This is an area that takes pride in its history. Throughout the years, communities have celebrated and preserved their stories, resulting in immersive and fascinating historical sites.
If you’re a history buff, you won’t want to miss these local historical hotspots.
New Bremen Historical Sites
There are traces of history everywhere in New Bremen. Whether you’re touring one of the first homes in the village or walking along the canal path, it’s easy to uncover the past.
Museums and Historical Sites in
Auglaize and Mercer County
Armstrong Air and Space Museum
This museum celebrates the area’s most well-known native: Neil Armstrong. The first man to walk on the moon was born in Wapakoneta and the city celebrates his legacy to this day.
Designed to look like a moon base and complete with a 56-foot-wide dome, the Armstrong Air and Space Museum has exhibits and artifacts detailing the history of space exploration. Several of the exhibits are interactive, allowing visitors to land a lunar module or dock a capsule.
Fort Recovery State Museum
Fort Recovery is the site of two of the largest Native American battles fought in the United States. A fort stands today on the grounds where General Arthur St. Clair was defeated in 1791 by forces led by Little Turtle, Blue Jacket and Buckongahelas—and where later Major General “Mad Anthony” Wayne built a fort and fended off another attack.
You can visit the replica fort and the adjacent museum, which is home to detailed exhibits chronicling the fort’s past.
Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics
Combining history, heritage and spirituality, the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics is located just a few miles west of New Bremen.
You can visit the center to learn more about the history of some of the religious members of the area, explore the on-site museum or walk in the serene grounds.
Auglaize County Historical Society: Wapakoneta Museum and Daniel Mooney Museum
New Bremen is located in Auglaize County. If you’d like to learn more about the county’s history, the Auglaize County Historical Society operates two museums: the Daniel F. Mooney Museum and the Wapakoneta Local History Museum.
Both are located in historical buildings and house artifacts and displays that outline the county’s origins.
Most villages, towns, and cities also have historical societies and museums that are open to the public.