2018 At­ten­dance At New Ulm’s Her­mann Monument

Amerika Woche - - Wir In Amerika - Ge­or­ge L. Glotz­bach

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 of fi­ci­al 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.

The Monument clo­sed for the sea­son in Oc­to­ber and will re­o­pen in May of 2019. See: www.Her­man­nMo­nu­ment.com for mo­re in­for­ma­ti­on.

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