2017 Appraisal Day is in the Books

Guest appraiser Lee Bernard checks out one of the many interesting items brought in for examination at the New Holstein Historical Society's Annual Antique Appraisal Day held Saturday, March 18 at the New Holstein Community Center.  This particular item, a vintage Lionel Mickey Mouse hand car, was one of the more valuable items appraised by Bernard and fellow appraiser Gordon Kirsten.  Saturday marked the tenth year in a row that the two men have aided the NHHS's fund raising event by serving as the guest appraisers. 

2017 Appraisal Day is in the Books

Annual Spring Luncheon April 1 at Altona

The annual Spring Luncheon will be held Saturday, April 1 at the Altona Supper Club.  "Library, Media Center & Beyond" will be the program presented by D Hankins, New Holstein Public Library director.

The presentation will explore the evolution of libraries from simple repositories of printed materials to the resource centers of today. Libraries serve an important role in our communities, offering interesting and informative programming for a diverse patron base.  The technology explosion of recent years has had the largest impact on the purpose and mission of what we know as the public library.

Determining the needs and wants of the community can be a challenge for the public library and luncheon attendees are invited to share ideas for future programming.

Advance reservations may be made by sending a check, $18.00 for NHHS members and $20.00 for non-members, to the New Holstein Historical Society, PO Box 144, New Holstein, WI  53061.
Reservations must be made by March 25. 

Brat Fry Coming, April 28

Brats and burgers will be flipped, grilled, and sold on Friday, April 28 at Blattner's Piggly Wiggly.  The annual NHHS Spring Brat Fry starts at 10 AM and runs until 6 PM. All proceeds benefit the New Holstein Historical Society.

"Bottoms Up" at Annual Meeting

Architectural historian Jim Draeger of the Wisconsin Historical Society provided a highly interesting and entertaining program for the New Holstein Historical Society's annual meeting held Jan. 21 at the Altona.  Draeger spoke about his book, "Bottoms Up, A Toast to Wisconsin's Bars and Breweries".

Wisconsin is know as a "tavern state" with a high ratio of taverns to grocery stores.  Draeger explained how cultural traditions paved the way for Wisconsin to become a "tavern state", as so many settlers came here from beer drinking countries.

Commissioned by the Wisconsin Historical Society, Draeger traveled Wisconsin researching and photographing historic taverns.  He described the early stagecoach taverns, such as the Wade House, and explained the rise of big brewing, the effects of Prohibition, and the rise of craft brewers, telling intriguing stories along the way.

In addition to researching and writing the book, Draeger has also narrated a PBS video based on the book.  The video can be found by googling PBS Bottoms Up. 

Duo Honored at Annual Meeting

Duo Honored at Annual Meeting

Marian Mauer and Scott Konkle were cited by the New Holstein Historical Society Board of Directors at the Jan. 21 Annual Meeting.  Mauer was presented with the NHHS Pioneer Award and Konkle received the Volunteer of the Year award.

The Pioneer Award is the highest level of recognition and individual can receive from the NHHS.  It is presented, as approved by the Board of Directors, to an individual who has contributed, or is contributing, great effort to preserve and maintain the activities of the NHHS.  In presenting the award to Marian Mauer, the Board cited the many hours she spent working for and supporting the NHHS.  She is also a former Board member, having served nine years in that capacity.  In addition to serving on the Board she has served as a docent at the Timm House and Pioneer Corner Museum, helped with the yearly third grade tour at PC, served as chairperson of the Housekeeping Committee, volunteered time at the brat fries, Night on the Town, baked pies and cookies for events, and used her artistic talents on many table centerpieces for various events.

The Volunteer Award is presented to an individual who has given time and talent to the NHHS.  Scott Konkle has volunteered time to help build new vignettes, help with heavy lifting jobs that need to be done, fried brats and burgers, and generally been willing to help whenever needed.

Hallstrom is New NHHS President

Jerry Hallstrom was elected President of the New Holstein Historical Society at the group's Jan. 21 meeting which followed the 2016 NHHS Annual Meeting.  He succeeds Terry Thiessen who declined to seek re-election to the position.

Hallstrom had served as the NHHS Vice President.  Per the election, Carol Wordell becomes the new VP.  Secretary Kay Nett and Treasurer Richard Griem were re-elected to their respective positions.

In addition to the new officer slate, a new member of the Board of Directors was elected.  Chris Lehner will fill a two year term.  This action took place at the NHHS Annual Meeting.  Joining Lehner on the NHHS Board as re-elected members were incumbents Donna Schneider, Grace Flora, Linda Schneidawind, and Thieissen.

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.

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