Kiesling House features hardanger needlework and wool spinning program today

NEW ULM — The historic Kiesling House, 220 N. Minnesota St., New Ulm will showcase a Hardanger needlework demonstration this Sunday, Aug. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The program includes demonstrations, hands-on activities and displays. The Norwegian art of hardanger will be demonstrated by Dinah Skalicky, a long-time crafter of this traditional embroidery. She will display examples of hardanger and will include some of her grandmother’s crochet work. She learned to do Hardanger in the early 80’s. Visitors will have the opportunity to do a basic stitch.

Expert spinner JoAnn Huss, will present the art of wool spinning. She enjoys interacting with the audiences and teaching them her craft. Items related to spinning will be on display. Visitors will have an opportunity to sit at the spinning wheel and try spinning the wool.

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.

Admission is $3 per person, free for 5 and under.

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