by Coach Bear
August 12, 2003
The German School was built in 1871, and the building served as Hermann's elementary school until 1955. The town clock (located on the steeple) has been operating since 1890. There were five rooms that my wife and I were able to see. These included:
The German Heritage Room, with winemaking exhibits and memorabilia, a pre-Civil War loom, newspapers and handmade printing blocks, and Hermann pottery from about 1860.
The River Room, which housed an outstanding collection of boat models, Missouri River history, a replica of the Pin Oak steamboat, historic steamboat pictures, and recorded memoirs of some of the residents of the area.
The Kinder Room, which is a German school classroom filled with dolls, toys and
furniture from the late 1800s, along with countless memories from children of years past.
The Needlework Corner included a display of what the proper lady did in her spare time. It had several examples of artwork made by local residents and some of the needles and tools that the ladies used.
The Els Room featured furniture handcarved by Louis Els, a famous local furniture maker.
As we passed through this small museum, we were able to imagine ourselves living in the time of the middle and late 1800's. Sometimes it is difficult for us to remember the simplicity (or should we say complexity) of life during that era. Wow! What beautiful artifacts! I really enjoyed this look into the past.
From journal Hermann: German Utopia of the Midwest