Early on in my research, I visited the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas, where I took note of many small items on exibit, which gave me ideas about what the early Verein settlers brought with them. Just about all these things belonged to real people – but I cheerfully assigned them to the Steinmetz and Richter families.

There is a short photo gallery here, which will be added to – but all of these items are exhibited in the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg – and when I came to do a talk for the museum volunteers, they were kind enough to pull these five things for a special display.



  1. Ms. Hayes,

    There is a lady in Austin whom you do not know, but you should. She actually makes a living as an historian, not teaching it, writing it. That’s rare enough, but she is also charming and pleasant. She visits San Antonio often, to see her little grandson. I doubt that I’d have the time, but if I did, I’d love to sit at the dinner table with the two of you, and just listen. If you’ll send me your e-mail, I’ll try to effect an introduction. It could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

    Yours in Christ,

    Michael Adams

  2. You wanted some recent photos of the pioneer’s orchard at Great Basin National Park? Email me an address to return a few to you.