2018 ATTENDANCE AT NEW ULM’S HERMANN MONUMENT
Attendance at New Ulm, MN’s famous Hermann Monument was 9,390 for the 2018 season. The Monument was open 116 days for an average of 81 persons per day. The four days of New Ulm’s Oktoberfest (#2 in the nation according to USA Today) drew 637. Attendance was below previous years because of weather related closures and to accommodate a contractor assessing the condition of the Monument structure. Renovations are being planned for the coming year.
Completed in 1897, the Monument was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. In 2000 the Monument received national and international recognition: the 106th Congress of the United States designated the Hermann Monument as an official symbol for the contributions of Americans of German heritage. Because New Ulm is “The Most German City in America” it is the appropriate location for this Monument.
The Hermann Monument Society, founded in 2006, is dedicated to the conservation, interpretation, promotion, and development of the Monument. Attendance has increased 59% under its tutelage.
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.
Getting to know Hermann!
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
The Monument closed for the season and will re-open in May of 2019.
Hours: 10 a.m- 7.pm
Admission: $3.00 per person, ages 5 and under are free with paying adult. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
The interior Interpretive Center in its base, will remain closed due to “Comprehensive Historic Building Conditions Assessment and Report.”
10 Monument Court, New Ulm, MN 56073