In 2000, the 106th Congress of the United States of America designated the Hermann Monument as an official symbol recognizing contributions made by Americans of German heritage.
With approval by the City of New Ulm Park & Recreation Commission renowned artist, LeRoy Zander, was hired to design, construct, and install a granite paver walkway leading to the monument.
With generous donations of our friends and members in excess of $97,000 the Hermann Monument Society was able to fund:
* An Ornate Wrought-Iron Fence
* 4 Engraved Granite Benches
* A 12' X 12' granite paver pad
* And we have begun our second granite paver pad!
Dedicated on September 17, 2009 at the 2,000th Anniversary celebration of Hermann's Victory in the Battle of Teutoburg Forest, these additions have enhanced the beauty of the monument.
The Hermann Monument Society continues it's fundraising efforts for additional granite benches, two ornamental gates, and a second 8' X 12' granite walk leading to the monument. Any funds in excess of the actual cost of the fence and granite walk will be used to enhance an Interpretive Center housed in the base of the monument.
Eventually, the society hopes to procure funds and grants to build a new Visitor's Center near the monument with a lobby, displays (featuring: Julius Berndt, monument history, construction, Sons of Hermann,) an auditorium, gift shop, and meeting rooms.
The society's Paver Project provides a limited number of donors an opportunity to sponsor a granite paver near the entrance to the monument.
Sponsorship of a 8" X 16" paver is $200.
Sponsorship of a 16" X 16" paver is $500.
Sponsorship of an engraved granite bench is $2,000.
Lasting recognition is acknowledged by engraving each granite paver. Up to 3 lines are possible on an 8" X 16" paver with a maximum of 15 letters and spaces per line. A company logo may be included if the design is not too intricate; the addition of the word Since___ would add historic significance!
Zander's Heritage Memorials has donated four granite benches to grace the walkway. Each of these may be engraved with the donor's text for a gift of $2,000.