New Ulm in Brown County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
After the German Social Revolution of 1848, the "Forty-eighters" sought refuge in America and established Turner Societies. The Turner Colonization Society of Cincinnati arrived in New Ulm in 1856 and merged with members of the Chicago Land Verein who had arrived in 1854. The merger resulted in the incorporation of the German Land Association and the City of New Ulm.
The New Ulm Turnverein was founded on November 11, 1856 and the Frauenverein was organized in 1889. The first Turner Hall, dedicated on this site in 1858, was destroyed during the Dakota Conflict of 1862. A new Turner Hall as erected in 1865, with an addition built in 1873. The north section of this building was razed in 1900, and a large theater and gymnasium complex was constructed in 1901. This complex was destroyed by fire in 1952 and replaced with a full court gymnasium and dining room in 1954.
For many years the Turner Society exerted a strong influence on the affairs of New Ulm. Turner Hall has served as a school, community hall, and cultural center for theatrical performances and festivals,
Turner Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
Erected 1996 by the Junior Pioneers of New Ulm and Vicinity.
Location. 44° 18.622′ N, 94° 27.634′ W. Marker is in New Ulm, Minnesota, in Brown County. Marker is on South State Street south of 1st South Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 South State Street, New Ulm MN 56073, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brown County Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lest We Forget (about 400 feet away); The Pioneers of Brown County Monument (about 500 feet away); Roebbecke Mill (about 500 feet away); Brown County (about 500 feet away); Defenders State Monument (about 700 feet away); John Lind Home (about 700 feet away); Guardians of the Past (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Ulm.
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