This venue brings together two traveling exhibits on George Husmann and Hermann Jaeger, immigrant viticulturists in Missouri. In the late 19th century, Husmann of Hermann, MO, and Jaeger of Neosho worked closely together to improve the quality of native grapes, promote Missouri’s fledging wine industry, and fight the plant diseases of the day that ravaged vineyards at home and abroad, such as black rot and phylloxera.
What Wondrous Life: The World of George Husmann, an Interpretive Exhibit was designed by Linda Walker Stevens, a well-known historian in Hermann, Missouri, and comes to the Student Exhibition Center courtesy of the Deutschheim State Historic Site. Hermann Jaeger, Ozark Grape Hunter: Saving European Vineyards in the 19th Century was produced and funded by Missouri State University and is toured by Discovery Center of Springfield.
The Husmann-Jaeger exhibit is on display at the Student Exhibition Center October 4-28. The opening reception on Friday, October 7, 6:00-10:00 p.m. is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served, and the reception will include a brief program by local historians.