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New Ulm in Brown County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

New Ulm's Glockenspiel

 
 
New Ulm's Glockenspiel Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
1. New Ulm's Glockenspiel Marker
Inscription. Schonlau Park, named in honor of Theodore H. and Clara K. Schonlau, is the setting for the City of New Ulm’s unique Glockenspiel. Local contributors were joined by donors from three foreign countries, 31 States, and 51 other Minnesota cities, in matching a magnanimous gift from Clara Schonlau to provide the funds necessary to construct the first free-standing carillon tower in North America. New Ulm’s 45 feet tall musical clock tower was dedicated on May 25, 1980, with over 1500 people in attendance.

The tower’s set of 37 fully chromatic three-octave bronze bells, which were cast in Holland by Royal Eijsbouts, can be played electronically, or by keyboard. Ulm, West Germany, which maintained a long-time Sister City relationship with the City of New Ulm, generously paid for the second largest of the 37 bells with an $8,000 contribution to the project.

The Glockenspiel’s 12 animated figures, which are interchangeable with a Christmas Nativity scene, illustrate significant facets of the community’s rich heritage. Engineered and built by Schulmerich Carillons, Inc. of Sellersville, Pennsylvania and constructed at a cost of $275,000, the steel structure is finished with native Minnesota brick and stone, utilizing a design developed by InterDesign, Inc. of Minneapolis. Area firms involved in the project included American
New Ulm's Glockenspiel Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
2. New Ulm's Glockenspiel Marker
south side of marker with duplicate text
Artstone and the Heymann Construction Companies of New Ulm, and Ochs Brick and Tile from Springfield.

The project was coordinated by the Glockenspiel Trust Committee composed by Clara Schonlau, Mayor Carl L. Wyczawski, City Council President William J. Gafford, Richard B. Heymann, and William M. Schade; with Donald J. Gollnast serving as Treasure.
 
Location. 44° 19.02′ N, 94° 27.776′ W. Marker is in New Ulm, Minnesota, in Brown County. Marker is on 4th North Street west of North Minnesota Street. Click for map. Marker is at Schonlau Park. Marker is in this post office area: New Ulm MN 56073, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Buenger Store (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kiesling House (about 600 feet away); Barricading New Ulm (about 600 feet away); Grand Hotel (about 700 feet away); In Recognition of a Distinguished Career as a Player and Coach (about 700 feet away); In Recognition of a Minnesota Coaching Record (about 700 feet away); Pioneer Founders of New Ulm (about 700 feet away); Jacob Nix Platz (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Ulm.
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
New Ulm's Glockenspiel Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
3. New Ulm's Glockenspiel Marker
New Ulm's Glockenspiel and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
4. New Ulm's Glockenspiel and Marker
New Ulm's Glockenspiel and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
5. New Ulm's Glockenspiel and Marker
New Ulm's Glockenspiel image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
6. New Ulm's Glockenspiel
Nearby Peace Pole image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
7. Nearby Peace Pole
May Peace Prevail On Earth
Plaque on Peace Pole image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
8. Plaque on Peace Pole
City of New Ulm 150th Anniversary Gift from the New Ulm United Church of Christ (UCC) · Dedicated August 14, 2004.
Peace Pole image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 16, 2013
9. Peace Pole
English and Spanish
Peace Pole image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 16, 2013
10. Peace Pole
Lakota and German
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 471 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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