Not many communities with roughly 3,500 residents have both a historical home open for tours and a separate museum, but New Holstein is one of those special places.
It is all thanks to the New Holstein Historical Society, which this year is celebrating its 60th anniversary of preserving not just the community’s history but how things used to look in bygone eras in Wisconsin and beyond.
As part of its anniversary celebration, the all-volunteer Historical Society has prepared two new vignettes in its Pioneer Corner Museum which will open for the season on Saturday, June 5. At least initially, visitors to either facility in 2021 will be asked to wear masks and all New Holstein Historical Society docents will be wearing masks as well.
The museum is one of the area’s hidden treasures, tucked off the highway in New Holstein’s downtown at 2013 Main St. That area soon will be the center of a lot of activity as the former Tecumseh Products Company factory is razed, undoubtedly bringing a lot of onlookers past the doors of the museum.
Greg Hageman, a board member of the Historical Society, said the society hopes a lot of people check out the museum and the Timm House this summer. Both facilities will be open for tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. starting June 5, although separate tours on other days can be arranged by calling President Jerry Hallstrom at 920-898-5746. The entrance fee per location is $7 for adults, although for $10 a person can get a combination ticket good for both locations, and both tickets do not have to be used on the same day.
There is plenty to see in both buildings, including the new features inside the museum.
(For more on this story please see the May 6 issue of the Tri-County News.)