Deutschheim (meaning German home) is the German cultural museum of the state of Missouri operated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. In 1978, the Hermann Brush and Palette Club, a local preservation group, donated several buildings to establish the site. In addition to the Pommer-Gentner house and the Carl Strehly house, the site currently includes a half-timbered barn with a display of 19th-century garden tools, period gardens, and several recently acquired buildings that house the office, library, and gift shop.
The Pommer-Gentner house was built in 1840 and is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Hermann. It is currently closed for restoration, but when it reopens it will feature furnishings that reflect the life of an aristocratic family of the 1830s and 1840s. The family was among the founding fathers of Hermann. Cheryl Hoffman, Interpretive Resources Technician for the site, says there is some very interesting investigation work going on at the house. When possible, she allows visitors to view the historical renovation project.
The Carl Strehly house is open to tour. It depicts the life of a middle-class family of moderate means from 1865-1880. The main part of the building was constructed in 1842, and for the next 27 years it was modified and enlarged. It housed a printing business that provided the community with two German-language newspapers. In the late 1850s, a winery was added.
Deutschheim sponsors several special events throughout the year. On June 25, visitors can attend Hermann Living History Day.
The site is open year round except for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. The office, library, and gift shop, located at 107 W. Second St., are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interpretive tours begin at 10:00, 12:30 and 2:30 daily March through December. The site is closed on Monday and Tuesday during January and February. There is a nominal charge to take the interpretive tour. Special tours for groups of 15 or more are available by calling the site at 573-486-2200. For more information visit the web site at www.hermanndeutschheimverein.org and click on State Historic Site Finder to locate Deutschheim SHS.