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GoetheStadtMuseum Ilmenau – Exhibition Catalogue

The former administration building on Market Square is one of the oldest historic buildings in Ilmenau. Built according to the construction plans of the famous Thuringian Baroque architect Gottfried Heinrich Krohne between 1753 and 1756, it has shined in a new light since its renovation in 2008. It hosts the municipal cultural office, the tourist information office and the newly re-established GoetheStadtMuseum in the rooms of the former ducal residence. This catalogue is a companion volume to the current permanent exhibition. As well as the international importance of the poem "Wanderers Nachtlied" ("Wanderer's Nightsong"); Goethe's work for the mining industry in Ilmenau, the reorganization of taxation and his scientific studies, the history, science and culture of Ilmenau are all topics dealt with herein. Each topic is accompanied by quotations from Goethe and is presented with a short introduction. Detailed texts and explanations of rare exhibits are shown in relation to various illustrations. They focus on the origin and development of Ilmenau; the political history of the 19th and 20th centuries; the local glass and porcelain production and Ilmenau's spa industry.

Editorial Staff: Kathrin Kunze; 2013; 111 pages
Sale at: Ilmenau-Information: 14,90 €

Technical Innovations from the Ilmenau region
Special Exhibition Catalogue

The focal point of this exhibition is Ilmenau as a place of science, research, education and their implementation in trade and industry. Various authentic objects from the fields of glass production, medical technology, engineering, electric engineering, computer technology, porcelain, toy making, glove making and sport equipment manufacturing provide an overview of the inventive talent in Ilmenau and its surrounding area.

Editorial Staff: Kathrin Kunze, Rainer Krauß, 2016
Sale at: Ilmenau-Information 6,50 €

Ilmenau's porcelain and Thuringian entrepreneurship 1786 – 1838

The abundantly-illustrated catalogue of the GSM Ilmenau corresponds to the special exhibition "Ilmenau´s Porcellain and Thüringian entrepreneurial Spirit from 1786 to 1838". The establishment of the first porcelain factory in Ilmenau dates back to the year 1777 but, beginning with the work of Johann Gotthelf Greiner from 1786, his successor Christian Nonne and his son-in-law Ernst Carl Rösch, the factory developed into a profitable enterprise. A huge repertoire of porcelain was exported, especially between 1792 and 1815 to large parts of Europe and Turkey. For the first time, a scientific work based on historical documents and valuable porcelain from the inherited estate of Christian Nonne was carried out. Previously-unknown medallions in the style of Wedgwood; fascinating decorative objects with examples of “Vedute Painting”, objects of “Biedermeier Porcelain” and functional tablewear bear witness to the opulent variety in forms and styles of Ilmenau’s porcelain factory.

Kathrin Kunze, Cornelia Maschotta, 2010, 80 pages
Sale at: Ilmenau-Information: 12,90 €

Ilmenau – contributions to the history of a town

"Ilmenau – contributions to the history of a town" is a complete work about the history of Ilmenau. Topics include: the history of Thuringia, the town history, fortification, seal, coat of arms, town hall, administration building, the Rococo castle, town church, geology and natural resources, Lutheran Church, catholic parish, Jewish parish, ore mining, glass industry, metrology and calibration, porcelain industry, toy industry, mills and millraces, postal history, railway, newspapers and printing works, ponds, technical college of glass, the development from an advanced technical college to a university, the "Reich Finance School", Goethe's social works, spa town, restaurants, original manuscripts, "Celebration of new school starters", Cultural Association, winter sports centre, "Gabelbach-Race", shooting society, "Wende-Protokoll" ("Reversal Protocol"), town twinning, chronology and selected biographies.

Community of authors; editorial staff: Silke Leisner; 1998; 536 pages (2nd edition)
Sale at: Ilmenau-Information: 14,90 €

The districts of Ilmenau – past and present of the locations Roda, Unterpörlitz, Heyda, Manebach

The jubilee publications, written for the anniversaries of Ilmenau's districts in 2001 lead the reader through the history of Ilmenau's five districts: Roda, Manebach, Oberpörlitz, Unterpörlitz and Heyda in a number of clear and coherent articles. It starts with an essay about the beginning of the settlement of Ilmenau and its surrounding area. It questions previous theses and points out new methods of age determination.

Community of authors; editorial staff: Silke Leisner, 2001; 262 pages
(out of print, presence copy only for reading available in the museum)

Publications in collaboration with the GoetheStadtMuseum

Annual of the districts Kaiserslautern and Ilmenau, 1992

With the release of this annual about their particular homeland the two districts Kaiserslautern and Ilmenau decided to increase their popularity among their citizens by a joint book. Several reports about current events, the homeland surrounding and articles about the past times try to raise interest for each respective town.

Community of authors e.g. Claudia Fiala, Jürgen Apel, Gerlinde Hoefert, Dr. Martin Huneck, Dr. Egon Riedel, Dr. Franz Rittig, Dr. Isolde Schaefer, Dr. Michael Schaefer, Christian Spönemann, Hans-Georg Voigt; 1992; 224 S.
(out of print, presence copy only for reading available in the museum)

St. Jakobus Ilmenau – A Guide to the Church

The church guide from the series "Kleine Kunstführer" (compact art guide) informs the reader about Ilmenau's church parish, St. Jakobus. The history of the town, the history of construction and the characteristics of the church are all described in a short and concise form. Furthermore, the rebuilding period of the church, caused by several town fires, is mentioned. Various drawings of the layout and pictures of the church itself accompany the articles.

