7 episodes

In Victorian-era Wheeling, West Virginia, a German-American brewer and entrepreneur would create a lasting impact that is still felt in the community today. From immigration to politics, industrialization to crime, take a step back in time as we look at Wheeling through the lens of Henry Schmulbach’s life. Brought to you by Wheeling Heritage Media and hosted by William Hal Gorby.

Henry - The life and legacy of Wheeling’s most notorious brewer Wheeling Heritage Media

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In Victorian-era Wheeling, West Virginia, a German-American brewer and entrepreneur would create a lasting impact that is still felt in the community today. From immigration to politics, industrialization to crime, take a step back in time as we look at Wheeling through the lens of Henry Schmulbach’s life. Brought to you by Wheeling Heritage Media and hosted by William Hal Gorby.

    Episode 6 - Legacy and Revival

    Episode 6 - Legacy and Revival

    The conclusion to our series on the life and legacy of Henry Schmulbach.

    • 48 min
    Episode 5 - Prohibition: An End to an Era

    Episode 5 - Prohibition: An End to an Era

    Efforts to halt the thriving vice culture in Wheeling coincided with the retirement and death of its leading brewer, Henry Schmulbach.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 4 - “Schmulbachism” and Politics

    Episode 4 - “Schmulbachism” and Politics

    How did a city of thriving business also operate as a city of thriving vice? What role did Henry Schmulbach play in this arrangement? And how did the tides of change finally bring a wave of reform against vice?

    • 1 hr
    Episode 3 - Murder Out the Pike

    Episode 3 - Murder Out the Pike

    In this episode, we examine Henry Schmulbach's involvment in the death of Hamilton Forsythe.

    • 27 min
    Episode 2 - An Uncommon Brewer

    Episode 2 - An Uncommon Brewer

    The story of Henry Schmulbach continues as we take a look at his role as a brewer and how it was tied in to the saloon trade in Wheeling.

    • 42 min
    Episode 1 - German Wheeling

    Episode 1 - German Wheeling

    We begin with the story of Henry Schmulbach's early life and the culture of mid-19th century Wheeling.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

mikejmc3 ,

Great Storytelling

The host paints a vivid portrait of the life and times of one of one of Wheeling‘s most fascinating and enigmatic historical figures. On the negative side, audio quality varies widely for guest speakers and the story occasionally veers a little too far off the subject matter, but those are minor quibbles. I really enjoyed this podcast and look forward to future series from this group.

johnny_jay ,

Great and interesting series

I enjoyed it a lot, learned something new each episode. The reason I am giving it 4 and not 5 stars, some of the voice actors and interviews sound levels were low and one time muffled and were hard to hear.

Tom Breiding ,

Henry Schmulbach Podcast

What a find! This podcast series is a must for anyone who has roots in Wheeling, WV. Entertaining and educational, you're drawn into great stories by a host of narrators into the amazing history of Wheeling's German heritage and its beer.

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