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In 2020, the Heurich House Museum initiated an oral history project to collect stories with the descendants of Washington brewer, Christian Heurich and the descendants of those who worked at his brewery. The project was aimed, in part, at recovering details and stories about what it was like to work at the brewery, much of this information having been lost in a fire in the brewery’s archives in 1937. The project also contributed to the museum’s larger effort to connect its own archives and stories to DC’s history as a whole, with an increased focus on labor history and uncovering historical silences. The project was unusual in that it not only asked oral history narrators to look back into their own pasts, but also to remember stories passed down to them by their families and loved ones. Join us as the project team reveals these rare glimpses of what life was like for those working at Washington’s largest brewery through the voices of the project’s narrators.

Panelists: Anne Dobberteen, Project Researcher and Allison LaCroix, Collections Manager, Heurich House Museum

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Allison LaCroix is the Collections Manager at the Heurich House Museum, responsible for the stewardship of the museum’s object, archive, and photograph collections. Ms. LaCroix has been with the Heurich House Museum since 2017, and has contributed towards improving the care, maintenance, and access to the museum’s collections, as well as professionalizing the Collections Management processes and procedures at the museum. Prior to her work at the Museum, Ms. LaCroix obtained a Master of Arts in History and Museum Studies in 2015, and has over 6 years of collections work experience in a variety of institutions with diverse collections.

Anne Dobberteen is a public historian who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in history at George Mason University. Her research focuses on the visual culture of nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. cities. Before beginning her doctoral studies, Anne served as assistant curator of the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection at the George Washington University Museum. She has also done other public history work at various organizations in Washington, D.C., most recently as an oral historian with the Heurich House Museum. She also works as the sound editor for Public History in a Virtual Age.

Registration for this program ends at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021.

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