In contrast to many countries, the United States does not have a Ministry of Culture dedicated to the research, documentation, preservation, and presentation and interpretation of the nation’s cultural heritage. Instead, the US has a network of federal, state, local and private agencies and organizations that work together to serve that mission across the country. Two of the most important federal agencies that provide grants for heritage in all its forms are the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
The NEH was created in 1965 as a means of providing direct federal support (funding) for a wide variety of projects as an investment in the nation’s culture and cultural history. In the series below, NEH looks at important heritage sites in each of the 50 states, including the District of Columbia, that NEH grants have supported. The example chosen for DC is the spectacular Gilded Age Heurich House, known locally as “The Brewmaster’s Castle.” By visiting this linked post, you can also access the other examples in the series.
50 States of Preservation: Heurich House Museum in Washington, DC
By Cathleen Tefft
National Endowment for the Humanities
August 1, 2017