German Bakery adds to Historic Hermann's holiday offerings

Need a gift for someone special on your holiday shopping list, or a few more items to fill those Christmas stockings? Then stop by Historic Hermann's Museum at the German School during Kristkindl Markt. Located at 312 Schiller St., this historic landmark will be open Dec. 3-4 and 10-11. Hours are 10-4 on Sat. and 12-4 on Sun..

There's a touch of Christmas throughout the Museum and the school yard thanks to the efforts of Donna Layman, Joan Treis, and their decorating crew. Nine artistically decorated trees, ranging from tabletop size to eight feet tall, include a Patriotic tree dressed in red, white and blue to honor our veterans and the 2010 winner of last year's tree competition at Stone Hill Winery decorated by Carol and Linda Talley. Even the old, creaky stairway dons a festive holiday display.

The sale of traditional German baked goods has been a successful annual fund raiser for Historic Hermann. Items made from authentic recipes that have been handed down through several generations will be sold each weekend. Stollen, lebkuchen, schnitzbrot, mandelschnitz, pfefferneusse, springerle, spitzen-platzchen, and an assortment of other Christmas cookies and breads have been prepared by Helen Boggs, Janet Buford, Virginia Hall, Ruth Hulsey, Marlene Jakoubek, Carol Kallmeyer, Hulda Krull, Dea Ludlow, Yvonne Muenks, Bonnie Oncken, and Phyllis Robinson.

Coffee and mulled cider will be served to visitors and shoppers while they browse the gift shop, which has been stocked with many items for the holiday season. An expanded children's section features new books, old-fashioned marbles and dice. Other popular items such as German-made pilsners and beer steins, caps, totes, tee shirts, Kaywos cloths, jewelry, and lots of books fill the shelves. And remember, Historic Hermann members receive a 10 percent discount in the gift shop.

Local musicians will be on hand both weekends to entertain Museum visitors. They include Nancy and Bob Kirchhofer on keyboard and string bass, Ernestine Mueller and Ruth Hulsey on keyboard, accordionists Marilyn Loehnig and Virginia Hall, Terry Loehnig portraying Pelznickel, and the Victorian Carolers.

The six Museum rooms, with items dating from the early 1800s that have been donated by local families, will be open to tour. The cost to tour the Museum is $5 for adults, $3 for students ages 6-18, and free for children 5 and under and Historic Hermann members. Tours are self guided, but docents will be available to share their knowledge of Hermann history and answer questions.

This will be the last opportunity to visit the Museum at the German School until it reopens in late March. Until then, you can visit Historic Hermann's website at

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