Matthew B. Gilmore
How do we choose the Collections Corner topic each month? Because the Collections Corner exhibit is connected to our History & Hops beer tasting and tour event, I start by learning more about the month’s featured brewery. I consider the brewery’s formation, what have they chosen to name themselves, what styles of beer they produce and, what they name their beer. Then, I make connections to Christian Heurich’s history, whether through his brewery, beer, home, or family.
During the February pilot of Collections Corner, the Heurich House Museum displayed photographs and information about the salamander-shaped finial that sits on top of the mansion’s turret. Mythologically, the salamander represents fire resistance, so it stands to reason that the District’s first fireproof residence would display this figure on its roof. It made sense to talk about this rarely seen portion of the museum because our February History & Hops beer tasting…
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