Upcoming Events at the JHU Museums
  • Sep 1
    TO May 31
    Evergreen Museum & Library Docent Training Program
    September 1, 2017May 31, 2018  |  1:30 PM1:30 PM

    Ongoing with rolling admission

    Location: Evergreen Museum & Library

    Participation in the Docent Program is contingent on securing a favorable background check report. The Museum accepts applications on a rolling basis from community members who wish to become docents. For more information, please email or call 410.516.0341.

    Interested in history, architecture, or decorative arts? Become a tour guide at Evergreen Museum & Library! Volunteer docents at Evergreen lead engaging and interactive tours to a variety of individuals, school groups and community organizations from around the world. Docents also assist with the museum’s special programs and foster an appreciation for art, architecture and history in visitors of all ages.

    Community members who are accepted into the program are required to complete the museum's 4-week Docent Training Course. Volunteers who successfully complete the training will be expected to commit to working a minimum of four hours per month. Docents are needed on weekends and/or weekdays, and schedules can be created to suit your needs and availability.

    Evergreen's volunteers join the intellectual life at Johns Hopkins University, with opportunities for additional training, and are invited to social events, openings, lectures, and tours of other historic sites.

    Download the Application (PDF)

  • Apr 7
    TO Sep 22
    Edible Evergreen Kitchen Garden Course
    April 7, 2018September 22, 2018  |  9:30 AM11:30 AM

    meets april 7, may 5, june 9, august 25, and september 22

    Location: Evergreen Museum & Library Price: $125 public; $105 members (nonrefundable, but transferable with advance notice).

    Classes will be held rain or shine. Registration includes museum admission on day of class. Class size limited to 20 and advance, pre-paid registration required. The registration fee will be pro-rated after the course has begun. Tickets available online through Eventbrite or by calling 410-516-0341.

     

    This five-part kitchen garden course presented at Evergreen Museum & Library by Gertrude’s Restaurant chef John Shields, Gertrude's executive chef Doug Wetzel, and farm manager Jon Carroll highlights three seasons of sustainably growing and preparing fresh organic produce. The series includes hands-on gardening workshops in the restaurant’s garden at Evergreen, cooking demonstrations, a chef’s tour of the 32nd Street Farmer's Market in Waverly, and a concluding fall harvest luncheon at Gertrude’s. Participants will receive printed material on home kitchen garden planning and growing techniques, and recipes incorporating the featured crops.

     

    SESSION 1: GARDEN PLANNING & SEED STARTING
    Saturday, Apr. 7, 9:30–11:30 a.m., at Evergreen

    The first class in the series will cover garden planning and design, and growing organic fruits and vegetables from seed, plus a cooking demonstration. 

     

    SESSION 2: SITE PREPARATION & PLANTING
    Saturday, May 5, 9:30–11:30 a.m., at Evergreen

    The second session will include making raised beds, supporting plants, planting seedlings, and a cooking demo by chefs John Shields and Doug Wetzel.

     

    SESSION 3: MAINTAINING THE GARDEN
    Saturday, Jun. 9, 9:30–11:30 a.m. at Evergreen

    The third session will go over composting, harvesting, saving herbs, watering, weeding, pest control, and will include a cooking demo by chefs John Shields and Doug Wetzel.

     

    SESSION 4: GETTING READY FOR FALL
    Saturday, Aug. 25, 9:30–11:30 a.m. at Evergreen,
    with an optional tour of the Waverly Farmers’ Market with Chef John Shields at 7:30 a.m.

    The fourth session will cover planning for fall crops, freezing vegetables, and turning the garden over for fall, and will include a cooking demo by chefs John Shields and Doug Wetzel.

     

    SESSION 5: THE FRUITS OF OUR LABOR
    Saturday, Sept. 22, 10–11:30 a.m. at Gertrude’s, followed by lunch.

    The final session, held at Gertrude’s Restaurant, will cover the winter garden, and will include a vegetable/fruit canning demo by chef Doug Wetzel. The series concludes with a fall harvest luncheon.

     

  • Apr 11
    TO May 16
    The House Beautiful Lecture Series 2018
    April 11, 2018May 16, 2018  |  6:30 PM8:30 PM

    Three Wednesday evenings / Apr. 11, May 2, and May 16

    Location: Evergreen Museum & Library (Bakst Theatre) Price: 3-Lecture Series: $48 public; $33 members, full-time students and JHU faculty, staff and alumni (with ID) Purchase Tickets

    Limited space; advance registration is requested. Tickets available online through Eventbrite or by calling 410-516-0341.

    Evergreen’s annual spring lecture series, The House Beautiful, presents a trio of illustrated talks by notable experts and authors in the fields of architecture, artistic design and decorative arts. The lectures take place in the museum’s Bakst Theatre, followed by receptions with the speakers.

    Apr. 11: Light, Line, Iron, and Wood: Detail and Derivation in the Designs of Laurence Hall Fowler | Amy Kimball

    The 2018 series commences with a lecture on noted early 20th-century architect Laurence Hall Fowler by Amy Kimball, Materials Manager for Special Collections at The Sheridan Libraries. Steeped in the visual landscape of his native Baltimore, trained in the Beaux Arts tradition as exemplified in early 20th-century Paris and New York, Fowler was able to distill a complex decorative language into key components that made even his most illustrious homes feel comfortable and domestic. Using solid materials that could be manipulated, like cast iron and millwork, and intangible essentials like the play of light and the shape of line, to define spaces, Fowler melded classic elements of the Renaissance with the lessons of a modern ethos.  

