Heurich House Museum

Heurich House Museum Historic Dupont Circle home of German immigrant and brewmaster Christian Heurich and family. The Heurich House Museum preserves the legacy of Christian Heurich and enriches the cultural life of Washington, DC.
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The mansion was built from 1892-94 by German immigrant, local brewer, and philanthropist Christian Heurich (1842-1945). He and his family lived in their Dupont Circle home from its completion in 1894 until his wife’s death in 1956. Recognized as Washington, DC’s most successful brewer, he ran the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co., the city’s longest-operating brewery (1873-1956), until his death at 102. The mansion is notable for its fireproof construction, original interiors, and family collections. The museum, located at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue in Dupont Circle, is open for regular public events and public tours Thursday through Saturday at 11:30 am, 1:00 and 2:30 pm. Private tours and event rentals are also available. For more information, visit heurichhouse.org or call 202-429-1894.

Operating as usual

Santa works hard, but our Hoptimist Holiday Market (@hoptimistmkt) vendors and the @usps.official work harder! You shoul...
12/23/2020

Santa works hard, but our Hoptimist Holiday Market (@hoptimistmkt) vendors and the @usps.official work harder! You should have received all your Hoptimist Holiday Market orders by now...if you have not - please send us an email at [email protected] and we will do our best to get you an update!

You’d think in a house as beautifully decorated and elaborate as theirs, the Heurichs would  have gone all out for Chris...
12/23/2020

You’d think in a house as beautifully decorated and elaborate as theirs, the Heurichs would have gone all out for Christmas. 🤔 But actually, the Heurichs usually celebrated Christmas with simple decor and a good family meal at Amelia Heurich’s mother’s home.

Good morning Hoptimists!Start your day off by supporting your community! This is the last chance to shop 40 #SmallBusine...
12/11/2020

Good morning Hoptimists!

Start your day off by supporting your community!

This is the last chance to shop 40 #SmallBusinesses through our virtual market!

#ShopSmall before NOON: hoptimist.shop

...relationships, stories, and magic! You have just hours to shop small for all at Hoptimist Holiday Market: www.Hoptimi...
12/11/2020

...relationships, stories, and magic!

You have just hours to shop small for all at Hoptimist Holiday Market: www.Hoptimist.shop.

This number has been steadily increasing. In July, only 36.1% were closed. Let’s do what we can together? www.hoptimist....
12/09/2020

This number has been steadily increasing. In July, only 36.1% were closed. Let’s do what we can together? www.hoptimist.shop

Our doors may be closed for Christkindlmarkt this year for the safety of our community, but Hoptimist Holiday Market is ...
12/03/2020

Our doors may be closed for Christkindlmarkt this year for the safety of our community, but Hoptimist Holiday Market is OPEN!

Shop 40+ local small businesses from your cozy home: www.hoptimist.shop

HOPTIMIST HOLIDAY MARKET is LIVE! SHOP: www.hoptimist.shopWe’ve teamed up with DC Brau Brewing Company to present a virt...
11/27/2020

HOPTIMIST HOLIDAY MARKET is LIVE!

SHOP: www.hoptimist.shop

We’ve teamed up with DC Brau Brewing Company to present a virtual Hoptimist Holiday Market in lieu of hosting our respective long-running, in-person holiday markets, Christkindlmarkt and DC Brau Holiday Market.

The festive, two-week virtual experience will feature curated creations from some of the National Capital Region’s best artists and artisans.

We may not be here - but we’re still in the holiday spirit of supporting local small businesses. HOPTIMIST HOLIDAY MARKE...
11/21/2020

We may not be here - but we’re still in the holiday spirit of supporting local small businesses.

HOPTIMIST HOLIDAY MARKET is in ONE WEEK. Grab an early bird ticket now to gain TWO DAYS of access before everyone else (and a little holiday gift from us to you as a thank you for supporting).

Check it out: hoptimist.shop

“We barely knew the names of any household staff before March,” Executive Director Kim Bender said. “Then Jenna and Alli...
11/12/2020

“We barely knew the names of any household staff before March,” Executive Director Kim Bender said. “Then Jenna and Allison were able to look up Amelia’s journals and make this crazy list.”

“For each identifiable person we’re trying to find as much information as possible, by going into the ancestry records, passenger lists and seeing how they came over from different countries” said Jenna, museum education manager. @washingtonpost

Join Jenna and Allison at the DC History Conference, starting today, to learn more about our process of piecing together the stories of household staff and questioning how our memory of the past has been constructed!

