The only museum in the Kinzig Valley dedicated to a writer is the "Freihof" in Haslach. It presents the life and work of the great chronicler of the Black Forest, the Haslach baker's son Heinrich Hansjakob.
Hansjakob (1837-1916) was a pastor in Hagnau (Lake Constance), where he founded the first Baden Winegrowers' Association. As a deputy, he was an active politician in the Baden state parliament in Karlsruhe for 10 years, but he became best known as a writer. More than 70 books and writings were published by him.
Hansjakob was one of the most widely read southern German authors of his time and is still considered an important source for historians and folklorists. The museum is housed in Hansjakob's retirement home, the "Freihof", which he himself designed, and offers an excellent insight into his literary work as an observer of the farmers, craftsmen, burghers and tradesmen of the Black Forest in Baden in the 19th century, as well as into his work as a historian, publicist, politician and writer.
The "Freihof" houses important permanent art exhibitions: For example, the oeuvre of the Haslach draftsman and painter Carl Sandhaas (1801-1859) is presented, whose most extensive show of works is housed on the 1st floor of the building. He is considered one of the most important representatives of Southern German Romanticism.
An extensive Otto Laible exhibition is on display in the attic. Otto Laible (1898-1962), who was born in Haslach, is an outstanding representative of the Baden Secession; his "French pictures" from the 1920s point to a European art dimension, as does his work after 1945, the period in which Laible also participated as a professor in the reconstruction of the Karlsruhe Art Academy.
Various guided tours are offered for groups: Standard guided tour or costume tours with the Maria Hamminger, Philippine Hansjakob or Wilhelm Engelberg, three figures from Hansjakob's life. Information and booking via the Tourist Information, Tel. 07832 706-172.
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