Scribbling Women: Reclaiming the Bible in Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s Forest Leaves

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Posts in this series were written by undergraduate students in the spring 2020 Museums & Society class Scribbling Women: Gender, Writing, and the Archive. We used rare books, archival materials, and digital primary sources in the Sheridan Libraries’ collections to prompt and guide inquiries into the creation, reception, preservation, and legacy of texts from the […]


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 […]


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 […]


A Spicy Take On Holiday Foods

Papri Chaat

Many thanks to our guest blogger Nandini Dey (political science, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences) for contributing these delicious Indian dishes, and a bit of history behind them! ‘Tis the start of the jolly season, signaled by the trees outside of the library on Keyser Quad being lit up, Have Yourself A Merry Little […]


In A Hurry? Use Hopkins Self-Checkout!

Want to check out a book? Is there a line at the Service Desk? Has the Service Desk closed for the evening? No worries. Use Hopkins Self-Checkout! Use your cell phone! Download the free Hopkins Self-Checkout app. Enter your JHED ID and password, follow the online prompts and you’re on your way. For books that […]