Author to Speak at NHHS Annual Meeting

  Jim Draeger, co-author of "Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars and Breweries" will be the featured speaker at the New Holstein Historical Society's Annual Meeting on January 21, 2017 at the Altona.  Doors open for lunch at 11 AM and reservations are required.  The event is also open to the public.

     Draeger is an "architectural historian" and serves as the Wisconsin Historical Society's  State Historical Preservation Officer.  In addition to "Bottoms Up", he has also co-authored the bool "Filler Up" documenting Wisconsin's historic gas stations.  Both books have also become the subjects of Wisconsin Public Television documentaries.

     "Bottoms Up" showcases the architecture and history of 70 Wisconsin breweries and bars.  Beginning with inns and saloons, the book explores the rise of breweries, the development of megabreweries, and the reemergence of microbreweries.  It also touches on the effects of temperance and Prohibition.

     Reservations may be made by calling (920) 948-7748 by January 16.  Lunch will be served at approximately 12 noon with Draeger's presentation to follow.

     The NHHS annual business meeting will follow Draeger's presentation.

Timm House and PC Closed for the Season

  The Timm House and Pioneer Corner Museum are now both closed for the winter.  Both locations will reopen on May 6, 2017.  Hours will be from 1 to 4 PM on every Saturday and Sunday from May through October 2017.

Antique Appraisal Day is March 18, 2017 

Start looking through those boxes in the basement and the back of the closet for your carefully preserved treasures.
Saturday, March 18 is the day you can find out what they might be worth, or for that matter, what they are.

    More details regarding time and location will be forthcoming.

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.

Mysteries Author was Keynote Speaker at NHHS 2015 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 or on Facebook at

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: 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   or on facebook at