To the Editor:
People who live in New Ulm would probably be surprised if they realized how well known their town is all over the country. Since most Arizonans are new to our state, a common question when you meet someone is, "Where are you from?"
When I say, "I was born and raised in New Ulm, Minnesota," more often than not they will respond with, "Oh, I know where New Ulm is. It's the place with that clock thing downtown."
"That's a Glockenspiel," I say.
"Whatever. I was there once and ate ribs at the Kaiserhoff," they add. "Yum."
What I am getting at is New Ulm has done a magnificent job of promoting its German heritage. It takes a sense of pride in one's heritage to preserve it for future generations. New Ulm is fortunate to have had so many civic-minded citizens who have worked to promote heritage tourism.
The moment you drive into New Ulm and see the statue of Hermann looking fiercely protective, you know you are in a different world. The bridge across the Minnesota River takes you to a place where history begins to come alive. Drive down Broadway and enjoy the neatly restored houses of a different era. Take time to visit the Brown County Historical Society Museum where you will learn about the historic importance of the town and surrounding area during the Dakota Conflict.
Visitors can enjoy a day, a weekend, or a week in this beautiful community. You don't have to wait for an event, although there are plenty of those (insert events if you want to) Take time to walk through the parks, visit the Hermann Monument, experience the Way of the Cross, and learn about the German immigrants at Turner Hall. The historic homes of Gov. John Lind and artist Wanda Gag are worth your while, or drive up the river to view the Harkins Store, a once thriving trading center.
Even if New Ulm were not my hometown, I would find it fascinating. There's more to it than that "clock thing downtown." Even more than Kaiserhoff ribs.