Editor’s Mailbag

MN Valley Civil War Round Table to discuss disease during the Civil War

NEW ULM — Retired DNR Forester and New Ulm Fire Fighter Tom Romaine will discuss the impact of disease during the Civil War at the Minnesota Valley Civil War Round Table on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the New Ulm Public Library.

A Civil War soldier had twice the chance of dying from disease than from a combat injury. Romaine will explore the diseases that struck down so many, their causes and prevention, and the impacts of the war on medical practice.

The Minnesota Valley Civil War Round Table series is presented the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at New Ulm Public Library and is free and open to the public.

Sons of Norway holiday program Saturday

WINDOM — The Sons of Norway Stavanger Lodge will host its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Cottonwood County Historical Society Museum, 812 4th Ave. in Windom.

This special event will be the Lodge’s Christmas program and party. There will be entertainment provided, plus singing of Christmas carols. As part of the morning, a variety of holiday refreshments will be served for everyone to enjoy. The public is cordially invited to attend this program free of charge.

A Silent Auction is being held during the December meeting that will consist of several Scandinavian items: Norwegian sweaters, wooden bowl, Swedish candle holder and table runner, a rosemaled piece and more. The Silent Auction will end by 11:15 a.m.

Museum featuring the Menzel Village

NEW ULM — The Menzel Village will be displayed at the Brown County Museum until Dec 28. The public is invited to visit the museum to view this extensive historic collection of miniatures that comprise this village. Visiting the museum to view this display has become a tradition for many families during the holiday season.

The village was originally the collection of Louise Fritsche Menzel, a New Ulm native. Louise and her husband Walter started collecting in 1937 while traveling and continued to add pieces for many years. They would place the village in their home under a tree and invite the neighborhood children in every Christmas to see the display. The exhibit has also been on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and some of the larger banks in the Twin Cities area.

The collection has over 1,000 pieces which includes a 100-year old clay village, three other village sets, small dolls dressed in crocheted outfits, dolls with ceramic heads and wool wrapped legs and arms, snow babies, angels, monks, wood village people and animals, farm people, skiers, skaters, deer, cows, donkeys, geese, chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, lambs, dogs, pigs, horses, bears, elves, bridges, many different trees, street signs, mirrors for ponds, fences and even an outhouse.

The scene pieces are from Germany, West Germany, Japan, England, and Czechoslovakia and are of the following materials: glass, wool, metal, wood, cardboard, porcelain, wax, papier-mache, and plaster.

The museum hours are: Tuesday – Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm and Saturday 10:00am to 3:00pm.

For more information, call 507-233-2620 or email: programs@browncountyhistorymn.org.

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