All Brown County Historical Society programs with fees require advance registration and payment.
To make reservations, call us at 507-233-2616 or email education@browncountyhistorymn.org.

Below is the full schedule of 2023 U.S.–Dakota War Commemoration events
The 2023 U.S.–Dakota War Commemoration is Sponsored by the Junior Pioneers of New Ulm and Vicinity.

Select a tab to see the events happening on that day.

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Thursday, August 17th 2023

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12:00 PM – 1:00 PM at the Brown County Museum Annex | Free, Reservation Required

Lunch & a Bite, featuring Brian Haines, “Where the Big Woods Meets the Prairie.”

Brian Haines, Executive Director of the McLeod County Historical Society and author, will speak on his book “Where the Big Woods Meets the Prairie.” The book is a collection of short stories in relation to the settling and building of the region that is McLeod County. Haines’ goal in writing “Where the Big Woods Meets the Prairie” was to try and place the reader, as well as myself, into a period that our modern viewpoint sometimes struggles to comprehend.

Seating is limited. To make a reservation for this event call 507-233-2616 or email education@browncountyhistorymn.org.

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2:00 PM – 3:00 PM at the Brown County Museum | $7.00

Walking Tour: New Ulm’s U.S. – Dakota War Sites

Tour participants should meet in front of the Brown County Museum, 2 North Broadway St. by 1:50pm. The tour guides will tell stories of Dakota War events that took place at the respective sites included in the tour.  The tour takes about an hour and can be a family activity.  In case of rain, the tour will be canceled.

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Friday, August 18th 2023

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9:00 AM – 4:30 PM at the Brown County Museum | $60.00 (SOLD OUT)

Bus Tour: The Minnesota River Valley

Tour participants should meet in front of the Brown County Museum, 2 North Broadway St. by 9:00AM to board the bus. The bus tour will take a look at six sites associated with the U.S. Dakota War which includes the Redwood Ferry ambush, Fort Ridgely, New Ulm, Milford Township, Birch Coulee Battlefield, and the Redwood/Lower Sioux Agency. Tickets includes lunch and site admissions.

The 2023 Bus Tour: The Minnesota River Valley has sold out. For those who are still interested, there is a waitlist for next year. If enough people are added to the waitlist, a second bus tour will be considered for the 2023 programming season. If you are interested in being placed on the waitlist please call the Brown County Museum at 507-233-2616.

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2:00 PM – 3:00 PM at the Brown County Museum | $7.00

Walking Tour: New Ulm’s U.S. – Dakota War Sites

Tour participants should meet in front of the Brown County Museum, 2 North Broadway St. by 1:50pm. The tour guides will tell stories of Dakota War events that took place at the respective sites included in the tour.  The tour takes about an hour and can be a family activity.  In case of rain, the tour will be canceled.

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Saturday, August 19th 2023

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2:00 PM – 3:00 PM at the Brown County Museum | $7.00

Walking Tour: New Ulm’s U.S. – Dakota War Sites

Tour participants should meet in front of the Brown County Museum, 2 North Broadway St. by 1:50pm. The tour guides will tell stories of Dakota War events that took place at the respective sites included in the tour.  The tour takes about an hour and can be a family activity.  In case of rain, the tour will be canceled.

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11:00 AM – 3:00 PM New Ulm Battery at the Kiesling House | Free with $3.00 Admission to the Kiesling House

Members of the New Ulm Battery will interact with the audience and share the history of the organization and talk about the cannon which will be on display. Following the US-Dakota War of late summer 1862, the Minnesota Civilian Militia Act authorized the formation of an artillery unit to protect New Ulm against future Dakota attacks. Those attacks never came; but the New Ulm Battery continues up to present day.

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Sunday, August 20th 2023

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2:00 PM at the New Ulm Cemetery | Free

Walking Tour: The Pioneer Section at the New Ulm Cemetery

More information regarding this tour will be available in the coming weeks.

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Thursday, August 24th 2023

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7:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Brown County Museum Annex | Free, Reservation Required

Bits & Bites of History, featuring Jerry Weldy, “The War of 1862 Outside of New Ulm.”

The Presenter, Jerry Weldy, is a Great, Great Grandson of Joseph LaFramboise, the owner and operator of the Little Rock Trading Post located on the St. Peter’s (Minnesota) River a few miles up river from New Ulm, a city he helped found. Weldy remembers a few bits of information shared by his Grandfather Wm. D. LaFramboise. Most of all, Weldy is very well read on the events of the U.S.–Dakota War of 1862.

Seating is limited. To make a reservation for this event call 507-233-2616 or email education@browncountyhistorymn.org.

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