Perseids Meteor Shower: Aug 12-13

The Perseids meteor shower is one of the most popular of the year! The name “Perseids” is derived from the Greek word Persedai who were the sons of the mythological hero Perseus. The Perseids meteors are the debris from a comet called Swift-Tuttle. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, the meteor shower can be seen July 17 – […]


Johns Hopkins Open Access Policy

Johns Hopkins joins peer institutions, such as Harvard, MIT, and The University of California, by instituting a faculty open access policy. Many funders also require their researchers to make articles publicly available; NIH and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are two examples. There are many reasons for making research articles freely available to any […]


A Walk on the Wild Side

Freshman Year has ended, along with my time in the Special Collections as part of the Freshman Fellows. I’ve undergone a lot of changes throughout this year.  I changed my major to Biophysics and gained a sense of personal independence.  As a Freshman Fellow, I learned a greater appreciation for the past and how it […]


Maryland’s Favorite Crustacean

You can’t have Maryland without the Blue Crab! They go together like peanut butter and jelly, milk and cereal, JHU and lacrosse… You get the picture. Did you know that the Blue Crab is the official crustacean of the State of Maryland? Did you know that the Maryland Blue Crab’s Latin name (Callinectes sapidus) translates […]


Meet the University Museums 2018 Summer Interns!

While some University institutes, departments, and programs may slow down during summer break, Homewood Museum and Evergreen Museum & Library remain hives of scholarly research and curatorial activity. In some ways, the museum’s are busier than ever as they continue to host exhibitions, events, and prepare for a full slate of fall programming. Helping the […]


Declaration of Independence

So how much do you know about the Declaration of Independence? I am sure you could tell me who wrote it. And you know it is associated with July 4th, 1776 and the Revolutionary War. And names like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams come to mind. But what else do you know? The […]


Summer on the Chesapeake Bay

Not convinced that Maryland is the Land of Pleasant Living? Then you need to experience summer on the Chesapeake Bay. If you can’t find time to leave the library, we have some recommendations to at least engage your imagination. A good place to start is James Michener’s Chesapeake. Michener’s  epic tale weaves a fascinating story of life along […]


Can You Dig It? Homewood Museum Wins Historic Preservation Award For Drainage Improvement Project

Last night, a team that included several Hopkins employees was recognized by the local historic preservation nonprofit Baltimore Heritage for successfully shepherding Homewood Museum through an extensive drainage improvement project last summer. The project—which was undertaken to correct a faulty underground piping system that as causing moisture to pool around the historic house’s foundation—required the […]


Life on Mars?

 Is there life on Mars?  The debate continues.  In 1976, NASA launched three experiments to investigate the possibility of life on Mars as part of the Viking Mission. An exhibit on C-Level in the Eisenhower Library, Detecting Life on the Red Planet, tells the story of the experiment that was developed by Whiting School alumnus and Trustee Emeritus […]


“There and Back Again”: An archivist-librarian travels to the Middle-earth of New Zealand

Annie Tang is an archivist in Special Collections in the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University. She loves to travel, a good bowl of Vietnamese pho (pronounced ‘fuh’), discussing intersectionality, and waxing nostalgic about California weather. “Not all those who wander are lost.” This line from J.R.R Tolkien’s first installment of The Lord […]