The Hermann Monument Society

Is dedicated to the conservation, interpretation, promotion,
and development of the Hermann Monument 
in New Ulm, Minnesota, an official symbol
recognizing the great achievements of Germanic-Americans




Who was Hermann (Arminius)?
Hermann (Arminius), a Cheruscan chieftain negotiated an alliance of the Marsi, Bructeri, and Chatti tribes with his own warriors to defend Germania from Roman conquest. 
   In September of 9 AD, Arminius' cunning strategy led to the ambush and defeat of the 17th, 18th, and 19th legions of imperial Rome under the command of Publius Quinctilius Varus. This running battle, fought in the midst of the Teutoburg Forest ended abruptly in the Narrows near the Kalkriese Berg initiating a change in Tiberius Caesar's foreign policy. Although Caesar sent eight more legions to Germania, Arminius and his brave warriors continued their fight for freedom. Increasing casualties and a dwindling treasury during subsequent battles between Arminius and Germanicus Caesar eventually convinced Tiberius to abandon Germania in 17 AD.    
   With no common foe the alliance faltered; inter-tribal strife and jealousy led to Arminius' assassination by his own kinfolk.

 "We must tell our children and our children's children the story of the heroes of every land and every time who have given their lives, that liberty and fraternity and equality might survive among men."

Governor David Marston Clough-
Dedication of Hermann Monument
September  26, 1897



Hermann & Thusnelda appeared at the Germanic-American Institute's WINTERFEST in St. Paul


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Tour the Hermann Monument and Interpretive Center!


Hermann Heights Park
10 Monument Street
New Ulm, Minnesota USA

Hours, Admission, and Reservation Policy
Hermann Monument 2015 hours
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.:  Daily from Memorial Day, May 26 through Labor Day, September 1; Saturdays and Sundays in May and September; Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays the first three weekends in October.
2015 Hermann Monument admission fee 
    $2.25  per person.  Children ages 5 and under admitted free with a paying adult.  For safety reasons, all youth age 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  

Monument will be closed for safety reasons during inclement weather and may reopen that day if weather conditions improve.
Group Requests for reservations during non-normal operation hours should be made at least one week in advance of visit.  2015 non-normal operation hours admission fee is $16 per hour with two hour minimum and $2.25 per person with a ten person minimum.  Admission requests in late October through April may be denied because monument is closed for winter.  The Interpretive Center (inside the base of Monument) is closed during the winter off season.  
Hermann Heights Park Shelters are available for rent in two different time slots:  9 a.m. - 4 p.m. or 4 - 11 p.m.  Rental fee is $42.00 Resident/$46.20 Non-Resident and can be made by calling the New Ulm Park and Recreation Office at 507-359-8344. 

Reservation requests should be directed to Recreation Program Supervisor, 507-359-8343
Paver Program
Thanks to our member's generous donations to our  Paver Program the Hermann Monument Society installed: 
* An Ornate Wrought-Iron Fence
    * 4 Engraved Granite Benches 
    * A Granite Paver Walkway
before Hermann's 2,000th Anniversary Victory Celebration September 17-20, 2009. 
    * A 97 figure Diorama of Hermann's Teutoburg Forest Battle
    * "Marcus Maximus" a Roman Legionary display

    Continuing our popular Paver Program HMS is currently gathering funding for: 
    * A Second Granite Paver Walkway 
    * A Kaiser Wilhelm II Portrait Lithograph 
    * A sidewalk on the exterior side of the new wrought iron fence

Learn more about early immigration, statistics, and notable accomplishments of Americans either born in German-speaking lands or their descendants on our  German-American page.

Membership Program
Your Membership and support of  the Hermann Monument, Hermann Heights Park, and the goals of the society are both invited and appreciated!





Defenders' Family Reunion Picnic
 The 2nd edition of
The Hermann Monument Society's
commemoration booklet is available.
 It features defender family
stories of the
US-Dakota War and Civil War veterans.

The Defenders:
Memories of 1862

Available for a donation of $15.00 with pick up in New Ulm, MN
add $3.25 Shipping & Handling

Contact HMS Executive Director


Hermann Walks Among Us!

   In 2004-2005, the statue of Hermann (Arminius) was removed from its pedestal for refurbishing. Learn more about the preservation of this landmark from our Monument History page.


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