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History of the Society

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The Beethoven-Haus Society in Bonn - some important dates

24 February 1889
Twelve citizens of Bonn found the Beethoven-Haus Society. Its goal is to acquire and restore the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven. The Beethoven-Haus is established as memorial.
Honorary members include: Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann, Giuseppe Verdi.

Spring 1890
The first chamber music festival under the direction of the honorary president Joseph Joachim is an overwhelming success. At the same time the most comprehensive Beethoven exhibition to date is held with exhibits lent from all over Europe. Beginning of acquisitions.

Since 1890
Every two years the Beethoven-Haus organizes an internationally renowned chamber music festival. The best chamber musicians perform for the benefit of the Beethoven-Haus.

1903
The Joachim Quartet performs all of Beethoven's string quartets in a cycle for the first time.

1910
Acquisition of the original manuscript of the Sixth Symphony in F major op. 68 ("Pastoral").

26 March 1927
Centenary of Beethoven's death.
Foundation of the Beethoven-Archiv.
Beginning of the systematic scholarly study of Beethoven's life and work.

1935-1937
Restoration work is carried out on the Beethoven-Haus a second time.

1956
The Society acquires the legendary Beethoven collection of Dr. Hans Conrad Bodmer, Z├╝rich, thanks to a bequest in his will.

1961
Work begins on the new critical edition of Beethoven's complete works.

1968/69
Restoration work is carried out on the Beethoven-Haus a third time. Refurbishment of the exhibition.

24 February 1989
Opening of the Chamber Music Hall and the new building at Bonngasse 24-26.

1994-1996
Restoration work is carried out on the Beethoven-Haus a fourth time. The permanent exhibition is re-designed.

1999
The Beethoven-Haus is awarded the "Europa nostra" heritage prize in 1998.

December 2004
The "Digital Beethoven-Haus" with its two new museum areas "Studio for Digital Collections" and "Stage for Music Visualisation"
as well as its Internet presentation with a Digital Archive is opened after a six-year construction period.