Celebrate the arrival of spring with the New Holstein Historical Society at the annual Spring Luncheon on Saturday, April 14 at the Altona Supper Club.  Sue Mathews, Sheboygan County Master Gardener will be the featured speaker.

Ms. Gardener will share tips on the basics of garden design and detail some of the factors that contribute to the emergence of a beautiful flower garden.  The presentation will feature photos of the design and planting of the UWEX-Sheboyan's Courtyard Entry Garden and illustrate basic garden design principles used there with an explanation of how those design principles can help home gardeners plan their own grand displays.

The luncheon opens at 11:30 for sign in and visiting with lunch served at 12 noon. Ms. Gardener's presentation will follow the lunch.  Cost is $20 per person for non-NHHS members and $18 for members.  Reservations must be made by April 6 and can be sent to NHHS, PO Box 144, New Holstein, WI 53061.  Include name of attendee(s), phone number, and check for the correct amount.
For more information call 920-464-0516.   


The 2018 edition of the New Holstein Historical Society's annual Antique Appraisal Day will take place on March 17 at the New Holstein Community Center.  Dig out your family treasures, dust them off, and bring them in for the answers to questions on age, value, and history.  The event kicks off at 9:00 AM and runs until 3:00 PM.  Two experienced antique dealers will be on hand to appraise your items.

A bonus to the appraisal event is the occurrence of one of the season's first  Brat & Hamburger Fry Outs.  Food is available starting at 10:00 Am and included the aforementioned brats and burgers as well as both red and white chili. homemade pies and refreshments.

Back as appraisers in 2018 are Gordon Kirsten and Lee Bernard.
These two gentlemen have been aiding the NHHS in their annual event for the past decade.  Kirsten and his wife Judy operate a 5000 sq.ft antique shop north of Grafton, WI.  He has been in business for over 40 years and is known as an expert appraiser.  Bernard and his wife Roxanne operate Bernard's Antiques in Jackson, WI and attend shows throughout Wisconsin.  Both men have served the Wisconsin Antique Dealers  Association in various capacities.  The WADA is the oldest, continually functioning state antiques organization in America.

Cost is $5.00 for one item to be appraised, or $10.00 for three items.  NHHS members have the opportunity of having four items appraised  for $10.00 as a benefit of membership.

All proceeds from the appraisal event and fry out benefit the NHHS and help fund the Timm House and Pioneer Corner Museum as well as other local history preservation projects.


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." 


Timm House to Go "Green" for Timm House Christmas 2017

As part of the New Holstein Historical Society's continuing celebration of the 10th anniversary of the restoration of the Timm House, the NHHS is celebrating Christmas as the Timm family may have.

"Remembering Christmas Past" is the 2017 theme for Christmas at the Timm House.

The restored Victorian home will be decorated in the spirit of abundance that the Victorians embraced.  Lush evergreen garlands and wreaths will adorn the home's outside while more greenery, in the form of wall and ceiling garlands and Christmas trees will grace the inside.  Ribbons, bows, and other holiday trappings will complete the look.  Handmade ornaments, made by local children and adults, will be featured on the internal trees.

Traditional Christmas carols will also be part of the Victorian ambiance. The resorted Steinway Box Grand piano, owned by the Timm family, will be played during all of the Timm House open hours.  All in attendance are invited to join in the caroling.

The Timm House will be open the first three weekends in December (Dec. 1-3; 8-10 and 15-17).  Friday hours will be from 5 to 8 PM.  Saturday and Sunday hours will be 11 AM to 3 PM.  Appointments for other times may be made by calling 898-5746.  Admission is $5 for age 13 and older, $2.50 for ages 6 to 12.  Children 5 and under are free.

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.

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

Inside the house

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.

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