Editor’s Mailbag

Submitted photo The New Ulm Battery will give a program at the Kiesling House on Saturday.

New Ulm Battery program at the Kiesling House Aug. 19

NEW ULM — The public is invited to come to the Historic Kiesling House to see the New Ulm Battery on Saturday, Aug. 19. Members of the New Ulm Battery will interact with the audience and share the history of the organization and tell about the cannon which will be on display on the grounds at the Historic Kiesling House

Following the US-Dakota War of late summer 1862, the Minnesota Civilian Militia Act authorized the formation of an artillery unit to protect New Ulm against future Dakota attacks. Those attacks never came; but the City continued to maintain the Battery up to present day. The Battery was originally formed as a military unit to engage in combat, but it enjoys the reputation of “never having fired a shot in anger”. The Battery stands as a symbol for the city of New Ulm and is used extensively for dedications, parades and educational purposes.

This presentation complements the regular programming which includes a guided tour, a video presentation and exhibits. Explore the past at Historic Kiesling House constructed in 1861; it survived the US – Dakota War of 1862 and is the only wood-framed house from that era remaining in Brown County. Learn about early pioneer settlement, customs and traditions of area immigrants and events, like the US-Dakota War of 1862, that shaped New Ulm. Examine the development of community and influence of social and political issues on residents that lived in this area of Minnesota.

Hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 – 4:00

Admission: $3 per person – Free 5 and under.

Eclipse Viewing party Monday

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Wellness Collective will host a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party Monday, Aug. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the center’s parking lot located at 15 South Minnesota Street. Viewing glasses will be available to purchase for $10 first come first serve. Bring a chair to relax and unwind while watching this extraordinary event in good company. Lemonade, chair massage, and ear seeds available for a free will donation.