Directly across the street from the German School, at 315 Schiller St., stands the former Farmers & Merchants Bank built in 1909. It is the current home of the GCHS Archives and Records Center. For those interested in researching family histories and genealogies in Gasconade County, this is a one-stop research facility.
The countywide facility opened in August of 2001 to preserve and make accessible a comprehensive collection of information for researchers. Records of Gasconade County date from 1812. The collection features probate, circuit court, real estate and county commission records. Also available are marriage, death, birth, and census records. Copies of the local newspaper are on microfilm. A volunteer staff is available to assist the public in using the records Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 to 5:00 and on Saturday from 9:00 to noon. For information, or to make arrangements for groups, call 573-486-4028 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gasconade County Historical Society Museum
About 30 miles south of Hermann in Owensville, Missouri, the GCHS operates a museum that focuses primarily on items related to Gasconade County and its residents. Located at 105 West McFadden, the museum is housed in a former hotel that was built in 1910. It has been known as the Owensville Hotel, Ozark Hotel, and Railroad Hotel.
It took the GCHS eight years to renovate the building before it was opened to the public in 2000. Educational displays depict the homes, farms, clothing, tools, churches and schools in Gasconade County.
The building is open on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 3:00 and on Monday from 9:00 to 1:00. Off-hour accommodations can be made for special group or student tours. There is no charge to tour the museum. For additional information call 573-437-5617.