The Weather

A “hot” topic of recent conversations has been the weather. Unusually high temperatures have been hard on us all. Storms that have uprooted trees and knocked out the power for thousands of people across the country. And it seems everyone has learned the Spanish weather term — derecho. While parts of the country are experiencing forest […]


Wine: a Library Collection Taste Test

Wine – red, white, rose, sparkling — so many choices — so much fun. However, there is a serious and academic side to wine and wine making as demonstrated in a new addition to our journal collection, Journal of Wine Economics. This is a peer reviewed publication that the American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE) […]


Hours of Good Listening with Streaming Media

Today music is everywhere — cars, elevators, shopping malls and more. With streaming media resources, the library can offer you a personal playlist that may be very different than what you would typically encounter. For example, search the Naxos Music Library‘s comprehensive collection of classical music before an exam to test the hypothesis that listening to Mozart can make […]


Anne Boleyn

This poem, by Elizabeth Akers Allen (1832-1911), is one of many works that have been inspired by Anne Boleyn who lost her head 477 years ago. She had won the heart of Henry the VIII, but refused to become his mistress; she demanded marriage. Thus in 1527 Henry proposed and there ensued a seven-year courtship […]


Christmas Celebrations

Every December, the Homewood Museum is decorated by the Homeland Garden Club “in the spirit of” Christmas at the turn of the 19th century. Arrangements of magnolia leaves, evergreen boughs, and holly decorate tables, window sills, and fireplace mantles. People would decorate their window panes with boxwood sprigs; and mistletoe was hung around the house. […]


Constantino Brumidi: A Capitol Fellow!

“I have no longer any desire for fame or fortune. My one ambition and my daily prayer is that I may live long enough to make beau tiful the Capitol of the one country on earth in which there is liberty.” – Excerpt, To Make Beautiful the Capitol (p. vi) The man who wrote these words, Constantino […]


If Walls Could Talk: A History of Homewood House

Homewood House is the iconic building right next door to the Eisenhower Library – its design and style influenced and in some way defined the architecture of the entire Homewood campus. It has stood for 211 years, with its solid brick walls unchanged. But who has occupied the house? It turns out a wide variety […]


Walking Back in Time

Charles Carroll, Jr. of Homewood (1775-1825), like many gentlemen of his time, was caught up in the excitement of current horticultural developments. He experimented with new varieties of plants, grafted roses, designed vegetable gardens, and planted an orchard at Homewood. In an 1801 letter to his wife, he describes an unfortunate incident in the orchard: […]


A Student Exhibition at Homewood

First, there was the field trip to Clifton. Then, there was the classwork. And finally by the end of Fall 2013, the students of Ms. Authur’s Museums and Society class had researched and prepared the material for their exhibition entitled “A Tale of Two Houses: Homewood, Clifton & Historic Preservation.” They then installed maps, photos, […]


Museums as Laboratories

Homewood House is more than a museum full of beautiful objects. It serves as a laboratory for a Museums & Society class that Catherine Rogers Arthur teaches each fall.  Throughout the class, the students work to curate an exhibition that presents their research and discoveries on a topic that changes every year. This year, Ms. […]