NEW ULM - The last edition of the New Ulm Pioneer ever printed on August 16, 1862, had a listing for "evening entertainment and dance in Union Halle (the current site of the Grand Hotel) to be held on Sunday, August 24, 1862. Admission ten cents, women free."
Due to the attacks in New Ulm on Aug. 19 and 23, the evening was cancelled.
The Grand Center for Arts & Culture (GCAC) is now hosting the evening that never happened 150 years later.
The Grand Center for Arts and Culture.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, the GCAC will kick off its capital campaign for renovation of the Grand Hotel into a community arts and cultural center, which will include full accessibility via a three-story addition with an elevator. The evening event includes an evening dinner, live auction, and varied entertainment including a special concert by John Holmquist and guests Devin Nelson, Zach Holmquist and Jerry Chamberlain.
Food and drink for the event have all been donated by Artisan's at the Grand.
If you wish to learn more about the renovation of the Grand, call 507-359-9222 or visit the Grand's website at www.thegrandnewulm.com for further information.