BCHS OFFERS POPULAR PROGRAMS FOR HISTORY ENTHUSIASTS OF ALL AGES AND INTERESTS!

Lunch and a Bite of History – A “Brown Bag Lunch” series held monthly at noon in the BCHS annex, featuring historians, authors and speakers discussing a wide range of topics. You bring the lunch and we’ll bring the history! To view past recordings of Lunch and a Bite of History programs, see our Program Recordings page.

Special Programs – From time to time, the BCHS presents special programs.  Annually in March, an event is held in recognition of Women’s History Month; in May an event pays tribute to mothers and other events may be scheduled like Popcorn Wagon Blast in September.

Outreach Trunk Program  – This program includes four trunks that will be brought to your site by a program facilitator. 1) Buffalo Trunk every part of a buffalo was used. See and feel the bones, hide, teeth, tail, horns, hooves, and bladder of the buffalo. 2) Native American Trunk See and feel ceremonial and personal items, decorations, and tools used by Native Americans. 3) Fur Trader Trunk See and feel furs, tools, trade silver, decorations, and other trade items are included in the trunk. 4) Settler Trunk See and Feel butter paddles, a corn fritter pan, a rug beater, skates, a hair crimper, a quill pen, and square nails.

Dakota War Week Commemoration – This history-packed week includes compelling “Lunch and a Bite” noontime presentations, and popular historic tours of Downtown New Ulm and New Ulm City Cemetery.

BCHS History Book Club

Each month participants meet to discuss a book selected for review by the group members.  The group  meets in the Museum Annex located at 12 North Broadway, New Ulm, MN (the building just north of the Brown County Museum.)  For more information, call 507-233-2621 or email education@browncountyhistorymn.org. The March 2024 BCHS History Book Club will meet Wednesday, March 6th at 7:00pm.

BCHS Book Collection & Book Sale

The Brown County Historical Society will be collecting used books, DVD’s and puzzles from March 25–March 31 for the 2024 BCHS Book Sale Fundraiser. Bins will be located in the BCHS Museum parking lot.

For any questions please email education@browncountyhistorymn.org or call 507-233-2616.

2024 Book Sale Dates:
April 19th, 10:00am-6:00pm
April 20th, 10:00am-3:00pm
Members Sale – April 18th, 4:00pm-7:00pm

Homes Built as Strong as Time

Explore the ins and outs of five historic homes within Brown County with Lisa Besemer. Learn not just what made the homes unique, but also learn about the owners who designed and purchased the homes.

The event is open to the public. Tickets must be purchased in advance; tickets will not be available at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce and at the Brown County Museum until the deadline, Friday, May 3rd.  For more information, call the BCHS at 507-233-2616 or email education@browncountyhistorymn.org. Check out the BCHS on Facebook and on the website: www.browncountyhistorymn.org

The Great Storm: Minnesota’s Victims
in the Blizzard of January 7, 1873

The Great Storm: Minnesota’s Victims in the Blizzard of January 7, 1873  by Guest Speaker Carolyn Sowinski will be the first installment of the 2024 Lunch & A Bite of History series. This is a FREE program located in the BCHS Museum Annex. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

On January 7-9, 1873, Minnesota residents experienced a violent blizzard when dozens of people died primarily on the State’s flat, tree-less prairies. Minnesota native, Carolyn Mankell Sowinski takes the reader back 150 years and tells the stories of these victims using primary documents and secondary sources with special emphasis on Brown County.

For more information, call the BCHS at 507-233-2616 or email education@browncountyhistorymn.org. Check out the BCHS on Facebook.

Orphan Trains

Orphan Trains  by Guest Speaker Jan DeLeo will be the second installment of the 2024 Lunch & A Bite of History series. This is a FREE program located in the BCHS Museum Annex. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

Between 1854 and 1929, Orphan Trains ran from the east coast of the United States to the west coast making stops throughout the Midwest. These stops were to drop off orphans in rural areas with the hopes that they could receive new opportunities outside of the major cities. Sid and Jan DeLeo will speak on there personal experience with Orphan Trains, and how difficult it can be to track down relatives of those who were dropped off.

For more information, call the BCHS at 507-233-2616 or email education@browncountyhistorymn.org. Check out the BCHS on Facebook.