Heurich House Museum

Heurich House Museum It is our mission to honestly explore what is take to achieve the American Dream through the legacy of German immigrant and brewmaster, Christian Heurich and his household & brewery staff.
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Out of an abundance of caution, the museum's buildings remain closed to the general public, but our Castle Garden is open...

PUBLIC ACCESS
Tuesday thru Thursday 11am-5pm

1921 HAPPY HOUR
Thursdays + Fridays 5-8pm, Saturdays 2-6pm

BEER & CIDER PICK-UP
Tuesday thru Thursday 12-5pm

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The Heurich House Museum preserves the legacy of Christian Heurich and

Out of an abundance of caution, the museum's buildings remain closed to the general public, but our Castle Garden is open...

PUBLIC ACCESS
Tuesday thru Thursday 11am-5pm

1921 HAPPY HOUR
Thursdays + Fridays 5-8pm, Saturdays 2-6pm

BEER & CIDER PICK-UP
Tuesday thru Thursday 12-5pm

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The Heurich House Museum preserves the legacy of Christian Heurich and

Operating as usual

Christkindlmarkt, our annual local artisan market supporting dozens of #SmallBusinesses in the DMV, is in just 3 months ...
09/01/2021

Christkindlmarkt, our annual local artisan market supporting dozens of #SmallBusinesses in the DMV, is in just 3 months and applications are due in ONE MONTH. 🎄

Apply here: heurichhouse.org/ckm

Christkindlmarkt, our annual local artisan market supporting dozens of #SmallBusinesses in the DMV, is in just 3 months and applications are due in ONE MONTH. 🎄

Apply here: heurichhouse.org/ckm

Due to the weather, #1921GardenBar is closed tonight. 🥲
08/27/2021

Due to the weather, #1921GardenBar is closed tonight. 🥲

Due to the weather, #1921GardenBar is closed tonight. 🥲

Due to the weather #1921GardenBar is closed tonight. See you tomorrow 5-8pm and Saturday 2-6pm.
08/26/2021

Due to the weather #1921GardenBar is closed tonight. See you tomorrow 5-8pm and Saturday 2-6pm.

Due to the weather #1921GardenBar is closed tonight. See you tomorrow 5-8pm and Saturday 2-6pm.

The Heurich House Museum will soon require full vaccinations against COVID-19 for entry into our indoor spaces. Beginnin...
08/23/2021

The Heurich House Museum will soon require full vaccinations against COVID-19 for entry into our indoor spaces. Beginning Thursday, August 26, 2021 and until further notice, only visitors who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to enter the museum’s carriage house. Exceptions will only be made for children under 12 and those with qualifying medical conditions preventing them from being vaccinated. Please note that DC law still requires all visitors to be masked in our museum indoor spaces.

Valid forms of proof of full vaccination include a vaccination card or clear photo/photocopy of vaccination card. The name on the card must match the name on a valid photo ID. If you have a qualifying medical exemption, please email [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance.

Thanks for helping us all stay safe and healthy!

The Heurich House Museum will soon require full vaccinations against COVID-19 for entry into our indoor spaces. Beginning Thursday, August 26, 2021 and until further notice, only visitors who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to enter the museum’s carriage house. Exceptions will only be made for children under 12 and those with qualifying medical conditions preventing them from being vaccinated. Please note that DC law still requires all visitors to be masked in our museum indoor spaces.

Valid forms of proof of full vaccination include a vaccination card or clear photo/photocopy of vaccination card. The name on the card must match the name on a valid photo ID. If you have a qualifying medical exemption, please email [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance.

Thanks for helping us all stay safe and healthy!

We’re closing up early today. ☔️Hope you all have a cozy afternoon!
08/21/2021

We’re closing up early today. ☔️Hope you all have a cozy afternoon!

We’re closing up early today. ☔️Hope you all have a cozy afternoon!

Wether you’re kicking your feet up at home or hanging out with us in the castle garden at 1921 we hope you have a great ...
08/14/2021

Wether you’re kicking your feet up at home or hanging out with us in the castle garden at 1921 we hope you have a great weekend.

Just as a reminder, Senate Beer and Liberty Apple Cider pick-up is now at during 1921 garden bar hours. Thurs + Fri 5-8pm and Sat 2-6pm. Order here: bit.ly/heurichrevivals

Wether you’re kicking your feet up at home or hanging out with us in the castle garden at 1921 we hope you have a great weekend.

