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Posted: 12/16/2013

Heurich House Museum

Washington, D.C. hidden gem, the Heurich House Museum is one of the most intact Victorian houses in the country, and a Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1892-4 of poured concrete and reinforced steel by German immigrant, local brewer, and philanthropist Christian Heurich (Hi-Rick), it is also the city’s first fireproof home. Heurich was Washington’s second largest landowner and the largest private employer in the nation’s capital. As the world’s oldest brewer, he ran the Christian Heurich Brewing Company until his death at 102. A visit to the “Brewmaster’s Castle” is a visit back in time to the late-19th century, when the Heurich family was in residence in Washington’s premiere residential neighborhood, Dupont Circle.

Curatorial Intern
Internship Opportunity
Washington, DC
Open Until
Finished by German-American brewer Christian Heurich in 1894, the Heurich House Museum is a Victorian/Edwardian-period mansion located near Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.  The home, locally christened The Brewmasters Castle, features a comprehensive collection of period furnishings, original interiors, and innovative period technology.
Position Summary:
The museum seeks a motivated intern to assist the Curator with collections management and exhibition development.  As part of the Curatorial Department, the Curatorial Intern will have the opportunity to work closely with the Curator to establish a cohesive and easily-accessible management system for the museums collection of original furnishings, accessories, textiles, and other objects.  Additionally, the intern will assist with the update of a permanent exhibition, Branding Liquid Gold: Marketing at the Christian Heurich Brewing Co. from 1873-1956.  They will also assist in the development of historically-accurate educational programming for 2014.  As a result of the internship, the intern will have gained skills focused on collections management for the non-profit realm, and will have greatly contributed to the development of a collections management program at the museum.
Essential Functions:
  • Develop a comprehensive collections management system with a knowledge of archival materials and techniques.
  • Perform research on existing collections, as well as potential acquisitions and exhibition-based materials.
  • Catalog museum objects, including period furnishings, textiles, building materials, etc.
  • Administrative office work as needed for the Curatorial department.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Ideal candidates will be currently seeking a Bachelors or Masters degree in Museum Studies, History, Art History, and/or the History of Decorative Arts.  This internship is unpaid, and will be for academic credit only.
  • Experience with PastPerfect preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Interest in D.C., German, or American history preferred, though not required.

How to apply
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resumé, and a 300 word writing sample to yana@heurichhouse.org.

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