Programs and Education

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.

Summer Day Camp – The Brown County Historical Society is offering a Summer Day Camp.  The camp includes 11 weekly camps available beginning on June 6 through August 19. Each week will have a themed program with related activities.

The purpose of the Summer Day Camp is to provide an alternative for children that attend school and are looking for options during the summer.  The BCHS believes it can help address the day care shortage by providing an alternative to day care with a summer camp. The camp participants will engage in activities, excursions, recreation and crafts. Participants will experience outings, outdoor activities, games, crafts, heritage chores and special guest stars. For more information see Summer Day Camp Offered section below.

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.  A Tribute to Mothers Luncheon will be held on May 12, 2022.  See information below.

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.

BCHS History Book Group – 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

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.

Summer Day Camp Offered

The Brown County Historical Society is offering a Summer Day Camp.  The camp includes 11 weekly camps available beginning on June 6 through August 19. Each week will have a themed program with related activities.

The purpose of the Summer Day Camp is to provide an alternative for children that attend school and are looking for options during the summer.  The BCHS believes it can help address the day care shortage by providing an alternative to day care with a summer camp.

The camp participants will engage in activities, excursions, recreation and crafts. Participants will experience outings, outdoor activities, games, crafts, heritage chores and special guest stars.
The age for participants is children who have completed kindergarten through the fifth grade. The program will have space for 22 participants. Consideration will be given to extending the camp option for an additional week through August 25 if the there is demand for it.

Pre-registration is required. Download the registration forms (pages 1 & 2), complete them and return with payment to BCHS, 2 North Broadway, New Ulm, MN 56073. Children must have completed K through 5th grades to participate in the one-day program. For more information: call 507-233-2621 or email education@browncountyhistorymn.org

One Room School House Experience

A Living History Camp for Grades K – 5

The Brown County Historical Society offers a living history camp for children that includes grades K – 5. Participants can experience all aspects of a school day in a one room school; much like children did during the 19th Century. The camp is held at the school house on the Brown County Fairgrounds.

Students are encouraged to wear clothes of the 19th century. This could be long skirts, aprons, bonnets, bib overalls, or knickers. Shirts & shoes are required. Each child should bring a cold lunch, possibly in a basket or pail. Suggestions for an authentic country school cold lunch include: peanut butter or jelly sandwiches, cold pancakes with sugar, fresh fruit, vegetables, donuts or cookies. (Please do not bring any glass bottles or containers.)

For more information, please call: 507-233-2621 or email education@browncountyhistorymn.org

Dakota War Commemoration Events Scheduled in Brown County

2022 Schedule of Events