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.  

154 Items Viewed on  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.
154 Items Viewed on  Appraisal Day

Inside the house

HONORED AT 2017 NHHS ANNUAL GATHERING

Three New Holstein Historical Society members were honored at the Nov. 4 Annual Meeting.  Debbie and Dick Griem were recipients of the Pioneer Award for continued service to the NHHS and Herb Buhl was honored as NHHS Volunteer of the Year.  Deb and Dick are longtime NHHS members who have served in many capacities.  Deb currently co-ordinates the docent schedule for both the Timm House and Pioneer Corner Museum.  In addition to his current NHHS position as Treasurer, Dick has held other offices and has provided the plans and design for many of the vignettes at PC Museum, as well as supervising and aiding in the vignette construction.  In announcing Herb Buhl as Volunteer of the Year, NHHS President Jerry Hollstrom praised Herb's willingness to help and commended him on his ability to accomplish most tasks.  "Herb's the man with the tools," said Jerry.  "He either has them or knows where to get them." 
HONORED AT 2017 NHHS ANNUAL GATHERING
Jessie Garcia tells the NHHS Annual meeting audience about  Alvin Kraenzlein, an athlete from Wisconsin, who won four individual gold medals in the 1900 Olympic games in Paris and earned the sobriquet, "The Father of the Modern Hurdling Technique".  Kraenzlein was one of the athletes featured in Garcia's book "Going for Wisconsin Gold".

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.

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