The Wisconsin Veteran's Museum, Wright Unitarian Meeting House, the Wisconsin Governor's Mansion and Monona Terrace will be stopping points for the NHHS's Spring Bus Tour to Madison.  Sandwiched in between sites, on the June 14 trip, will be a lunch stop at L'Etoile one of Madison's foremost farm to table restaurants.

The bus will embark from New Holstein at 7:00 AM and return at approximately 6:00 PM.  Cost is $80.00 for NHHS members and $90.00 for non-members.  Registration deadline is June 6.

First stop of the day is the Veteran's Museum on Madison's Capitol Square.  Tour guides at the site are veterans themselves who will share stories of Wisconsin's military veterans.  The museum and accompanying research center chronicle exploits of Wisconsin veterans from the Civil War to the present day.

Lunch stop at L'Etoile will feature three choices, a roast beef sandwich, Cubano sandwich, or Cobb salad.  All three include a chocolate chip cookie for desert and choice of beverage. Owner/chef Tory Miller and the restaurant have been featured in
episodes of PBS's Wisconsin Foodie.

Next up, following lunch, is a tour of the Wright Unitarian Meeting House.  This structure is a National Historic Landmark and has been denoted as one of 17 structures, by Frank Lloyd Wright, as the best examples of his impact on American culture.

The afternoon's second tops will be the Governor's Mansion.  The tour there will include five main public rooms. In all the mansion includes 34 rooms and 10 major gardens.  The Classical Revival style building dates from 1921.  It was originally designed by Madison architect Frank Riley for Madison industrialist Carl A. Johnson.

The day's final stop will be at another Frank Lloyd Wright structure, Monona Terrace.  The convention center is located on the shore of Lake Monona and is described as Wright's "dream civic center".  In addition to viewing the structure itself, the tour will include "The Drawing Board", a multimedia exhibit showcasing the 60 year history of Monona Terrance from inception to completion; "The Wright Picture", a display of photographes by acclaimed architectural photographer Pedro Guerrero, and a photography exhibit by Zane Williams featuring many of Madison's most captivating landmarks.

The bus leaves from the corner of Calumet Drive and Altona Drive and returns to that same point at day's end.  reservations may be made by sending name, meal preference, and fee to Bus Tour, New Holstein Historical Society, PO Box 144, New Holstein, WI  53061.

Timm House and PC Museum Open  for 2018 Season on May 5

The Timm House and Pioneer Corner museum opened for the 2018 season on May 5.  Both locations will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM thru the end of October 2018.  "Special" visits on other days of the week may be arranged by calling (920) 898-5746.

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


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." 
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.

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