Sheridan Libraries launch the Peabody Ballroom Experience

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The Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries are pleased to announce the Peabody Ballroom Experience, a new collaboration with Baltimore’s ballroom community, a performance-based art culture comprising gay, lesbian, trans, and gender non-conforming people of color. The project will host public workshops with special collections materials, film screenings, panel discussions, and dance workshops; conduct oral history […]


A Century of Poppies

Sunday was Veterans Day, which is observed on November 11 because it was on November 11, 1918, at 11 am, that the World War I armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect.  (The peace treaties that officially resolved the conflict were not signed until 1919, including, most famously, the Treaty of Versailles.) […]


To Borrowers: Baltimore Libraries Large and Small

  We take for granted that library books should not be written in, altered, and tracked with barcodes (if we let them out of the library at all). But before the invention of modern security measures, or even of circulating libraries themselves, book owners went to great lengths to protect their libraries from coming to […]


A Walk on the Wild Side

By Keyi YinFreshman 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 […]


Books on Books

Since my earlier post on the subject of earlier books turning up in (or on) later ones, I’ve discovered many other examples of early modern recycling at work. I wanted to share one more example of “book covering” in the opposite direction, where the recycled leaves from earlier materials are still present. This example comes from another […]


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 […]


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 […]