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It takes a village to create an elaborate holiday display

November 26, 2012
The Journal

NEW?ULM - The Menzel Village Christmas Display opened to the public last week at the museum of the Brown County Historical Society. The collection originally belonged to Louise (Fritsche) and Walter Menzel, a New Ulm couple who started collecting pieces for the display in 1937. As the village grew, neighborhood children received invitations to see the increasingly elaborate display.

The display has more than 1,000 pieces, including clay villages that are over 125 years old. The pieces hail from locations all over the world, including Germany, Japan, England and Czechoslovakia.

The village will be on display until the end of December. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The museum is located at 2 N. Broadway in New Ulm.

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The Menzel Village, which is on display at the Brown County Historical Society Museum in New Ulm through December, features more than 1,000 pieces.



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