Heurich Happenings

This Summer the Coming to Washington Project wants to help D.C.’s tourists and residents to get to know each other. What do you want visitors to know? And what do you want to know about them? Become part of the Visitor: Information? installation that will be shared with visitors to DC at several Humanities Truck pop-up events over the course of the Summer tourist season.
Get a rare view inside the collection with Kim Totten, Heurich House Museum’s Collections Manager, on Thursday, July 11th from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm at “A Cup of History.”
One urgent project that topped the list was the original cast iron stairs and porch in the rear of the house.  The cast iron work dates from 1914 when the North wing addition was added.  Over the decades there were several temporary attempts to stabilize them. But the structure holding everything up was beginning to fail.  Pieces of steel added here and some floor jacks add there.  With the financial help of a grant, it was time to bring this porch and stairs back their original beauty and functionality.  
KAMA DC and the Heurich Urban Manufacturing Incubator present the 3rd annual Im/migrant-Owned Mini Markt on Saturday, June 22nd, 2024 from 3-8 pm in the Heurich House Museum’s biergarten, 1921. The Markt falls during National Immigrant Heritage Month, Civic Season, and the National Week of Making; by commemorating these communities, we are collectively engaging in a civic action. Many of the local small-scale manufacturers the incubator works with are immigrants.
Historic houses have limited opportunities to expand their collections. Sometimes the memory of what belonged to the house was lost to time. Tracking an object's provenance, the record of who has owned an object throughout its lifetime, can be difficult or even impossible. Nonetheless, the Museum's collection is ever changing.
This year each meet-up will focus on a different topic and be hosted by a member of the group! The host will pose a series of discussion questions and share their experience on the topic. Of course, all discussions are welcome and encouraged even if they are not on topic! 

We are always trying to learn more about how people would have actually experienced life and work in the home. In general, people’s reactions to Amelia's role often varies, but sometimes visitors express negative comments about her management style. In these cases, I encourage people to think of her role in a more nuanced way and consider the implications this has for the memory of women in power. At the symposium, it was exciting to hear other scholars’ research. There were so many different approaches to looking at food spaces and how people act (and interact) in them. Their reactions and questions about our work at the museum were thought provoking - only emphasizing my feeling that there’s always more research to do!

This May, during AAPI Heritage month, artist Xena Ni will transform the Heurich House Museum into a portal to the future with her interactive art installation, Good Fortunes. Travel to the future with visionary Asian Americans and return with reasons for hope in the present. Good Fortunes is the second installment of the We Should Talk series, a participatory installation that invites you to join visionary Asian American womxn in imagining and shaping the future, created by Philippa Pham Hughes, Adele Yiseol Kenworthy, and Xena Ni. 

On Sunday, April 21st from 12-3pm in the Heurich House Museum’s garden, meet with experts from DC’s cultural institutions and become part of preserving our city’s history. 

AOI and the Heurich House Museum are partnering with 11 of DC’s history archives to provide advice about how to donate and preserve your items and stories for future generations. Become part of preserving our city’s history - bring photos* of your treasures, objects, and heirlooms, to share.

On Wednesday, April 24th from 4:00-8:00pm, celebrate 5 years of our biergarten, 1921, and 130 years of the Heurich House! In the backyard of the historic house, decorate your own garden-themed cupcake, make a birthday card, and learn how you can help support the museum for another 130 years!
Exhibits are not stagnant. During an exhibit, collections are sometimes taken off display and replaced with others from the collection’s storage. There are several reasons why museums rotate objects in exhibits, but removing an object from display can feel like the museum is taking away the public’s access, especially for long-running exhibits where it is accepted that you could come back any time to see the same exhibit. But the Heurich House Museum has important reasons why we have rotated objects off display.
As the city blooms for the National Cherry Blossom festival from March 20th to April 14th, celebrate “City in Bloom” in the museum’s biergarten. Our Castle Garden is an oasis from the city featuring dozens of species that bloom all year round - to celebrate the start of spring, enjoy botanical crafts, curated decor, Japanese art, games, and a specially curated bar menu. 
On March 1, 2024 from 6-8pm, celebrate the 90th anniversary of the end of Prohibition in DC with a tour, tasting, and opportunity to meet the people that make DC’s local craft beverages. Celebrate the city’s history of bootlegging with Jordan Cotton, owner of DC’s rum distiller, Cotton & Reed, and visit the kitchen to taste a limited-edition cask from Bluejacket brewery.