Kimberly Bender to discuss the legacy of educator Myrtilla Miner
On Wednesday, August 30 from 5:30-7:30pm Heurich House Museum’s Executive Director, Kimberly Bender, will discuss the legacy of Myrtilla Miner, a dedicated teacher who founded the first school for formerly enslaved African-American women in Washington, DC before the Civil War. The discussion is part of an ongoing series of educational programs at the Heurich House Museum that focus on the multi-layered history of the museum’s site, called Heritage Unbound.
Born in 1815, Ms. Miner grew up in the then-wilderness of New York state and overcame hardships to become a schoolteacher. During her first assignment in Mississippi, she witnessed the horrors of slavery first-hand, an experience that inspired a life-long mission to educate enslaved African-Americans to teach themselves. Her “Normal School for Colored Girls” was once located on the current site of the Heurich House Museum and was funded in part by the proceeds of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The school eventually evolved into Miner Teachers College and finally merged with another school to become today’s University of the District of Columbia.
Tickets for Heritage Unbound are $5 and include snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. Students use code “STUDENT” for free entry with valid student ID. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://bit.ly/HU17Myrtilla.
About Heurich House Museum: The Heurich House Museum preserves the legacy of Christian Heurich and enriches the cultural life of Washington, DC. The mansion was built from 1892-94 for German immigrant, local brewer, and philanthropist Christian Heurich (1842-1945). Recognized as Washington, D.C.’s most successful brewer, he ran the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co. until his death at 102. The mansion is notable for its technological innovations, original interiors, and rich archival collection of one of the most important local families. The museum, located at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue in Dupont Circle, is open for regular public events and public tours Thursday through Saturday at 11:30 am, 1:00 and 2:30 pm. Private tours and event rentals are also available. For more information, visit heurichhouse.org or call 202-429-1894.