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

Hermann Monument

(Hermann Denkmal)

 
 
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Inscription. Hermann (Arminius) of the Cherusci tribe led several German tribes in battle against their Roman conquerors in 9 A.D., and defeated them in the hills of Teutoburg Forest near present Detmold. To later unified Germany, Hermann symbolized liberty and unity. In 1874 Ernst Von Bandel completed a colossal German Monument dedicated to Hermann near the Teutoburg site.

As a project of the National Sons of Hermann Lodges in the United States, Julius Berndt, New Ulm architect and county surveyor, conceived the building of a similar monument half the size in New Ulm. Local Lodge No. 21 acquired the New Ulm site in 1885 and named it "Hermann Heights." Berndt completed the base and cornerstone in 1888. Alphonso Pelzer, of Salem, Ohio, created a plaster model 32 feet high. W. H. Mullins Company made the statue in copper sheet sections; abutting edges were riveted to metal strips, part of the interior bracing. The interior framework was produced by Milwaukee Bridge and Iron Works.

The 32 feet statue arrived boxed at New Ulm in 1890. Inadequate financing though slowed the monument construction, some lodges protesting assessment because of the site; "a secluded country place somewhere in the wilds of Minnesota." In 1894, the statue was mounted on the pedestal above the uncompleted monument where, with an overall height
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of 102 feet, it was "plainly seen from Sleepy Eye and other neighboring towns." Completed in 1897 the dedication was a three day celebration. Total monument cost was about $24,000.

With persistent effort by Otto Oswald and other local Sons of Hermann, New Ulm was given the monument and site in 1929. In 1972 Hermann Monument became a registered Minnesota Historic Site; in 1973 it was designated a Registered National Historic Place. LMK

Erected 1976 by Brown County Historical Society with the Otto F. Oswald Memorial Fund.

 
Erected 1976 by the Brown County Historical Society with the Otto F. Oswald Memorial Fund.
 
Location. 44° 18.428′ N, 94° 28.394′ W. Marker is in New Ulm, Minnesota, in Brown County. Marker can be reached from Monument Street north of Center Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in Hermann Heights Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14 Monument Street, New Ulm MN 56073, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joseph A. Harman (approx. mile away); Leavenworth Rescue Expedition (approx. 0.4 miles away); Colonel Wilhelm Pfaender
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(approx. 0.6 miles away); Defenders State Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Pioneers of Brown County Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Brown County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Brown County (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Ulm.
 
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Also see . . .
1. The Hermann Monument Society. Hermann Monument History. (Submitted on May 22, 2013.) 

2. Hermann Heights Monument. Wikipedia entry. "It is the third largest copper statue in the United States." (Submitted on May 22, 2013.) 

3. Hermannsdenkmal. Wikipedia entry. "The Hermannsdenkmal (German for Hermann monument) is a monument located in Ostwestfalen-Lippe in Germany... A similar Hermann Heights Monument exists in New Ulm, Minnesota. (Submitted on May 22, 2013.) 

4. New Ulm, Minnesota: History of Hermann Heights Monument. (Submitted on January 3, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
5. New Ulm Journal: Commission OKs Hermann Archway, Rock Monument. Article written by Josh Moniz, Journal Staff Writer,
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4. Hermann Monument and Marker
March 22, 2011 (Submitted on January 3, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. "Hermann the German"
As a college student in nearby Mankato in the 1970s, I had friends who were students at Dr. Martin Luther College (DMLC), a college across the street from the park, and remember that this statue was fondly known as "Hermann the German." I have many good memories here in New Ulm.
    — Submitted January 3, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

 
Additional keywords. Hermann the German
 
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6. Hermann Monument
National Register of Historic Places #73000965
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Hermann Heights Park
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8. A National Symbol
The 106th Congress of the United States of America designated the Hermann Monument in New Ulm, Minnesota as an official symbol recognizing the great contributions by Americans of German heritage. A.D. 2000
 
 
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