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Theodor Storm Society


Theodor Storm Museum


The Storm-House in Husum.
Reproduced by the kind permission of the Theodor Storm Society, Husum.

The house at 31 Wasserreihe, Husum, serves both as a Storm museum and as a centre for the Theodor Storm Society (Theodor-Storm-Gesellschaft). It is a bold and typical old Husum town house in a quiet cobbled lane within a few minutes walk of the busy harbour. The first recorded occupier was a Nommen Edlefsen and his son in 1598. The house itself, however, is of the Rococo period and it is thought likely that a brandy distiller, Hans Cosmus, was the builder in around 1730: the spacious, cool cellar and the delightful large airy rooms supported by heavy oak beams would indicate so. The house had further owners in 1811, 1856 and 1860 until occupied by Storm himself with his second wife Dorothea Jensen in 1866. He vacated it in 1880 when he moved to Hademarschen in retirement. A feature of the house is its garden which runs along its length, front to back. Storm himself was a keen gardener, and the garden features, along with other aspects of the house, in many of his Novellen. The house was opened 16 September 1972 as a museum by the oldest grandchild of the writer.


Upper floor interior of Storm Museum,
showing Storm's piano and portraits of himself
and his first wife Constanze by Nicolai Sunde (1857).
Reproduced by kind permission Verlag Hans Ahrenstorf, Husum.

The Storm-House is not a 'memorial' to Storm, but a serious attempt to reflect the house as it actually was in Storm's time. To this end visitors are free to wander through it beautifully decorated and accurately furnished rooms, to sense and capture the atmosphere of the house at the time. To furnish the rooms precisely as they were was an immensely difficult task. No descriptions or plans, barring a rough sketch of the house in Storm's hand (1866), exist, and all details had to be extracted from Storm's, friends' and the family's correspondence. Many items of furniture and pictures were donated to the museum by surviving members of the family. Some items are from his house in Hademarschen, particularly the writing desk from his study upon which he completed his classic, Der Schimmelreiter. Walking around the elegantly furnished and colourful rooms today is a truly rewarding experience for any visitor. It is a journey to the past; to a period in the life of a man who has made Husum one of the literary centres of the world. Some 30,000 visitors come to the Storm-House each year. Schools especially are welcome.

Sources: Das Storm-Haus in Husum. Eine Führung durch das Musem von Karl Ernst Laage (Heide,1988); Karl Ernst Laage. Storm-Haus Geschichte(n) (Heide, 1997)


Contact:
Storm Museum
Im Storm-Haus
Wasserreihe 31
25813 Husum/Nordsee
Nordfriesland
Germany
Internet: www.storm-gesellschaft.de


Theodor Storm Society (Theodor-Storm-Gesellschaft)


Journal of the Theodor Storm Society. Reproduced by kind permission of Verlag Boyens & Co., Heide.

The Society was founded in Husum in 1948. It seeks to keep alive the memory of the poet and writer Storm; to spread a knowledge of his life and world of thought; to further study of his literary work; and to preserve and cherish the places that recall the poet today. Many countries, including China, are represented among its membership which steadily increases each year. An Annual Conference (Storm-Tagung) and General Meeting of members is held each year in September at which papers are presented and problems discussed that relate to Storm scholarship. Excursions are frequently made to the settings of his Novellen and to other locations of particular literary interest; films of his works are also frequently shown. The Society publishes its own journal, Schriften der Theodor-Storm-Gesellschaft (see photograph above), covering the proceedings and papers of the annual conference, together with an annual communication to all its members, Mitteilungen aus dem Storm-Haus, reviewing the Society's activities over the year. It encourages the translation of Storm's works, the publication of new editions of his Novellen, his correspondence and general works about his life and times. The Society's archives hold a vast amount of valuable material for researchers, students and translators alike, and every encouragement is given to those wishing to use these facilities to further their knowledge of Storm's life and work. The Society is one of the largest literary societies in the world

Contact:
The Secretary
Theodor-Storm-Gesellschaft
Im Storm-Haus
Wasserreihe 31
25813 Husum/Nordsee
Nordfriesland
Germany
Internet: www.storm-gesellschaft.de

 

   

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