Friday, November 13th | 1-2pm: Domestic Histories
Saturday, November 14th | 12-1:15pm: Highlighting the Household Staff Virtual Tour

Head to @dchistcon for more information.

Little did the Heurich children know that, over 100 years after this was written, not only would women have the right to...
11/02/2020

Little did the Heurich children know that, over 100 years after this was written, not only would women have the right to vote, they would be running for seats at all levels of government.

If you haven’t voted yet, #VOTE tomorrow!. #electionday #electionday2020

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐯𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 - the leaders of both the temperance movement and suffrage movement in the early 1900s were women. I...
10/30/2020

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐯𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 - the leaders of both the temperance movement and suffrage movement in the early 1900s were women. In his unpublished biography, Christian Heurich reflected on his fears for his business if women gained the right to vote. ⁣

Ultimately, Prohibition and women’s suffrage went hand-in-hand. ⁣

The 19th Amendment said women could not be denied the right to vote, but it did NOT protect against exclusionary state practices that obstructed Black women’s right to vote. The Amendment was ratified seven months after Prohibition and went into effect on August 18, 1920. ⁣

𝙈𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙣 𝙩𝙤 #𝙑𝙊𝙏𝙀 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 @𝙧𝙤𝙘𝙠𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙫𝙤𝙩𝙚.

Learn more about the intersection of Prohibition and Women’s Suffrage with this article from @time: https://time.com/5501680/prohibition-history-feminism-suffrage-metoo/

Can you even *handle* how detailed our doorknobs are?The doorknobs in the Heurich House are not only intricately decorat...
10/26/2020

Can you even *handle* how detailed our doorknobs are?

The doorknobs in the Heurich House are not only intricately decorated… its brass is antimicrobial and can kill up to 99.9% of certain bacteria! 🦠

Soooo how modern were the Heurichs? ⬇️⁣⁣The Master Bedroom, which is decorated in a French Revival style, is the largest...
10/26/2020

Soooo how modern were the Heurichs? ⬇️⁣

The Master Bedroom, which is decorated in a French Revival style, is the largest bedroom in the house. Typically during the Victorian era, each spouse had their own bedroom but Christian and Amelia’s room had two beds.⁣

How do we welcome new immigrants into our community? The whole family is invited to explore this question this weekend f...
10/23/2020

How do we welcome new immigrants into our community? The whole family is invited to explore this question this weekend for “Kids in the Castle: Storytime”! ⁣

On Saturday, October 24th from 9-10am, join our Education Manager live from the museum’s historic Conservatory!⁣

Kids will learn more about German-American Christian Heurich and the stories of immigrants who worked in the mansion. We’ll start by reading Danbi Leads the School Parade by Anna Kim and conclude with a creative activity and circle time.⁣

Register for this FREE event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/96139914071/

10/14/2020
Once Upon an American Dream: Integration - How do “They” Become “Us”?

LIVE NOW! In partnership with Bipartisan Policy Center we are proud to present “Once Upon an American Dream,” a three-part panel series exploring the stages of the immigrant experience in America: migration, arrival, and integration.

The final event’s discussion will focus on how immigrants of the past and present integrate into our communities. The discussion will focus on the following questions: What is the “Great American Success Story” and what does it mean to achieve the “American Dream”? How did immigrants integrate in the past and how do they do so today? What are some of the challenges to integration and how can they be overcome?

10/14/2020
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Our final “Once Upon an American Dream,” panel starts at 4pm!

Our third and final panel will take place as a virtual happy hour on Wednesday, October 14 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. ET. The final event’s discussion will focus on how immigrants of the past and present integrate into our communities. The discussion will focus on the following questions: What is the “Great American Success Story” and what does it mean to achieve the “American Dream”? How did immigrants integrate in the past and how do they do so today? What are some of the challenges to integration and how can they be overcome?

Bipartisan Policy Center

LIVE NOW! In partnership with Bipartisan Policy Center we are proud to present “Once Upon an American Dream,” a three-part panel series exploring the stages of the immigrant experience in America: migration, arrival, and integration.

The final event’s discussion will focus on how immigrants of the past and present integrate into our communities. The discussion will focus on the following questions: What is the “Great American Success Story” and what does it mean to achieve the “American Dream”? How did immigrants integrate in the past and how do they do so today? What are some of the challenges to integration and how can they be overcome?

🎶“Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?”  🎶🖋️How do the sources we use, like Amelia’s diaries, shape our understand...
10/07/2020

🎶“Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?” 🎶

🖋️How do the sources we use, like Amelia’s diaries, shape our understanding of the past?

