The Brandenburg Society for Culture and History (non-profit LLC) was founded in 2014, when the once independent Kulturland Brandenburg (registered association) and the House of the History of Brandenburg and Prussia (LLC) (Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte GmbH (HBPG)) were merged under this umbrella organization. This umbrella brand provides both of these established cultural brands the chance not only to create synergy in their organizational and resource management but also to align their project scopes even better in terms of shared overriding objectives and strategic goals. With this in mind, the Society has adapted the following as its mission:
The Society is a cultural and educational institution of the Land Brandenburg and the City of Potsdam which presents Brandenburg’s cultural heritage and cultural and regional diversity to Brandenburg’s residents and guests. The Society develops an integrated umbrella brand, contributes to the strengthening of the residents’ regional identity, communicates the potential of the local culture, and fosters a better awareness of Brandenburg beyond its borders.
The institution commits itself to a mission of a pluralistic discourse that is aimed at social participation and in which Brandenburg’s cultural self-understanding takes shape.
In an innovative manner, the Society combines the traditional duties of a museum (e.g., a permanent exhibit on the history of the Land Brandenburg, special exhibits) with the duties associated with cultural education, the networking of cultural agents, and cultural marketing. The Society is centrally located in Potsdam in the historic Carriage House (Kutschstall), which, by means of partner projects, theme years, and the organization of state exhibitions, is associated with cultural institutions of cultural importance in Brandenburg.
In cooperation with numerous partners, the Society conceives and initiates artistic and cultural projects in Brandenburg – especially in areas where science, tourism, and education meet.
A core conceptual aspiration of the Society is to consider themes in terms of both historical and contemporary and current aspects and to encourage and promote cross-sector and interdisciplinary concepts.
The Society sees itself as both a public forum and a central platform for a subject-specific and cultural-political exchange and as a thematic network of social initiatives and institutions that shape Brandenburg’s identity.
The Society achieves this by not only bringing together the respective responsible parties in Brandenburg but also coordinating the activities of the Land Brandenburg with projects and institutions of other federal states and countries.
The central duties of the Society also comprise the overarching, non-commercially oriented marketing for collaborative projects, state exhibits and theme years as well as supporting the respective parties on site in carrying out their projects. In addition, the Society consults project partners in terms of both project content and the acquisition of third-party funding.
The Brandenburg Society for Culture and History (non-profit LLC) is supported by funding from the Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research and Culture and the state capitol, Potsdam.
“The Reformation at Home – Luther and the Consequences for Brandenburg” (working title): this is the 2017 Theme Year Kulturland Brandenburg, which focuses on the social conditions of those living that time.
The Reformation in the March — or Mark — of Brandenburg? People might ask this question in surprise. For after being used to focusing on Wittenberg in the decade of Luther, they realize that Luther was never there! And yet — the preaching of indulgences by the Dominican monk Johann Tetzel in Jüterbog (Brandenburg) near Wittenberg ignited Luther’s protest against the pre-Reformation practice of indulgences. And with the Battle of Mühlberg (1547), a major historical event of the Reformation took place on the soil of present-day Brandenburg.
Yet in the March of Brandenburg, the Reformation was not a sudden, revolutionary moment, but rather a gradual, long-term development of processes involved in the formation of a new religious confession.
It is only possible to understand the total picture if all aspects of the “Reformation at Home” — comprising various territories, regions, and sites (in Brandenburg) and the respective people and institutions active there — are taken into consideration.