George Husmann Exhibit FlyerIf you are a history buff and want to learn more about Hermann’s early wine history, this is a must-see event, May 19 & 20 at the Deutschheim State Historic Site, in Hermann, Missouri. The Hermann wine region would not be here today, if it weren’t for our German ancestors, such as George Husmann. We are fortunate to have the most knowledgeable historian on George Husmann’s life, Linda Walker Stevens, living in Hermann today.

Below is a press release from Deutschheim State Historic Site about the George Husmann Exhibit, May 19 & 20:

Come to a special celebration on Saturday, May 19, as Deutschheim State Historic Site celebrates its fortieth year as a part of Missouri State Parks.  The special exhibit, “What Wondrous Life: the World of George Husmann” will be open from 10-4 on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, interpreted by historian Linda Walker Stevens, sharing the life and achievements of the Hermann youth who became the father of the American wine industry.

On Saturday Deutschheim will be serving samples of Maiwein punch, produced by steeping bruised Waldmeister (sweet woodruff) sprigs in a dry (Trocken) Reisling to aromatize it.  Only the new, tender leaves that appear in early spring are used for flavoring.  Come join us as we celebrate the arrival of spring.

During Saturday’s celebration Deutschheim State Historic Site will feature period dulcimer music in the German Gemusegarten.  On Saturday afternoon from 2-4 pm re-enactors will tell the story of the Missouri Germans in the Civil War at the historic Feldmann Stark House.  Rosa Strehly will be portrayed from the front step of the historic Strehly House located at 130 W. Second. Rosa’s life from 1865-1962 saw many changes and historic events that occurred in Missouri.  Her family played an important role in the Missouri German fight against slavery through the German language newspaper published there.  The Hermanner Wochenblatt advocated the formation of a Missouri wine industry in its earliest publication of the mid19th century. This interpretation will be part of a walking tour of the Hermann historic district highlighting notable Hermann citizens and their homes and businesses from the nineteenth century.

The Deutschheim visitor center is located at 107 W. Second Street and is open from 10 am to 4 pm.  There is no admission fee for the special events and exhibit sponsored by Missouri State Parks and the Deutschheim Verein.  For further information contact the historic site at (573) 486-2200.

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