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! 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.  A Tribute to Mothers Luncheon will be held on May 11, 2023. 

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.

One Room School Flyer

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 20 or Thursday June 22 at the school house on 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 our 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 16, 2023.  Registration forms are available at the museum at 2 North Broadway, New Ulm or by emailing

For more information, please call: 507-233-2621 or email:

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

Dakota War Commemoration Events Scheduled in Brown County

2023 Schedule of Events

More information coming soon. All Brown County Historical Society events with fees require advance registration and payment. To make reservations, call us at 507-233-2621, or download the registration form linked here and return it with payment to the Brown County Museum at 2 N. Broadway Street, New Ulm, MN 57063.


For more information on the events, see our Dakota War Commemoration Page here.