Black History Month at Homewood: Meet William Ross – Father, Fugitive, and Freedom Fighter

Homewood Museum tells the story of three families who lived and worked in this federal-period house between 1801 and 1832. Two of these families, the Rosses and Conners, were enslaved by the white Carroll family who owned the estate.When visitors tour Homewood Museum they are confronted by the juxtaposition of beautiful eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century […]


Objects as Archive: Looking at Homewood’s Architect’s Desk

Desk

What can you learn from the objects in your home? At Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Museum, the staff works every day to understand the objects in the museum’s collection and learn the stories they can tell us. Front and back view of architect’s desk, England or Ireland; 1750-1760, mahogany, Homewood Museum, HH2012.6.1. One object at […]


Connecting Now to Then in JHU’s Web Archives

JHU BLM Demonstration Cropped

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

Evergreen Junior Cropped

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 […]


Evergreen Obscurus: The 10.5 Pound Turnip Edition

Evergreen House Resized

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 […]