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.

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.

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

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




Dakota War Commemoration Events Scheduled in Brown County

Historical Presentations


Walking Tours