About Us - Purpose and Mission
Hermann Farm & Museum is currently in development and will be a 160-plus acre working farm, living history center, and National Landmark located along the Missouri River, about an hour west of St. Louis at the entrance to scenic Hermann, Missouri. Once the home of George Husmann, a world-renowned pioneer in the wine industry, Charles Manwaring, a local civil war hero, and for the past 100 years, the Kallmeyer Family, it will provide the public an opportunity to step into the past and explore its impressive history and natural beauty.
The Farm site and related properties will serve as an open air museum dedicated to preserving and presenting the unique agricultural, social, and economic history of the German immigrants who settled the lower Missouri River Valley in the mid-1800s. They came with the dream of establishing a new Germany on the then western frontier of America. While they fell short of that goal, their importance to the wine making industry and to the development of Missouri agriculture is undisputable.
Hermann Farm & Museum will consist of five distinct learning areas, all contributing to the historic representation of an early German settlement. These areas include:
Model vineyard and winery**
Livestock farm **
History houses **
A German-style performance and event facility, known as the Hofgarten, currently hosting events featuring arts music and cultural activities.
Stables, Wagon Works, Forge, and a heritage garden.
** Coming soon!
The multiple components of Hermann Farm & Museum combine to create a newly designated Historic Farm District where visitors can experience firsthand what daily life was like in an early German settlement. Each season provides opportunities to explore the ways rural Missourians of the period lived, worked, learned and interacted with the land.
Hermann Farm & Museum is operated by the Dierberg Educational Foundation, a nonprofit, 501(c) (3) charitable organization dedicated to the conservation of Missouri agriculture and the preservation and presentation of the region’s cultural heritage for the benefit of current and future generations.
Our mission is to cultivate a conservation and preservation ethic through the establishment and operation of a historical and sustainable agricultural community and artisan demonstration sites for the education and enjoyment of the public.
Initial funding for Hermann Farm & Museum has been provided by First Bank.
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