Just as a reminder, Senate Beer and Liberty Apple Cider pick-up is now at during 1921 garden bar hours. Thurs + Fri 5-8pm and Sat 2-6pm. Order here: bit.ly/heurichrevivals

Working smarter, not harder for that 6-pack. Please note: our beer/cider pick-up hours are now during 1921, Thursdays + ...
08/12/2021

Working smarter, not harder for that 6-pack. Please note: our beer/cider pick-up hours are now during 1921, Thursdays + Fridays 5-8pm and Saturdays 2-6pm. See you tonight!

Working smarter, not harder for that 6-pack. Please note: our beer/cider pick-up hours are now during 1921, Thursdays + Fridays 5-8pm and Saturdays 2-6pm. See you tonight!

Historically, the path to success for small-scale manufacturers was often determined by various factors including race, ...
08/05/2021

Historically, the path to success for small-scale manufacturers was often determined by various factors including race, gender, luck, and opportunity. Our small business development programs, including Christkindlmarkt, are an accessible way for today’s local entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.

Vendor applications for our 2021 market close in less than 2 months on October 1. Visit heurichhouse.org/CKM

Out of Office. We’re on vacation this week. What does that mean for you:•Castle Garden is closed•Beer/cider pick-ups mov...
08/02/2021

Out of Office. We’re on vacation this week.

What does that mean for you:
•Castle Garden is closed
•Beer/cider pick-ups moved to next week
•@1921 will return on August 12th

Out of Office. We’re on vacation this week.

What does that mean for you:
•Castle Garden is closed
•Beer/cider pick-ups moved to next week
•@1921 will return on August 12th

Often, historic treasures are found in the least romantic locations.This historic Chr. Heurich Brewing Co. bottle was fo...
07/26/2021

Often, historic treasures are found in the least romantic locations.This historic Chr. Heurich Brewing Co. bottle was found at an old Baltimore “night soil” dump in Dundalk, a suburb right outside of Baltimore city.

Night soil is the 1800s term for the contents of the privy/outhouse that were extracted from city houses to be used as fertilizer on Baltimore County farms. It was actually someone’s job to shovel out Baltimore city outhouses and put the contents on a barge which went to Dundalk, Essex, and Middle River Maryland which were rural farmland at the time. At the time, when Baltimore did not have public trash collection, the outhouse/privy doubled as the trash can - this is why we often find them full of bottles.

You can still hike along waterfront land in Dundalk, Essex, and Middle River and find the old discarded bottles which came along with the privy ‘contents,’ but were separated and chucked into the water as the ‘contents’ were delivered to farmers.

Great find and thanks for sharing @manvil34.

Often, historic treasures are found in the least romantic locations.This historic Chr. Heurich Brewing Co. bottle was found at an old Baltimore “night soil” dump in Dundalk, a suburb right outside of Baltimore city.

Night soil is the 1800s term for the contents of the privy/outhouse that were extracted from city houses to be used as fertilizer on Baltimore County farms. It was actually someone’s job to shovel out Baltimore city outhouses and put the contents on a barge which went to Dundalk, Essex, and Middle River Maryland which were rural farmland at the time. At the time, when Baltimore did not have public trash collection, the outhouse/privy doubled as the trash can - this is why we often find them full of bottles.

You can still hike along waterfront land in Dundalk, Essex, and Middle River and find the old discarded bottles which came along with the privy ‘contents,’ but were separated and chucked into the water as the ‘contents’ were delivered to farmers.

Great find and thanks for sharing @manvil34.

Spotted in the garden last night and tonight: this black-crowned night heron. He ate a rat in one gulp, so he’s allowed ...
07/17/2021

Spotted in the garden last night and tonight: this black-crowned night heron. He ate a rat in one gulp, so he’s allowed to stay as long as he wants.

Maybe next year we’ll be celebrating #DCStatehood on July 4th.
07/04/2021

Maybe next year we’ll be celebrating #DCStatehood on July 4th.

Maybe next year we’ll be celebrating #DCStatehood on July 4th.

One year ago today, we committed to uncovering the lives of the Heurich family’s household staff and the Chr. Heurich Br...
06/29/2021

One year ago today, we committed to uncovering the lives of the Heurich family’s household staff and the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co. brewery workers, with the goal of changing how we interpret history more holistically and equitably while also connecting to our modern world.

We started by sharing our research questions with you, and as we unsilenced stories, we connected them to relevant modern-day issues.

To date, we’ve compiled a list of 144 names of household staff members, have built profiles for each of them using the Archives, and also transcribed over 670 post-prohibition brewery employee credit union cards that reveal  the names of workers and in some cases their wives and children.

This ongoing research provides a lens into the lives of working class Washingtonians in the early 20th century - many of whom were immigrants and people of color.

