Foundation makes history - The Frankfurter Bürgerstiftung
The Frankfurter Bürgerstiftung with its domicile in the Holzhausenschlösschen was founded by citizens of Frankfurt as an example and impulse of Frankfurt’s rich cultural life in view of the 1200 years old history of the city and for the illustration of the history of the citizens, their various initiatives, institutions and foundations. The Frankfurter Bürgerstiftung, founded in 1989, sees its tasks in revive the traditions of foundations in our old city, and therefore likes to instigate others to donate by setting an example. The Frankfurter Bürgerstiftung works without subsidies from city or government. The focus is on research about different families, characters, institutions and their foundations as well as the approximately 200 cultural events per year, in the areas of music, lectures, recitals, events for children and expositions. Every first Saturday in September, in honour of the founder Adolph Freiherr von Holzhausen, a big festival for children is financed and organised by the Frankfurter Bürgerstiftung.
In his last will and testament dated 19th April 1923, Baron von Holzhausen wrote: «This festival is to take place every year in remembrance of my birthday on the 7th September or the beginning of September, organised by the city of Frankfurt,my legatee, for the children of the neighbourhood, and in particular, myself and the Freiherren of Holzhausen shall be mentioned with dignity in a speech.» The Frankfurter Bürgerstiftung picked up the thought about sixty years after the decease of the founder and also interceded on behalf of the founder for other projects:
The Bürgerstiftung renovated the old entrance gate to the Holzhausenschlösschen, shaped the immediate environment of the little castle in the old style and, not to forget, in the year 1994, carried out comprehensive renovation of the Holzhausenschlösschen. According to the Frankfurter Bürgerstiftung, «to found something» does not only mean the donation of money and goods, but also the input of ideas, farsighted spirit of enterprise, time, social commitment, in short, all private initiatives which characterise the cultural life of Frankfurt am Main. As a result, a manifold, interesting foundation programme with numerous cultural and scientific activities can be found.
(For more information, please visit www.holzhausenschloesschen.de and see the monthly programme.) The Holzhausenschlösschen has developed to be a meeting point of many foundations based at Frankfurt and to an interesting forum for the citizens of our city.