Reflections: LGBTQ History at Hopkins

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In May, Hopkins Retrospective had the opportunity to transition its traditional Alumni Weekend programming to a virtual platform. Although disappointed we couldn’t host the in-person panel discussion and bustling reception because of the pandemic, we remembered hosting something online would allow for a wider audience and create a more long-lasting record of what we like […]


Evergreen Obscurus #4: Another Tale of Unusual Produce

For the past many weeks, I have been exploring the history of Evergreen’s gardens in preparation for the July 7th launch of Evergreen Exteriors, a three part virtual lecture series on the grounds and architecture of the museum’s 1858 home. Remarkably, this research took me on an extended journey that concludes with yet another story […]


Share Your Stories of the COVID-19 Outbreak

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  We hope everyone in the Johns Hopkins community, along with your family and friends, are fairing as well as can be hoped for during this time of extraordinary educational, professional, and personal uncertainty. The Sheridan Libraries’ Ferdinand Hamburger University Archives has launched a project to encourage Johns Hopkins University students, staff, and faculty to […]


Connecting Now to Then in JHU’s Web Archives

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The protests and unrest sparked by the tragic death of George Floyd have caused me, like many Baltimore citizens and members of the Hopkins community, to reflect on the Uprising in April 2015 inspired by the death of Freddie Gray. It’s a moment that is seared into the memory of every Baltimorean who lived in […]


Evergreen Obscurus #2: The Hidden History of Charlotte Bellairs

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For today’s  post,  I would like to shed some light on Charlotte Doremus Pierson Garrett Bellairs (1872-1939) who was briefly married to Horatio Garrett, one of the three Garrett sons who grew up at Evergreen in the 1870s and 1880s. A fair amount is known about Horatio Garrett, middle child of Alice Whitridge Garrett (1851-1920) […]


Evergreen Obscurus: The 10.5 Pound Turnip Edition

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Greetings from Evergreen Museum & Library’s virtual office in my basement. For those of you new to us, the museum is housed in a 162-year-old Italianate mansion in the northern-most part of Baltimore City, about 2 miles from JHU’s Homewood campus. Evergreen was home to two generations of Baltimore’s Garrett family and is celebrated for […]