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Defenders Family Reunion Picnic planned Aug. 23

April 27, 2012
The Journal

NEW?ULM?- The Hermann Monument Society (HMS) will honor defenders of New Ulm and Civil War veterans in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary Commemoration of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

The HMS will host a Defenders Family Reunion Picnic on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Hermann Heights Park.

Three speakers will highlight the contributions of Germanic-Americans and other ethnic groups of settlers who found themselves in the midst of hostilities in 1862. Defender families will be recognized at the picnic.

Denny Warta, a founding member of the HMS, will present "The Relationship of Regional Hostilities Against the Wider Backdrop of the U.S. Civil War."

Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann, noted author, lecturer and consultant on Germanic-Americana, will speak on "The Defense of New Ulm."

George Glotzbach, a HMS founding member, will recognize New Ulm Defender or Civil War veteran descendants in attendance.

A catered picnic meal will be served. Registration and purchase of meal tickets can be made at the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce. Cost is $8 each or $7.50 HMS members.

The Hermann Monument Society is currently seeking previously unpublished family memoirs for a Defenders Family Book. The goal of this project is to compile previously unpublished historical letters, journals, photos and memoirs of those who lived within 30 miles of New Ulm circa 1861-1865 into a book.

Guidelines for submission and picnic updates are posted on with ancestry resources and history links.

Contact with questions. HMS will print a limited number of "Defenders Family." Pre-ordered books will be distributed at the reunion picnic. Cost will be approximately $10 per book depending on quantity of material received and published.

Copies of the book can be reserved by calling Ruth and Gordy (507) 354-2768 or Don and Myrtle (507) 354-5688 before Aug. 1



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