Happy Spring Festival!

The celebration of spring has started despite the fact that groundhog Phil predicted another six weeks of winter. February 4 (lichun, spring begins), the first of the 24 solar terms in the traditional East Asian lunisolar calendars, marked the beginning of the spring.  This week, many Asians all over the world are celebrating the Chinese New […]


Happy Birthday Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery on a plantation in Talbot County, Maryland, around 1818; the exact date of his birth was unknown to him, but he chose to celebrate it on February 14. In honor of his 200th birthday, we’re highlighting some of his many writings and speeches in the Special Collections Reading Room, […]


The Selfie Strikes Back

February 6, American Selfie exhibit opens February 7, Deborah Willis, “Locating the Self-Portrait in Postcard and Photobooth Imagery,” Mason Hall Auditorium, 5:30 pm Most of us take selfies for a variety of reasons: to commemorate an event, to share our everyday activities with friends, to record our presence in special places. Yes, selfies are also […]


Alexander Hamilton Exhibition Open at Homewood Museum

Alexander Hamilton has been dead for more than 200 years, but more people than ever know his name thanks to his near omnipresence in popular culture over the last decade. Now Homewood Museum is allowing guests an opportunity to explore the many facets of this fascinating Founding Father in its new exhibition, Alexander Hamilton: The Man […]


Reflections On Pine: The Movement Continues

2017 marked the 50th anniversary of civil unrest in Cambridge, Maryland and the Pine Street Rebellion, following decades of economic and educational segregation in the small Eastern Shore town. In honor of Black History Month, Homewood Museum presents a talk by Dion Banks and Kisha Petticolas, co-founders of the Eastern Shore Network for Change (ESNC), […]


Baltimore Bird and Tulip Tree

The Baltimore Oriole is more than just our hometown baseball mascot.  English naturalist Mark Catesby published The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands in 1771; one of the handsome, hand-colored engravings features our own “Baltimore Bird.” This edition of Catesby’s ornithological and botanical masterpieces is the first to include an index based on the […]


Plagiarism: What You Can Do To Avoid It

            What do Joe Biden, Pharrell, Melania Trump, and T.S. Eliot have in common? They all have been publicly tainted by charges of plagiarism — that’s right: using the words, ideas or images of others without giving originators proper credit. For these folks, the consequences of plagiarizing have not killed careers or tarnished […]


Early American Christmas at Homewood by Julie Rose

From boxwood to magnolia leaf garlands, Homewood Museum is decked out for the season! The house is fully decorated and open for everyone to enjoy this holiday season. Volunteers and staff decorated the museum for the holidays with garlands,  boxwood, and dried floral and feather arrangements. Homewood exudes a festive spirit that is best witnessed at the […]


America Recycles Day – November 15th

Did you know that November 15th is America Recycles Day – a national initiative to keep America beautiful? Our library is proud to do its part and you can too by recycling paper, plastic, cardboard, glass, foil and metal. Just drop your clean recyclables into one of the bins throughout the library; these are located […]