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
(English translation of site)
Major Tony Clunn
locates the Kalkriese battlefield...
City of New Ulm, Minnesota:
New Ulm, MN Chamber of Commerce:
New Ulm, MN Park and Recreation:
Brown County Historical Society,
New Ulm, Minnesota:
Hermann 2009 in Deutschland:
German-Bohemian Heritage Society
The Steuben Society of America:
Julius Berndt (1832-1916)
Architect and Builder of the Hermann Monument in New Ulm, Minnesota
(From the Collection of the Brown County
Historical Society, New Ulm, MN)
Why was the statue of a Germanic Chieftain built in Minnesota?
Negotiations between the Sisseton and Wahpeton bands of the Dakota tribes and representatives of the
In 1854, Julius Berndt and other immigrants of the Chicago Land Association homesteaded along the
East coast anti-immigration resentment and the Dakota Conflict of 1862 forged a strong bond unifying these early German settlers. These hard working pioneers appreciated the opportunities of owning their own land, businesses, and the freedom life in America offered. However, preserving their heritage, language, and culture as they settled in their new homeland was important to them. Hermann, a legendary Germanic freedom fighter symbolized strength and unity for the Order of the Sons of Hermann Lodges throughout the
Serving as the national secretary of the Sons of Hermann, Berndt sought funding to build a monument in New Ulm, Minnesota. Julius Berndt designed and built an ocatagonal base, pillars, and cupola funded largely by the Order of the Sons of Hermann.
The W.H. Mullins Manufacturing Company of
(Photo from the Collection of Brown County Historical Society, New Ulm, MN)
“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
Hermann's Fight for Freedom
& Contributions of German-Americans!
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Hermann and His Monument New Ulm, Minnesota USA