“Our old colored man died this morning from appendicitis,” Amelia wrote in her diary in 1916. From earlier entries in 1912, we learn that this man might be Paul, a Black man who did the “heavy work” around the house -- including tending to the furnace.

The SAArchivists Word of the Week is archival silence - “the unintentional or purposeful absence or distortion of documentation of enduring value, resulting in gaps and inabilities to represent the past accurately.” [https://dictionary.archivists.org/entry/archival-silence.html]

📚 How can we learn more about this man when Amelia never mentions his full name -- even when writing about his death?

In Silencing the Past, Michel-Rolph Trouillot has described silences entering the process of historical production at four key stages, including the moment of fact creation -- the making of sources.

Now, when we try to tell this man’s story, we largely can’t. By not including his full name, Amelia silenced him at the very first level of history making.

NEW Discovery: A slide showing a hidden part of the Formal Parlor wall that was signed by Max Dex, a German immigrant an...
10/02/2020

NEW Discovery: A slide showing a hidden part of the Formal Parlor wall that was signed by Max Dex, a German immigrant and painter. Interestingly, Max was married to Anna Dex, who worked as a cook for the family.

Dex left his mark on the house - preserving his own legacy - you may find a mark in your own home... “Some homeowners and some work crews choose to leave signatures and items behind as well...Construction crews also routinely sign wall framing, knowing it will be covered up.” - Caitlin Kelly, “The History in the Walls”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/realestate/the-history-hidden-in-the-walls.html

Hey SE + SW - where are your orders? In the last two weeks, we’ve only delivered to NE and NW...Let’s get Senate Beer an...
10/01/2020

Hey SE + SW - where are your orders? In the last two weeks, we’ve only delivered to NE and NW...Let’s get Senate Beer and Liberty Apple Cider to all 4 quadrants!

Order before noon TODAY for delivery tomorrow: bit.ly/hhmbeercider

DC ONLY.

Who has visited the Heurich House & noticed historical traces of the household staff?🙋Our typical narrative talked about...
09/30/2020

Who has visited the Heurich House & noticed historical traces of the household staff?🙋

Our typical narrative talked about the innovative cleaning technology found in the home!

Shown here is one of the two self-cleaning slop sinks that was used by the staff-- they would fill it up with water, use the water for cleaning, then flush the water by pulling the chord!

...but what other physical reminders of the staff remain in the house-- like the worn-down wooden steps used by staff? ⬇️

We might not be here...but we’re hoptimistic this winter we’ll be able to support our local small business community. Ve...
09/29/2020

We might not be here...but we’re hoptimistic this winter we’ll be able to support our local small business community. Vendor applications close this THURSDAY at midnight. Info + Apply: heurichhouse.org/hoptimist

Attention Makers: You have 1 week left to apply to be a part of Hoptimist Holiday Market! Get clicking: heurichhouse.org...
09/24/2020

Attention Makers: You have 1 week left to apply to be a part of Hoptimist Holiday Market! Get clicking: heurichhouse.org/hoptimist . ⁣

About the Market: ⁣
Like much of 2020, the holidays will be a little different this year. But we’re optimistic that people will find new and inventive ways to keep festive traditions alive and create a few new ones along the way. In fact, you could say we’re even HOP-timistic!⁣

In an abundance of caution for our creative partners, staff, and all of you who have supported us through the years, Heurich House and DC Brau have decided to move our respective holiday events, Christkindlmarkt and Brau Market, online this year. We are teaming up to present a HOPTIMIST HOLIDAY MARKET featuring hundreds of creations from some of the region’s best artisans.⁣

While we won’t be shopping under the lights in the Castle Garden or strolling through the brewhouse with beer in hand, Hoptimist Holiday Market goers will still have the chance to shop for a curated selection of goods from local craft makers based in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland, including jewelers, ceramicists, bakers, makers of housewares, and more. The virtual market will be “open” from noon on Black Friday, November 27th through Friday, December 11th.⁣

While we have many photos & portraits of the Heurich family, it’s been challenging to find images of the household staff...
09/24/2020

While we have many photos & portraits of the Heurich family, it’s been challenging to find images of the household staff. Here’s one of the few we know of…

Pictured here is Andrew Bell, an African American man who worked as a Butler. Bell was born in 1896 and began working for the Heurich family when he was around 26 years old.

When you think back on past events, what images pop into your mind? What photos do you save or share? Which do you delete? How do you use images to tell the story of your life?

