Institutions

The prelude to institutionally supported occupation with the authoress, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff coincides with the establishment of the Annette von Droste society in 1928. Various initiatives arose out of the circle of organised Droste enthusiasts, among others in relation to the authoress presentation in a museum. An initial furnishing of Droste rooms designed as a museum in Münster (in the Drei-Frauen-Museum next to the Johanniterkommende [St. John Commendam] opened in 1932) was followed by the reconstruction and arrangement of the Rüschhaus as one of five Droste museums and thus the rescue of the premises from further decay. Further residences of the Droste have also been established as museum locations in this way in the course of time. 

Some of the rooms in Schloß Hülshoff, the manor house where she was born, are accessible as a museum. The Bökerhof in Bökendorf near Brakel in the eastern part of Westphalia, the former residence of the Droste's maternal grandparents, has been organised as a museum of literature since 1995. In 2010, unfortunately the museum is no longer accessible for the public. The Rüschhaus, too, is operated as a Droste museum under the auspices of the Droste-Foundation. As in Westphalia, so also are there locations at Lake Constance having close biographical connections with Droste, which are accessible as museums. The memory of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff is preserved both at the old Meersburg and in the Fürstenhäusle. 

A literary society - the Annette von Droste-Hülshoff Society - devotes itself to the the Droste's memory. It is regrettable that the Schücking-Society, founded in 1997 and which also concerned itself with Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, dissolved in 2003 in the train of the closing of the Schücking-Museum at Sögel. 

The Literaturkommission für Westfalen has maintained a research focal point on the subject of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff since 1999 and in this context adopted the former Droste-Forschungsstelle in which the Historisch-kritische Droste Ausgabe was compiled, together with the extensive special Droste library and the manuscript archive.

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