New Holstein in Calumet County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
then I would at least be a citizen of free America"
--Carl Schurz, German Revolutionary Leader, 1848
In 1848, a small group of immigrants from the Schleswig-Holstein area of Germany arrived here, then a remote wilderness, to found New Holstein. Seeking political freedom and economic opportunity, the group left Germany because of the failing struggle for democracy and opportunity in the new land. In 1847, Calumetville hotel owner and land agent Charles White along with William Ostenfeld traveled to the Schleswig-Holstein area. Their glowing description of Wisconsin convinced a number of people to emigrate to Wisconsin. In April of 1848, White, Ostenfeld and the immigrant group sailed from Hamburg on the ship Brarens and disembarked in New York, forty days later. Traveling by steamship, train, and ox-drawn wagon, the group arrived in Calumetville within the following two weeks. On May 29th Ostenfeld and seven men walked to this location and selected their land to build farms, homes and New Holstein.
Erected 1998 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 419.)
Marker series. This marker is included Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 57.084′ N, 88° 5.734′ W. Marker is in New Holstein, Wisconsin, in Calumet County. Marker is on Washington Street north of Randolph Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is south of New Holstein City Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2110 Washington Street, New Holstein WI 53061, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civic Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gewidmet Unseren Kriegern 1861 - 65. (about 500 feet away); New Holstein Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); H. C. Timm House (approx. half a mile away); St. Martin’s Church (approx. 3.9 miles away); Kiel Veterans Park (approx. 4.3 miles away); The Broughton Sheboygan Marsh Park & Wildlife Area (approx. 7.4 miles away); The Marsh Turn (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Holstein.
Also see . . .
1. City of New Holstein. (Submitted on August 17, 2011.)
2. New Holstein, Wisconsin. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 17, 2011.)
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 544 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 17, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.