A Night at the Museum

Pictured above left to right: Brenda Nielsen as Ida Stork Ozias, Kathleen Backer as Rosa Schnobrich and Anne Earl. The gala raised funds to help pay the local side of a matching grant for repair and replacing masonry, windows and the HVAC system.
Kathleen Backer portrayed Rosa Schnobrich who successfully ran two butcher shops in New Ulm. The second opened in 1927 at the corner of Center St. and Minnesota St. two years before her death.
Arnie Smesmo, playing Ole Synsteby (left) and Lisa Besemer as Mrs. L.A. Fritche (middle right) greeted guests at the door of the museum. Mayor L.A. Fritche was not in attendance as he was dealing with the Safety Commission at the time in response to his participation in an anti-draft rally at Turner Hall.
In the museum annex old movie theaters were featured. Pictured is an old movie projector setup behind a modern projector that screened silent movies on the wall while guests socialized.
Bob “Butch” Domeier portrayed his Grandfather Anton Hilleshiem who opened a creamery in Sigel Township.

The Brown County Historical Society (BCHS) hosted its annual Night at the Museum Gala where volunteers dressed up as Brown County historical figures.