Heurich Happenings

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.  
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!

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.

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.
In 2024, the Heurich Mansion turns 130! Celebrating our last decade and looking towards our 130th anniversary, we’re introducing 130 celebratory individual memberships which includes a limited-edition Senate Beer magnum bottle.

Museums protect, preserve, and interpret their collections for their communities and future generations. In a house museum like ours, the house itself is part of the collection. On Friday, August 25th from 4:00 - 8:00 pm, join our Collections Manager, Kim Totten, and CEO, Kim Bender for an open house and explore our newest acquisitions. 

Many people may not realize that a museum’s collections are always growing. Pieces of family history and breweriana are acquired as the Museum continues to research the people who lived and worked within the house, as well as the Heurich Brewery and its workers.

One of these new pieces of family history are two ledgers from Amelia L. Heurich, Christian Heurich’s third wife and the longest resident of the Heurich House. Amelia’s diaries are a key source of information for our research, so we were delighted to acquire her ledgers, where she tracked monthly spending, meal planning, and salaries of the house staff.

I started the research journey with some foundational goals: our work would be focused on people and their unique life journeys, it would be documented and cited to ensure accuracy, and the process would be ongoing - often including more questions than answers.
The Heurich House Museum will present its first new exhibit since 2018, which its education team developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Working Title reframes the Heurich family home as a central juncture for the people who lived and worked there (1894-1956) - men and women, immigrant and natural-born, Black and white, rich and lower-income, examines how they interacted with each other every day, and questions why their histories have not always been given equal weight. 
On Thursday, April 27th from 5:00 - 7:30 pm, connect with students and professors from George Washington University Corcoran School of the Arts & Design together with the Heurich House Museum’s education and preservation teams with a hands-on pop-up program meant to challenge how we interpret and interact with design.