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.

Popcorn Wagon Fundraiser

Our 1914 Popcorn Wagon will be out selling fresh popcorn and drinks! Stop on by for a touch of nostalgia. The Popcorn Wagon has been a part of local history since 1914, was purchased by BCHS in 2002 and restored to its original appearance. It is now operated by a team of volunteers. Proceeds from sales benefit BCHS’s mission and programs.

Thank you to our 2024 Popcorn Wagon Sponsor: Bank Midwest.
Thank you to our generous donors: Arneson Distributing Company, Thrivent Financial, Kwik Trip, AMPI, Runnings, Hy-Vee and Cash Wise.

Francis Baasen

Local historian, Terry Sveine, will be giving a presentation on Francis Baasen, one of New Ulm’s unsung heroes. Sveine has written a 419-page biography and will present highlights of Baasen’s prolific career. He was New Ulm’s first lawyer, Minnesota’s first Secretary of State, twice state representative, a city councilman, county commissioner, county attorney, city attorney, Civil War officer, one of the founders of New Ulm’s Catholic Church, and any number of other public roles. Sveine will attempt to prove why he calls Baasen ‘New Ulm’s most publicly achieved citizen.’ Come and see why!

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 June 2024 BCHS History Book Club will meet Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m.

One Room School House

The Brown County Historical Society is offering a living history camp for children grades K – 5.  Participants will experience all aspects of a school day in a one-room school; much like children did during the 19th century. This is a one-day event held from 9:00am – 1:30pm on Tuesday, June 18 or Thursday, June 20 at the schoolhouse at the Brown County Fairgrounds. Cost of the program is $25.00 per student. Class size is limited.

Participants will spend the day going back in time to a one-room country school house in Brown County during the late 1800s. They will experience writing, music, games, reading, arithmetic lessons, chores and the love of learning that made the one-room school house a unique part of Brown County heritage.

Students are encouraged to wear clothes of the 19th century. This could be long skirts, aprons, bonnets, bib overalls or knickers.  Each child should bring a cold lunch, possibly in a basket or pail.

Pre-registration is required.  All registration forms must be returned along with the $25.00 fee to the museum by Friday, June 14. Registration forms are available by clicking here, in person at the museum at 2 North Broadway, New Ulm or by emailing education@browncountyhistorymn.org.

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

This program is made possible in part with support from the New Ulm Park and Recreation Department and the Brown County Fairgrounds.