Read: “In Self-Portraits, 27 Black Photographers Reflect Themselves and America” - Pierre-Antoine Louis https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/19/insider/black-photographers-portraits.html?searchResultPosition=2

“Self-portraits by photographers can reveal not only who they are but also the world they are seeing.” - Louis

Our Collections Manager recently found a drawing of Inge Sommerfeldt, a German immigrant who worked as a governess for t...
09/23/2020

Our Collections Manager recently found a drawing of Inge Sommerfeldt, a German immigrant who worked as a governess for the Heurich family. Anita Heurich drew this in her sketchbook in the summer of 1914. At the time, Sommerfeldt was about 21 years old.

Although we’re still piecing together the puzzle, we haven’t found any photos of Inge-- so this is the only image of her we have!

With this in mind, what do you think gets preserved & what gets lost when we reconstruct the past? 🤔

Christian Heurich - a proud American and immigrant - voted for president one time in his life while training in the midw...
09/22/2020

Christian Heurich - a proud American and immigrant - voted for president one time in his life while training in the midwest. When he settled in DC in the early 1900s, residents did not have the right to vote. DC - we challenge you to be #VoteReady and register to vote today on #NationalVoterRegistrationDay.

Info: nationalvoterregistrationday.org/

What images or visual records do we have of the household staff? How do these compare with the images that we have of th...
09/21/2020

What images or visual records do we have of the household staff? How do these compare with the images that we have of the family? 🤔⁣

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look in the Archives Room-Our Collections Manager is scanning all of our slides to digitize our collections!⁣

09/18/2020
Reconsidering Memory 💭

What factors shape memory? Let’s look at notes from a 1963 oral history interview with Paul Muir...

Do you ever feel like your memories are influenced by events happening in the present day? “...the past is not preserved...
09/17/2020

Do you ever feel like your memories are influenced by events happening in the present day?
“...the past is not preserved but it is reconstructed on the basis of the present.” - Maurice Halbwachs, On Collective Memory

TODAY: “The worldwide ‘forgetting’ and ongoing rediscovery of the 1918 flu provide a window into the science of collective memory. And they offer tantalizing clues about how future generations might regard the current coronavirus pandemic.” - Scott Hershberger

Check out: “The 1918 Flu Faded in Our Collective Memory: We Might ‘Forget’ the Coronavirus, Too” by Scott Hershberger https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-1918-flu-faded-in-our-collective-memory-we-might-forget-the-coronavirus-too/

Let’s meet Paul Muir, son of Minnie & Jim Muir, who did an Oral History interview for the Historical Society in 1963. Th...
09/15/2020

Let’s meet Paul Muir, son of Minnie & Jim Muir, who did an Oral History interview for the Historical Society in 1963. The notes mentioned that Muir spent a lot of time at the home while his mother worked & he worked for the family in various capacities.

According to the notes: “The servants were not paid much, but they were given much, always, such as clothes, which would always be in excellent condition, and many other things; when Mrs. Muir became ill, her doctor’s bills were paid for her, etc. To the very end, Mr. Heurich looked after the help in every way.”

How do you think Muir’s experience differed from other household staff’s experiences?
What may have influenced Muir’s memory of the home & Christian Heurich, who he referred to as “an emissary for many Germans in this country…?”

Have you ever sat down to chat with a friend to reminisce about the past, only to realize that you both remember the det...
09/13/2020

Have you ever sat down to chat with a friend to reminisce about the past, only to realize that you both remember the details of what happened very differently?

What factors do you think shape your individual memories & the ways you talk about the past?

The good, the bad, and the unexpected. Every brewery in the nation has been deeply affected by COVID-19 and some have pi...
09/11/2020

The good, the bad, and the unexpected. Every brewery in the nation has been deeply affected by COVID-19 and some have pivoted in different, often completely unique, ways. Link in bio to join us for the next installment in our interview series, First Runnings, with @brightestyoungthings’s Beer Editor, Phil Runco.

Tix + info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-runnings-tickets-120563876801

The Intricacies of Memory 🧐⁣⁣What factors shape individual memories? How are these linked to collective memory? How does...
09/07/2020

The Intricacies of Memory 🧐⁣

What factors shape individual memories? How are these linked to collective memory? How does memory influence the way we reconstruct past events & the way we tell history?

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Friday 11:30 - 15:30
Saturday 11:30 - 15:30

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Planning to visit soon. 🍺🍻
In late December 1988, several of us in Civil War uniforms or civilian attire toured the Christian Heurich house museum. Suffice it to say we were amazed and delighted not only with the beauty of the house but also by the very kind, gracious and informative staff members who guided us through the house!
aus "Freies Wort" 2017-10-23