This Fall, we plan to open an exhibit that explores the lives of the household staff members, encouraging you to critically question the path(s) to achieving the American Dream.

One year ago today, we committed to uncovering the lives of the Heurich family’s household staff and the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co. brewery workers, with the goal of changing how we interpret history more holistically and equitably while also connecting to our modern world.

We started by sharing our research questions with you, and as we unsilenced stories, we connected them to relevant modern-day issues.

To date, we’ve compiled a list of 144 names of household staff members, have built profiles for each of them using the Archives, and also transcribed over 670 post-prohibition brewery employee credit union cards that reveal  the names of workers and in some cases their wives and children.

This ongoing research provides a lens into the lives of working class Washingtonians in the early 20th century - many of whom were immigrants and people of color.

This Fall, we plan to open an exhibit that explores the lives of the household staff members, encouraging you to critically question the path(s) to achieving the American Dream.

Rose Sharkey lived most of her life in Niagara, NY, with a few brief periods in Washington, D.C. working as a maid. Sinc...
06/24/2021

Rose Sharkey lived most of her life in Niagara, NY, with a few brief periods in Washington, D.C. working as a maid. Since we know from the U.S. Census that Rose only lived in the D.C. area in 1910 as a maid for Alice and Jane Riggs, and then in 1920 as a maid for the Spaulding family, we are left with many questions about her relationship to the Heurich family. Amelia Heurich listed Rose’s NY address in her diary in 1913, so we know that they could have been in contact while Rose worked for the Riggs family. However, she was never mentioned in the diary again.

Despite uncovering so much U.S. Census data about Rose’s life, our research into her history has stalled. Now we are left to wonder what brought her to D.C., what led to her return to upstate NY, and how she may have met Amelia Heurich. Rose’s history shows us that often biographical data saved throughout the decades only tells so much about a person’s story. As our research continues, perhaps more will come to light about the life of Rose Sharkey.

#SummerSolstice and Monday mood.
06/21/2021

#SummerSolstice and Monday mood.

#SummerSolstice and Monday mood.

Happiest Father’s day to all the fathers and father figures out there! We love this photo of Christian Heurich with gran...
06/20/2021

Happiest Father’s day to all the fathers and father figures out there! We love this photo of Christian Heurich with grandchildren and daughter, Karla.

Happiest Father’s day to all the fathers and father figures out there! We love this photo of Christian Heurich with grandchildren and daughter, Karla.

Morris Edmund Rugers was born in 1892 in Washington, DC. He grew up with one sister, Mabel, born in 1889.  According to ...
06/16/2021

Morris Edmund Rugers was born in 1892 in Washington, DC. He grew up with one sister, Mabel, born in 1889.  According to the 1910 Census, Rugers was white. As a young man, he was a sailor and coal posser in the U.S. Navy stationed on the USS Panther. By 1919 he was a Lieutenant. He was drafted into World War I in his late twenties and described on his draft card as having blue eyes and light brown hair. Rugers was employed as a chauffeur for the Heurich family in 1917, though he did not hold this position long as the draft affected his employment with the family.

In 1918, Morris married Bertha Marie Jaeger, a DC native and the daughter of German immigrants. They had their first son, Paul Edmund, in 1920, and another son, Harvey, in 1924. Harvey died at age two. In 1929, Bertha filed for divorce from Morris, citing “misconduct.” However, it is unclear whether the divorce was granted because they appear together in subsequent census records. The couple continued living together until at least 1940 in Northwest DC.

Later, Morris worked as a farmer at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in DC. In the 1940s, he fought in the Second World War and worked as a mechanic for the Smithsonian. He died in March of 1968 and is buried in Baltimore National Cemetery.

Breaking *news* Senate Beer is now at the National Press Club. 😉📰Where should Senate go next? Let us know: www.senate.be...
06/11/2021

Breaking *news* Senate Beer is now at the National Press Club. 😉📰

Where should Senate go next? Let us know: www.senate.beer. 💻

📸 Right Proper Brewing Company

Luckily this is as close as the cicadas have gotten to us (so far). 🤞📸 Joy Kraybill
06/08/2021

Luckily this is as close as the cicadas have gotten to us (so far). 🤞

📸 Joy Kraybill

Luckily this is as close as the cicadas have gotten to us (so far). 🤞

📸 Joy Kraybill

Elisabeth (Bessie) Legg was born on November 29, 1891 in Warrenton, Virginia to James Legg (a farmer) and Agnes Legg. Ac...
06/07/2021

Elisabeth (Bessie) Legg was born on November 29, 1891 in Warrenton, Virginia to James Legg (a farmer) and Agnes Legg. According to the 1900 Census, she was white and lived with her parents and 8 siblings, all under 17 years old. Bessie began working as a chambermaid for the Heurich family in 1912. She married William C. Bender on August 10, 1915 in Washington, DC. Her husband William worked as a chauffeur for the Heurich family beginning around 1913, but whether the two met at work or beforehand is still unknown. In 1920, the couple lived in Heurich’s carriage house with their two children, Amelia and William.

