Timm House to be closed Sat., Dec. 8
On Saturday, Dec. 8, the Timm, House will be closed, due to the funeral of our friend, and NHHS board member, Ginny Curry. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please visit the Timm House on one of the other "open" dates
Twil Be "The Night Before Christmas" at the Timm House
For three weekends in December, it will be the "Night Before Christmas" at the New Holstein Historical Society's Timm House. The restored Victorian home will be decorated for 2018 Christmas in a motif from the popular Christmas poem written in 1823 by Clement Clark Moore.
Come and see scenes from the timeless Christmas poem and listen to the joyous sounds of Christmas carols played on the Timm family's original 1894 Steinway Box Grand piano. The home will be open for viewing on Friday, November 30 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The same hours will be observed on Dec. 7,8, & 9 and Dec. 14, 15 & 16. Admission is $5.00 for age 13 and above and $2.50 for ages 6 to 12.
Moore's original name for the poem was "A Visit from St. Nicholas", but over time has become more widely known by "Twas the Night Before Christmas", taken from the composition's opening line. The poetic work has been credited with helping to develop many of the conceptions of Santa Claus as he evolved from the early 1800's to today's Jolly Old Elf. The use of and naming of Santa's reindeer may also have sprang from this poem into common usage. The original work named all of the reindeer using the Dutch spellings such as Dunder and Blixem rather than the more common(German) spellings used today, Donder and Blitzen.
The idea of Santa carrying a large bag filled with toys for the stockings of good little girls and boys also gained traction from the poem's story and helped direct Christmas toward a more child center holiday. The poem, itself, was very child centered as Moore originally penned it for his own children.
In addition to the regularly scheduled ope hours above, appointments to visits at other times may be scheduled by calling 920-898-5746.
State Historical Society Curator to Speak at NHHS Annual Meeting on Nov. 10 at Altona
Leslie Bellias, Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, will be 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 will be held on Saturday, November 10 at the Altona Supper Club in New Holstein. Doors will open at 11:00 AM with the meal to begin at noon. Ms. Bellias' address will follow the luncheon and the annual business meeting will follow her presentation.
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 will focus 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.
Cost for the luncheon is $20.00 per person. Reservations and payment at due by November 1, 2018. Names of persons attending and luncheon fee may be sent to: TREASURER, NEW HOLSTEIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, PO BOX 144, NEW HOLSTEIN, WI 53061.
Timm House and PC Museum To Close for 2018 Season on Oct. 28
The Timm House and Pioneer Corner Museum will close for the 2018 season at the end of the day on October 28.. Both locations will reopen on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM beginning with the first Saturday of May 2019.
The Timm House will be open for the annual "Timm House Christmas" for the month of December 2018. Please see the article relating to "Timm House Christmas" on this website.
Wisconsin Author Tells Tales of Wisconsin Athletes at NHHS Annual Meeting
Wisconsin author Jessie Garcia gave a spirited presentation as the featured speaker at the 2017 New Holstein Historical Society Annual Meeting held Nov. 4 at the Altona. Approximately 60 attendees listened as Ms. Garcia provided historic data and anecdotes about athletes covered in her three books, "Going for Wisconsin Gold", biographies and stories of Wisconsin athletes who participated in the Olympic games; "My Life with the Green and Gold", stories gathered from 20 years as a sideline reporter during Green Packer games and as host of the Mike McCarthy Show; and "No Stone Unturned" the story of a Wisconsin Olympic athlete and his sister who struggled to conquer cancer.
The author was the first female to be named to a position as a Wisconsin TV sportscaster. She also spoke about growing up as a non-athlete and suddenly discovering that she wanted to tell the stories of those who do compete in various sports, then having to learn about sports at the same time as she, as a female, worked her way into the forefront of a previously male dominated profession.
In a short meeting prior to Ms. Garcia's address, NHHS members elected incumbent NHHS Board members Dick Griem, Jerry Hallstrom, Kay Nett, and Carol Wordell to new three year terms.
At the November NHHS monthly meeting that followed the annual meeting, Hallstrom was re-elected NHHS President, Wordell was re-elected NHHS vice president, Nett was re-elected NHHS secretary, and Griem was re-elected treasurer for 2018.