Stephan Dahmen (Baugeschichte und Baubeschreibung), Claudia Fiala (Stadtgeschichte); 1995; 23 pages
Sale at: Ilmenau-Information: 2,50 €

Ilmenau – Historic Sites – Culture – Landscapes
Green Series Thuringia

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe visited Ilmenau and its environment 28 times. In 1776, his first official duties led him to the exclave of the duchy of Saxon-Weimar-Eisenach. In 1831 he celebrated his 82nd birthday at the Ilm. Ilmenau's authors, Claudia Fiala and Dr. Karl- Heinz Veit, create a modern image of their hometown with a great deal of expertise and a wealth of underlining Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in Ilmenau und im Ilmenauer Raum gewesen. 1776 führte ihn sein erster Dienstauftrag in die Exklave des Herzogtums Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach, und 1831 feierte er seinen 82. Geburtstag in dem Amt an der Ilm. Die Ilmenauer Autoren Claudia Fiala und Dr. Karl-Heinz Veit entwerfen mit hoher Sachkenntnis und Detailtreue ein modernes Stadtporträt von ihrer Heimatstadt.

Word: Claudia Fiala, Karl-Heinz Veit, Bilder: Rainer Paschy; 1998; 62 pages
(out of print, presence copy only for reading available in the museum)

The Ilmenau Promenades - On the traces of old Memorials and Resting Places
With an Essay about the Therapeutic Baths Business

The literary reference work with more than 180 in words and images illustrated promenades, vantage points, grottos and resting places, memorial stones and memorial tablets, sources and mountain huts in Ilmenau´s direct surrounding makes a certain part of Ilmenau´s town history accessible, that has not yet been regarded in this way and detailedness. A vivid image of Ilmenau´s spa times arises in front of the reader, from the opening of the cold water sanatorium in 1838 until the middle of the 20th century. A geographic classification system, search indicators, 450 cross references and 9 indices respectively registers facilitate to figure out discrete links in between the single Objects. A general map about the surrounding of Ilmenau and maps for the "Hertzer- und Preller-Promenade" shall invite people to go hiking on the traces of old memorials of the spa time.

Reinhard Döring, Silke Leisner (Essay about Cultural History); 1999; 229 pages
Sale at: Ilmenau-Information: 8,00 €

Ilmenau - Images of a Town

The book written by Johanna Krapp and Jürgen Apel forms in the photographs and the texts of the authors a "unity in diversity". Ilmenau does not compare to other towns, it is something special, the book says. The streets in the centre are not "uniform"; Buildings with a lot of floors alternate with those that have one or two floors, and every house has its own face with its façade. There is no sea of houses, even from the most apartments of the new built quarter one has a view towards the hills. Walking hardly a quarter of an hour, you can be in the forest, on promenades or hiking paths.

Claudia Fiala (Wege in die Stadt), Eckhard Ullrich, Wolfgang Müller, Johanna Krapp, Jürgen Apel; 1999; 132 pages
Sale at: Ilmenau-Information: 18,00 €

Manebach in the Thuringian Forest
Mining · Fossils · Glass · Masks

The Occasion for this reading was the 650 years jubilee existence of the village Manebach. It is an comprehension of the village's history from the first mention to the presence. In an exceptional way these articles move different lines of business into focus, like mining and mask fabrication as well as the discovery of fossils that made Manebach famous in science in the world. This is a merit of the "Heimatgeschichtlicher Verein Manebach e. V.".

Claudia Fiala (Zur Geschichte der Steinkohle), Anneliese Fischer, Karin Fuchs, Martin Hübscher, Helga Koleczka, Dr. Werner Matschke, Monika Meyer, Prof. Dr. Manfred Barthel; 2000; 160 pages
(out of print, presence copy only for reading available in the museum)

The Obere Berggraben - ein cultural, historic teaching and hinking trail

The "Oberer Berggraben" ist he most beautiful route between Ilmenau, Manebach and Stützerbach. Beside locations this route also connects periods of time and whole generations. Its construction as "Oberer Berggraben" around 1690 is not only explainable due to the topologic circumstances but also to remind people of the mining industry as a once the economic structure determining line business in the Ilmenau region.

With the brochure, this geologically, historically and according to natural history interesting route is made accessible to the interested hiker. Further the brochure contains four attachments (attachment 1: view: city of Ilmenau (1705); attachment 2: map of the mine (1776/1777); attachment 3: lakes, ditches, shaft and dewatering adit; attachment 4: excerpt hinking map Schmiedefeld, Frauenwald and Stützerbach).

Claudia Fiala (territorialpolitische Entwicklung), Ulf Höhne, Peter Lange, Martin Huneck; Jens-Karsten Wykowski; 1996; 122 pages
(out of print, presence copy only for reading available in the museum)

The Ilmenau Nature Path I

The brochure "Ilmenauer Naturpfad" (Ilmenau Nature Path) that was written by the geologist Hans Weber is now released in its second edition. The new direction of the 13 kilometers long path through Ilmenaus lake area is hardly different from the earlier one.Furthermore the geologic characteristics, the flora and fauna of Ilmenau´s surrounding as well as the people with their connection to Ilmenau´s mining line business are the central subject of this brochure. In addition new knowledge about the signage at especially interesting locations are integrated.


nach Prof. Dr. Hans Weber 1950; revised and extended by: Claudia Fiala, Martin Huneck, Gunter Lacroix, Meinhard Reger, Frank Schröder, Jens-Karsten Wykowski; 1998; 79 pages
Sale at: Ilmenau-Information: 1,00 €