In 1881 Husmann moved from Missouri to Napa Valley, where he helped California wines achieve international acclaim.

A special photographic exhibit now on display at Deutschheim's Feldman-Stark House tells the remarkable life story of horticulturist and winemaker George Husmann, from Hermann youth to founding father of the American wine industry.

The exhibit features photographs from original prints by Oliver Schuchard, with accompanying text by Husmann scholar Linda Walker Stevens, who will be present on Saturdays during the month of October to meet with visitors and answer questions.

A 32-page exhibit catalog includes a detailed account of Husmann's life by Linda Walker Stevens, articles about German immigration by Adolf E. Schroeder and early photography by Oliver Schuchard, and a bibliography of Husmann's writings, compiled by Gail Unzelman.

Eleven-year-old George Husmann arrived with his family in Hermann in 1839, embarking on a pioneer life of grueling labor and heart-rending sorrows. He planted his first vineyard at age 19 and became an ardent champion of native American grape varieties, including Norton's Virginia Seedling and Concord. His many achievements include founding the village of Bluffton as a cooperative wine town, authoring Missouri's Ordinance Abolishing Slavery, publishing books, a magazine and countless articles, helping to save the French wine industry from the blight of phylloxera, teaching at the University of Missouri, and bringing American wines to world-wide attention.

"When I moved from Napa Valley to Husmann's former Missouri hometown, the small German wine village of Hermann, I expected to learn a lot about George Husmann," writes Linda Walker Stevens. " I quickly realized the truth of the old folk wisdom that says no one can be a hero in his hometown: Hermanners knew less about their former fellow citizen than did wine enthusiasts elsewhere. Fortunately, however, my research—begun in 1986—yielded a treasure trove of previously untapped material. Gradually, George Husmann grew as real and as known to me as any of my living neighbors. I also discovered that he was much more than a grape and wine expert—he was a remarkable human being."

Sponsored by the Hermann Deutschheim Verein