The Storm museum in Husum is amongst the most renowned literature museums in the German-speaking region. In addition to the original living and working rooms, there is also a permanent exhibition on Theodor Storm’s life and work, as well as a room dedicated to his most famous novella, The Dykemaster. The garden laid out by the poet himself is particularly beautiful in summer.
The International Storm Conference is held in cooperation with the Ferdinand-Tönnies-Society. It will take place from September 9th to 11th, 2022. The venue is the Handwerkerhaus in Husum’s Süderstrasse.
Tönnies was a school friend of Storm’s second son Ernst (1851–1913). The poet recognized Tönnies’ extraordinary talent early on. Among his fellow student Theodor Mommsen, Storm thought Tönnies was the most important young man he had met. As a young man he read the poet’s manuscripts for correction. In 1887 he accompanied Storm on a trip to the island of Sylt. Later on, the sociologist Tönnies, who became famous for his work Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft (1887), gave the ceremonial address at the inauguration of the Storm monument in 1898 in Husum’s palace gardens. In 1917, on the occasion of Storm’s 100th birthday, Tönnies published his memories of the poet, the so-called Gedenkblätter.
Theodor Storm felt a lifelong connection to his hometown Husum. The cityscape exerted a peculiar charm on the poet. He turned houses that had belonged to his mother’s ancestors into the settings of novellas. As well as houses that he lived in himself.
“It is just a small ordinary town, my birthplace; it lies on a flat treeless coastal plain and its houses are old and grey. Yet I’ve always thought of it as a pleasent place.”
In St. Jürgen, 1868