New Ulm is now home to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, which honors polka groups and dance orchestras from the state’s past as well as more contemporary musicians.
Robin Gehl earned her master of arts degree in music history from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in musicology from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She began her career at Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul, served as vice president for programming at Cincinnati Public Radio, and has taught at the College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati; St. Olaf College in Northfield; and at Concordia University, St. Paul.
The first structure, an 1888 “summer garden and amusement hall” built by Thomas Lowry, burned down after just three years.
Interest in opera performance thrived in the Twin Cities in the 1950s due to yearly touring productions performed by the Metropolitan Opera of New York.