New Ulm Public Library is pleased to partner with the Brown County Historical Society (BCHS) for events commemorating the 152nd anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. A number of programs are scheduled for the week of Aug. 18-24. A complete list is available at www.browncountyhistorymn.org.
The very popular Lunch & a Bite of History speaker series runs Aug. 18-22 at 12 p.m. each day at the BCHS Museum Annex (2 N. Broadway); attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. Presentations are free and open to the public and will last about one hour. This year's calendar includes:
Monday, Aug. 18 Sandee Geshick, Women in Dakota Life
Tuesday, Aug. 19 Daniel Munson, The Kochendorfer Family
Wednesday, Aug. 20 Darryl Sannes, The Battle of Acton
Thursday, Aug. 21 Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann, Jacob Nix
Friday, Aug. 22 Jan Klein and Joyce Kloncz, What Happened to the Settlers in Renville County? The Aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War
On Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at the library (17 N. Broadway), Michael Eckers will discuss his book "The Boys of Wasioja." CASTLE Lifelong Learning, the New Ulm Battery, and the BCHS are partners for this free program.
The lunch series and Eckers' program are made possible by grants provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative and are funded in part with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
On Aug. 23 at 1 p.m., children preschool age and up are invited to the BCHS Annex for Bringing Books to Life: Surviving the War of 1862 presented by Lori Pickell-Stangel, Executive Director of the McLeod County Historical Society. This free program will focus on the experiences of Dakota War survivor Nancy McClure Faribault.
Also on Aug. 23, Katie Gropper walking tours of downtown New Ulm are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. leaving from the BCHS. Cost is $3 for adults; children and students are free. Reservations are required; call 507-233-2620.
On Aug. 24 at 2 p.m., there will be a free guided walking tour of the Pioneer Section of the New Ulm City Cemetery. The tour will begin at the cemetery's maintenance building.
And finally, there may be a few seats left in one of the luxury van tours of historic Brown County. Reservations are $20 and can be made by calling the BCHS at 507-233-2620. The Aug. 22 tour is from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and will cover Milford, Sigel, and Stark townships. There will be two tours on Aug. 23: 9:30-11:30 a.m. will cover Milford, and 12-2 p.m. will cover the Leavenworth Rescue area.
All are welcome to these commemorative events. Come join in learning the history of the greater Brown County area.