Based on Amelia Heurich’s diaries, we believe Bessie was in close contact with the family for about 8 years. In February 1919, Amelia wrote that she had purchased a night gown and slippers for Bessie Bender as well as gifts for William and their children. The following year in January, Amelia expressed concern for Bessie’s health after both Amelia and Bessie came down with a cold: “My cold is better but I still cough- Bessie Bender is sick now- I hope it will not be a severe case of cold.” A few days later, Amelia noted that Bessie’s health had improved.

In 1923, Bessie and William had another son named John. Years after living in the Carriage House, the family moved to 602 21st St. NW in Washington, DC and then later, Bessie lived in Silver Spring, Maryland. Bessie died on January 9, 1984 and is buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Wear it on your chest. New markdowns on your favorite t-shirts. Support the museum's mission with a new tee from our gif...
06/06/2021

Wear it on your chest. New markdowns on your favorite t-shirts. Support the museum's mission with a new tee from our gift shop. Order online and pickup Tuesday-Thursday, 12-5pm or have it shipped directly to your home.

A little sneak peek into exhibit planning this week….we’ll be sharing more of our process here leading up to a new openi...
06/05/2021

A little sneak peek into exhibit planning this week….we’ll be sharing more of our process here leading up to a new opening this fall. Check out *before* photos of the space ➡️.

In the summer of 1925, a woman named Ida Scott worked as a laundress for the Heurich family. In July, Amelia Heurich wro...
06/04/2021

In the summer of 1925, a woman named Ida Scott worked as a laundress for the Heurich family. In July, Amelia Heurich wrote in her diary that she sent a postcard to “laundress Ida Scott” during a family vacation.

Other than Amelia’s three diary entries, our information about Ida Scott is limited. We have not been able to find a conclusive match for Ida Scott in the archives since there were multiple women with the same name and occupation in the Washington, DC area at the time.

We have some leads: For example, according to the 1920 US Census, a Black woman named Ida Scott worked as a laundress and lived at 313 H St. SW. She was born around 1881 in Washington, DC, was married, and had three children: Percy, Hattie, and Charley. In the 1924 Washington, DC Directory, there were six entries for the name Ida Scott, three being domestic workers.  

In 1930, there was also a woman named Ida Scott who worked as a laundress living at 427 2nd St SW. According to the Census, she was Black and born around 1885 in Indiana. Later in a 1933 City Directory, a laundress named Ida Scott lived at 113 D S. SW in Washington, DC.

We’ll be continuing our research efforts to try to find Ida Scott’s story.

A fully intact Chr. Heurich Brewing Co. bottle (c. 1897-1915) was found in Downtown Norfolk, VA on the Elizabeth River b...
06/01/2021

A fully intact Chr. Heurich Brewing Co. bottle (c. 1897-1915) was found in Downtown Norfolk, VA on the Elizabeth River by The Breeden Company while developing a multifamily project on a small peninsula.

The Chr. Heurich Brewing Company was founded in 1872, and, in the early days, the was bottled at the Arlington Bottling Co. As the brewery grew, he added additional bottling facilities in Norfolk and Baltimore, as well as a bottling plant at his new state-of-the-art brewery that was constructed in Foggy Bottom in 1895. Heurich opened the Norfolk bottling branch c. 1897-1898. We know he continued to use the Norfolk branch for several years, though we do not have a definitive date when he transitioned away from using it.

Read more from an August 1897 newspaper excerpt about the Heurich Norfolk plant:

Carl Strauss was a butler for the Heurich family, according to Amelia Heurich’s diary entries. However, she only mention...
06/01/2021

Carl Strauss was a butler for the Heurich family, according to Amelia Heurich’s diary entries. However, she only mentioned him on two days in 1922, saying first that “the new butler came” on October 22, 1922, and that he “went to work today” on the 23rd.

After these two entries, Amelia never mentioned Carl Strauss in her diaries again. Our archival
research has not revealed much else about his life, so his story remains mostly a mystery to us.

When meeting these challenges, many questions arise in our research process. How did Carl Strauss meet the Heurich family? Was their relationship strained, resulting in his termination after his first day of work? What can this tell us about household staff for the Heurichs and the rate of change in these roles?

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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