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Hermann Hill Vineyard & Inn

 JUNE 2005 NEWSLETTER

To Our Guests & Friends,

Preserving Hermann's history
According to Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, heritage tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry. With more than 110 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Hermann has been dedicated to preserving its heritage, and continues to do so, through its restoration projects and museum expansions.

Museums tell the story of a community's past. They are family friendly and can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Hermann has several museums that add to the town's appeal as a tourist destination. We invite our guests to visit these museums during their stay at Hermann Hill.

(You will note an asterisk (*) throughout the newsletter. This indicates a reference to Hermann Hill's 3-Mile Walk. Information about the walk is available on our web site.)

Deutschheim State Historic Site*
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. 

Strehly House
The Carl Strehly House* is open to tour at Deutschheim State Historic Site.

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.mostateparks.com and click on State Historic Site Finder to locate Deutschheim SHS.

German School
The German School* has served as Historic Hermann 's heritage museum for 50 years.

Historic Hermann's German School Museum*
Historic Hermann, Inc. is a local organization devoted to preserving Hermann's heritage for future generations. One of its main projects is to maintain the museum at the German School building at Fourth and Schiller streets.

The German School was built in 1871 and was used as an elementary school until 

1955. That year, when classes were moved to the old high school on Washington St., the German School Board deeded the building to Historic Hermann to establish a museum. For 50 years, the community has donated items of interest that portray life in Hermann since its founding in 1836. 

The museum's second floor includes the Heritage Room, the Children's Room, the River Room, and a Needlework Corner. On the main floor are the Schweighauser and Els Rooms. A third room is undergoing major renovations and will house additional exhibits and a gift shop. 

A special feature at the museum is the Clock Tower. It was added to the building in 1890 and is a Hermann landmark. To keep it ticking, the clock must be wound at least once a week by a devoted group of winders. The clock's working mechanisms can be viewed on the second floor at the museum. 

Tours of the German School Museum are self-guided, but volunteers are on hand to answer questions. Several who attended the German School enjoy sharing stories about their school days with visitors.

The German School Museum is open from April through October. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Monday. The museum is closed from November through March, but is open when festivals are scheduled during those months. There is a nominal fee charged to tour the museum. Groups are welcome to schedule special tours by calling the museum at 573-486-2017. 

Gasconade County Historical Society Archives and Records Center*
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 gchsarc@ktis.net.

Gasconade County Historical Society Archives and Records Center

The Gasconade County Historical Society Archives and Records Center* is a public facility for historical research.

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.

Hermann Fire Company Museum
A little known museum is located at Hermann Fire Company's station #2 on Highway 100 west, adjacent to the Hermann City Park. There is no sign to identify the museum, and no set hours, but it is well worth a visit if it can be arranged.

Fire Pumper
The Consiquence No. 1 is a hand pumper that was one of the earliest pieces of equipment
used by the Hermann Fire Company.

The museum was established in 1971 when station #2 was dedicated. The volunteers salvaged and restored old fire equipment that had been stored in sheds throughout Hermann. Much of it was in poor condition having barely survived several floods. 

But their work paid off because several pieces, which were among the oldest in the state, have won trophies and ribbons that are on display at the museum. Fine examples of equipment include the hand pumpers Consiquence and Washington. The first motorized vehicle, a 1932 Chevrolet quad truck, is on display and includes ladders, hose, pump, and water tank. Samples of old uniforms also are displayed, along with trumpets and drums. The drums date to 1865 and are still in usable condition.

In addition to the equipment, which is in mint condition, the department has maintained a set of records of all their meetings since the Fire Company was formed in 1859. Records were kept in German until 1939. Since 1939, they have been written in English. All of the minutes from Day One until 1939 were translated from German to English by Elmer Danuser, a retired Hermann school teacher.

Much of the museum can be viewed through the large windows at the fire station. But, the fire chief says that if one of the volunteer firefighters is at the station, he will gladly let visitors tour the museum. Later this summer, or early fall, the museum will be relocated to the new fire station that is being built on East Second St. in downtown Hermann.

Honoring Old Glory-June 14 is Flag Day
George Washington is responsible for America's first flag. In June of 1776, he approached Betsy Ross, a seamstress who made clothes for Washington, and asked her to make a flag. 

The idea of setting aside an annual day to honor the flag is believed to have originated in 1885. On June 14th of that year, BJ Cigrand, a school teacher in Fredonia, Wisconsin, arranged for his pupils to observe "Flag Birthday" on the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of the flag. For several decades thereafter, schools and organizations picked up on the idea and had celebrations of their own. But it was not until August 3, 1949, that President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

Flag Day is an occasion for all Americans to celebrate the flag and what it signifies: our independence and our unity as a nation. It should be treated with respect. Here are a few basic rules to follow when displaying the Stars and Stripes.

  1. The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset. If it is flown at night, it must be lighted.

  2. The flag should not be flown in rain or inclement weather.

  3. The American flag is always flown on the top of the pole with the union (stars on blue field) at the top. State and other flags fly below it.

  4. NEVER let your flag touch the ground.

  5. When the flag is old and worn, retire it. Old flags should be buried or burned, not thrown in the trash.

The American flag should be held in the highest regard. Raise it with pride on Flag Day.

 

Hermann Hill Village update
Progress is being made at the Hermann Hill Village site.  Workers are pouring foundations for the cottages and eleven manholes are being installed.

A small wedding chapel is going to be built at the site. We have purchased sixteen pews from Iowa Falls, Iowa, and four stained glass windows from an abandoned church in Kansas City. Plans for the chapel include two levels of approximately 1200 square feet each. The main chapel will feature a glass wall facing west that will offer a view of the Missouri River, and a sunset could be the backdrop for couples planning an evening wedding.

Hermann Hill Village
The foundation is being poured for Cottage #2.

To view more photos of our progress, click on the Hermann Hill Village page. 

HHV

July newsletter: Antique hunting in the Hermann area.


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