In light of the continuing COVID-19 Pandemic, the Brown County Museum remains closed until further notice. The Brown County Historical Society remains committed to presenting the history of Brown County, so please view our new digital exhibits here until the museum reopens.
A History of Brown County’s “Hair-itage”
A History of Brown County’s “Hair-itage” features hairwork made by women who lived in Brown County, some of whom even operated hairwork businesses in New Ulm. View elaborate hair wreaths and hair ornaments, including one that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, or see the watch chains lovingly made for husbands and sons. Visitors can also see hair receivers, the receptacles made to hold hair so it could be fashioned into hairwork.
A History of Brown County’s “Hair-itage” will be on display through February 2020 on the first floor of the museum.
Open June 2019 – May 2020 at the Brown County Museum is a new exhibit, Wet Stills and Dry Agents: Brown County and the Prohibition Years.
At the turn of the 20th Century, many social reformers advocated for prohibition of alcohol. These reformers blamed alcohol for many of America’s problems and hoped that American society would be improved by banning alcohol. The 18th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution that banned the brewing, selling, and transportation of alcoholic beverages was ratified in 1919 through the efforts of these reformers.
Thirteen years and eleven months later, Prohibition ended with the ratification of the 21st Amendment. Contrary to the desires of the reformers, not everyone came to accept Prohibition. Alcohol consumption decreased, but did not end and crime did not disappear.