.  The event will once again be held at the New Holstein Community Center from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Certified appraisers will be on hand to identify and appraise objects brought to the event.

Back in 2019 as guest appraisers are Gordon Kirsten and Lee Bernard, both veterans of the event.  Kirsten and wife, Judy, own and operate Gordon's Antiques, a 5000 sq. ft. shop in Grafton, WI.  He is a former member of the board of directors of the Wisconsin Antique Dealers Association (WADA).  Bernard and his wife Roxann operate Bernard's Antiques in Jackson, WI.  He is a former vice president of the WADA and currently functions as chairman of the educational exhibit at WADA's twice annual show and is in charge of reviewing all show antique displays.  The WADA is the oldest continuously functioning state antiques organization in the US.

  Appraisal fee is $5.00 per item, three items for $10.00, or for NHHS members, 4 items for $10.00.  Brats, burgers, chili, and homemade pie(s) will also be available for purchase.

This is one of the NHHS's main fund raising events.  All proceeds from the event are used by the NHHS for the identification and preservation of New Holstein and related area historical objects and structures.

Even if you don't have an item to be appraised, spectators are welcome to pull up a chair, enjoy some food and watch the interesting items brought in for evaluation.

Zimmer is Annual Luncheon Speaker for 2019 Event on April 6

Nature and garden writer, Rob Zimmer is the featured speak at the NHHS's April 6 Annual Luncheon.  The event is to be held at the Altona Supper Club.

Zimmer's topic will be "What's New in Gardening for 2019".  The speaker is an award winning nature and garden author, columnist, photographer, and radio host who has written for many newspapers throughout the state.  He is the author of several books, "Voices of the Wind: Four Seasons in Wild Wisconsin" and "Wild Seasons: The Beauty of Native Wildflowers".  His radio broadcast, "Outdoors with Rob Zimmer" can be heard on WHBY.
Photos and feature stories by Zimmer have appeared in magazines such as Wisconsin Gardening, Wisconsin Sportsman, and Country Journal.

Doors open for the April 6 luncheon at 11 AM and lunch is served at noon with Zimmer's address to follow.  Cost for the luncheon is $18 per person for NHHS members and $20 per person for non members.  Reservations are required and can be made by sending name and payment to New Holstein Historical Society, PO Box 144, New Holstein, Wi  53061 prior to March 28.  For additional information, please contact Kay at (920) 464-0516.  

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

Nv seashore painting   1912

Timm House and PC Museum To Open for 2019 Season on May 4

The Timm House and Pioneer Corner Museum are now closed, but both locations will reopen on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM beginning on May 4, 2019.

Both locations will then be open on Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 4 PM, all weekends thru October 27, 2019.

Appointments for tours at times other than the regular weekend hours may be made by calling (920) 948-7748 or (920) 898-5746.

The Timm House will be open for the annual "Timm House Christmas" for the month of December 2019.  

Annual Meeting Notes from Nov. 10, 2018 Meeting

New Holstein Historical Society incumbent directors Ginny Curry and Greg Hageman were re-elected to three year terms at the NHHS Annual Meeting held Nov. 10.  Former NHHS director Barbara Weber rejoined the Board as she was also elected to a three year term.

At the regular NHHS November meeting that convened following the Annual Meeting, current NHHS officers Jerry Hollstrom, President; Carol Wordell, Vice-president; Dick Griem, Treasurer; and Kay Nett, Secretary, were all re-elected for the 2019 term.
Leslie Bellias, of the Wisconsin State Historical Society, was the featured speaker at the 2018 NHHS Annual Meeting on Nov. 10.

State Historical Society Curator was Featured Speaker at NHHS Annual Meeting on Nov. 10 at Altona

Leslie Bellias, Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, was the guest speaker at the New Holstein Historical Society's Annual Meeting.  Her topic will be "OVER HERE: THE WISCONSIN HOMEFRONT IN WORLD WAR 1".

The Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Altona Supper Club in New Holstein.

In the time following the United States' entry into the foray of World War 1, Wisconsin began to receive dubious attention as America's "Traitor State". With a large percentage of citizens of German descent, a staunch anti-war advocate in the person of Senator Robert Lafollette, and a very active Socialist party operating within the state, some sections of the country formulated some doubts about Wisconsin's collective loyalty.
Ms. Bellais' address focused on the ways Wisconsinites exhibited loyalty and patriotism while coping with the tense atmosphere that existed within and around the state during the 18 months the US was actively involved in World War 1.

Ms. Bellias' presentation highlighted key figures such as Wisconsin Governor Emanual Philipp, "preparedness advocate" Wheeler Bloodgood, and Wisconsin's anti-war advocate and Senator, Robert Lafollette.   

Inside the house

154 Items Seen by Appraisers at 2018  Appraisal Day

Guest appraiser Gordon Kirsten looks over a John F. Kennedy presidential campaign poster that was one of the items brought to the NHHS's 2018 Appraisal Day fund raiser.  The poster included Kennedy autographs.  Next year's event will take place on March 16, 2019.
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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.

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