Past Exhibits

Here you can look at our gallery of past exhibits.

Loyalty & Dissent: Brown County and World War I

This exhibit features people of Brown County and their  roles during WWI as well as what was happening in the  U.S. and throughout Europe.

Flying For Freedom: Robert F. Niemann MIA

Flying For Freedom follows the stages of Robert F. Niemann’s life, including his childhood in New Ulm, his high school days at NUHS and his studies at West Point. Another section covers his family life and his career in the military. It closes with his service in Korea, his final flight and MIA (missing in action) status.

History of Brown County’s “Hair-itage”

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. Also included are hair receivers, the receptacles made to hold hair so it could be fashioned into hairwork.

Samples of hairwork jewelry displayed in the exhibit.

Education Pod

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.


Gag Artwork