Programs and Education


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!

One Room School House Experience – A late 1800s-style building, the One Room School House is located at the Brown County Fair Grounds in New Ulm, and is the site for the BCHS’s annual “One Room School House Experience” for students grades K-5.

History Day Camp – At our History Day Camp, participants will experience the life of a pioneer child growing up in the 1800s. They will perform chores, play pioneer games, and make crafts. See more details 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

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.

Previous Lunch and a Bite of History Programs

History Day Camp

Participants of the History Day Camp will experience a day in the life of a pioneer child! Have you ever wondered what it was like to grow up in the 1800’s? Would you like to learn all about being a pioneer child and do all sorts of fun activities and daily chores relating to pioneer life?

At History Day Camp, participants will:

  • Learn about the chore of butter making and churn our own butter.
  • Complete laundry the way pioneers did in the 1800s.
  • Haul water – Get your muscles ready!
  • Play pioneer games and make vintage crafts.
  • Learn about the importance of the buffalo to Native Americans.
  • Dress up like pioneers or fur traders.​

This camp includes exploring history, creating crafts and enjoying games and activities. Participants will take an excursion; they will walk to the Kiesling House where they will do chores, then go on to German Park to play vintage games and eat lunch and then return to the museum for crafts and other activities. (The excursion depends upon the weather. Alternative activities will be planned.)  It is optional to dress in costume!

Pre-registration is required.  Children must have completed K through 5th grades to participate in the one-day program. For more information: call 507-233-2621 or email

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

Dakota War Commemoration Events Scheduled in Brown County

The Brown County Historical Society invites the public to participate in the 2021 U.S. Dakota War Commemoration Programs which will provide insight into events related to the Dakota War.  Programming includes two guest speakers, the walking tour of downtown New Ulm Dakota War sites and a guided tour of the Pioneer Section of the City Cemetery.  The activities are scheduled August 19 – 22.  All programs are Free.

Thursday August 19 at 12:15 in the lower level of Turner Hall, located next to the Brown County Museum.

Corinne Marz will present: Aaron Meyer: His Family and Neighbors Escape From Lake Shetek” & “Alexander Ramsey’s Words of War.  Marz is a historian, researcher, author, consultant and small business owner. She is a graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College of New Ulm.

Marz is the author of The Dakota Internment Camp at Fort Snelling, Alexander Ramsey’s Words of War, and The Day Before the Dakota War.   She is also a contributor to Minnesota’s Heritage Back to the Sources, a collection of journals edited my Mary Hawker Bakeman and published by the 19 Century Researchers.

Corinne L. Monjeau-Marz June 2021

Friday August 20 at 12:15 in the lower level of Turner Hall, located next to the Brown County Museum.

Terry Sveine will present: What Happened to the Animals?  Re-examining New Ulm During the U. S. Dakota War.  Sveine is a graduate of Mankato State University with a degree in history and geography.  He worked in the areas of travel and tourism for over 30 years.

Sveine currently serves as Mayor of New Ulm and he volunteers for many organizations in New Ulm.  He serves on the board of the New Ulm Turnverein and is past president of the Brown County Historical Society.

He is an author; his most recent book is on the life of New Ulm resident Francis Baasen which will be published in the near future.

Saturday, August 21 at 2pm. A walking tour of U.S. Dakota War sites in downtown New Ulm will be offered.  The tour leaves from Brown County Historical Society Museum at 2 North Broadway, New Ulm.  The tour guides will tell stories of Dakota War events that took place at the respective sites included in the tour.


Sunday, August 22 at 2:00pm. Tours of the Pioneer Section of the New Ulm City Cemetery will be offered.  The tour starts at the cemetery maintenance building on Cemetery Avenue, New Ulm.  Information will be shared about the settlers who lost their lives during the Dakota War and are buried in the pioneer cemetery.

Guided Tour