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 […]


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) and […]


Hugh Hawkins Fellows Margo Peyton and Michael Healey: “Why is it Important to Study History?”

Today, we hear from Margo Peyton and Michael Healey about their experiences as Hugh Hawkins fellows! Funding provided by Hopkins Retrospective supported their research at the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions from June to August 2019. Margo and Michael then presented at an event for DURA and Hugh Hawkins […]


DURA and Hugh Hawkins Research Fellowships

The Sheridan Libraries Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards, or DURA, are available for students working on research projects that draw on primary source materials in the rare book, manuscript, and archival collections of the Sheridan Libraries at JHU. These collections span 5,000 years of rare and unique objects and texts, from ancient cuneiform tablets and Egyptian […]