ISBN 1-889020-01-X
7 x 10 inches, 224 pages

A German Town
A History of New Ulm, Minnesota

Daniel J. Hoisington

The City of New Ulm presents this history of the town in recognition of its 150th anniversary. The city holds a unique place in American history. Founded by German settlers, many were members of the only colony organized by Turners in the United States. In 1862, its embattled citizens defended their homes during the Dakota Conflict, suffering the destruction of nearly three-quarters of the town.

What does it mean to be a German-American? For one hundred and fifty years, New Ulm has answered that question in its daily life. The author tells the story of Julius Berndt and the Hermann Monument—a national symbol of German-American heritage—then analyzes the struggle to maintain those traditions during World War I when the mayor and city attorney were removed from office. He explains why the Schell and Hauenstein breweries managed to survive Prohibition in the 1920s and how local residents reacted to the nearby German prisoner of war camp during World War II. He then traces how the city returned to its roots in the 1970s with the advent of Heritagefest and the construction of the Glockenspiel.

Winner, 2005 Certificate of Commendation
American Association for State and Local History

"A masterful achievement that is beautifully done!"
Don Heinrich Tolzmann

"Citizens of New Ulm might well hoist a stein of Schell's beer in his honor."
Minnesota History, Fall 2005

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