On the Road: New Ulm Women Bare All for Turner Hall

Updated: 12/24/2013 9:15 AM
Created: 12/24/2013 8:28 AM
By: Heidi Enninga

When Jason Davis went on the road to New Ulm, Minn., he found a group of otherwise respectable women baring all for a calendar photo shoot, but the scene wasn’t as scandalous as it appeared.

The apparent nudeness was just an illusion - the women were partially dressed. The women were raising money for the upkeep of Turner Hall, one of the town’s most historic buildings.

Turner Hall has been the center of culture for the decedents of New Ulm’s original German immigrants, and it’s also home to what they said is the state’s oldest bar. The building’s operator said the huge building needs more than profits from daily operations to maintain basic maintenance.

The scantily-clad models came from all walks of life including a local cooking club, the Red Hat Society, a hairdresser and volunteer firefighters.

The photographs are being produced into a 2014 calendar called “The Women of Turner Hall,” and all the proceeds will go toward the upkeep of Turner Hall.

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