    May 2: Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now | Hermes Mallea, AIA

    The 2018 series continues with a talk and book signing by Hermes Mallea, AIA. Mallea will present descriptions and photographs from his latest book, Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now, which showcases a vibrant, creative, and forward-looking city through an eclectic collection of domestic interiors that contradict the cliched images of dilapidated palazzos and 1950s-era cars. Mallea presents an authentic Cuban style developed in spite of scarcities, elevating recucling and repurposing, and melding the international style with uniquely Cuban art and design. Each of the interiors asserts the homeowner's personality, some presenting family continuity that survived the Cuban Revolution, others reflecting recent reforms that legalize real estate transactions and allow new entrepreneurial activities.

    May 16: Cast Iron Restoration of the U.S. Capitol Dome Robert A. Baird

    The 2018 series concludes with a talk by Robert A. Baird, a co-founder of Historical Arts & Casting, the firm that recently completed the restoration of the U.S. Capitol's dome and will soon undertake restoration of Evergreen's capitals. Baird will discuss the process of restoring the Capitol dome's 9 million pounds of cast iron after 159 years of service. 

    *Each lecture fulfills 1 Learning Unit of AIA Continuing Education Credit

     

  • Apr 16
    TO May 27
    More Than A Name: Enslaved Families at Historic Homewood
    April 16, 2018May 27, 2018
    Location: Homewood Museum Price: Free with guided museum tour admission

    Homewood is often described as a the summer residence of Charles Carroll Jr., his wife, Harriet, and their children. This is true but incomplete. Homewood was also a site of bondage, an unchosen home for dozens of enslaved individuals who labored in service of the Carrolls between 1801 and 1825. 

    Drawing on new archival research, this focus exhibition, co-curated by students in the Johns Hopkins University's Program in Museums and Society, illuminates the work and family lives of Homewood's enslaved community like never before. Through objects ranging from clothing to runaway slave ads, meet the Ross and Conner families, Sam Dorsey, Charity Castle, and others, and learn how—in spite of grave and near-constant challenges to their health and security—they forged lives for themselves.

    The opening night reception, April 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., will feature a talk by program historian and course lecturer Abby Schreiber, Ph.D., plus an opportunity to interact with student curators, who will be stationed throughout the museum to answer questions about their displays. The opening reception is free, but registration is required. To register, click here.       

  • Apr 26
    Director's Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Reimaging the Connoisseur's Gallery
    April 26, 2018  |  6:00 PM8:00 PM

    Exclusive Membership Event

    Location: Evergreen Museum & Library

    Exclusive membership events are a benefit of Contributor-level Membership and above ($250+). Upgrade your Membership to attend this special evening at Evergreen Museum & Library. Call 410-516-8645 or email for more information.

    In appreciation of our upper-level members, Evergreen proudly hosts this sneak preview of the historic mansion's restored stairway and main hall. Enjoy coktails and passed hors d'oeuvres while Evergreen's director/curator James Archer Abbott offers insights into the project, which includes the installation of a red silk damask wallcovering and a new student-curated presentation of the space's original artwork.

  • Apr 28
    Homewood Museum Spring Open House
    April 28, 2018  |  11:00 AM4:00 PM
    Location: Homewood Museum Price: Free Purchase Tickets

    Join Homewood Museum for a special day of free events, including a preview of the museum’s new tour, Families at Homewood, which explores the lives of the free and enslaved individuals at Homewood in the early 19th century.

    Activities will begin at 11 a.m. with an outdoor performance by the Gospel Choir at Johns Hopkins. Then, at 11:30 a.m., Dr. Martha Jones, The Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University, will present a talk titled Birthright Citizens: Former Slaves & Claims of Belonging in Baltimore City. The talk is free but registration is required

    At noon, guided tours of the museum will begin, with a tour departing every hour, on the hour, until 3 p.m. Families at Homewood, the new interpretative tour previewing this day, is the result of a multi-year research project into the lives of the enslaved community at Homewood during the early 19th century. It explores how the fates of the house's free and enslaved residents became inextricably linked in ways both typical and surprising.   

    Also on view will be the exhibition, More Than A Name: Enslaved Families at Historic Homewood, as well as wool-spinning demonstrations by historian Rose Gallenberger.

    All events are free, but registration is required for the talk. To register, click here

  • May 2
    The House Beautiful: Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now
    May 2, 2018  |  6:30 PM8:30 PM

    The house beautiful lecture series 2018

    Location: Evergreen Museum & Library (Bakst Theatre) Price: $20 public; $15 members, full-time students, and JHU faculty, staff and alumni (with ID). Purchase Tickets

    Ticket includes a reception with wine and light hors d'oeuvres. Limited space; advance registration is strongly recommended.

    Evergreen Museum & Library's annual spring lecture series, The House Beautiful, presents a trio of illustrated talks by notable experts and authors in the fields of architecture, artistic design, and decorative arts. This is the second talk in the series. For series subscription information click here.

    The 2018 series continues on Wednesday, May 2, with a talk and book-signing by Hermes Mallea, AIA. Mallea will present descriptions and photographs from his latest book, Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now, which showcases a vibrant, creative, and forward-looking city through an eclectic collection of domestic interiors that contradict the cliched images of dilapidated palazzos and 1950s-era cars. Mallea presents an authentic Cuban style developed in spite of scarcities, elevating recycling and repurposing, and melding the international style with uniquely Cuban art and design. Each of the interiors asserts the homeowner's personality, some presenting family continuity that survived the Cuban Revolution, others reflecting recent reforms that legalize real estate transactions and allow new entrepreneurial activities.

    *Each lecture fulfills 1 Learning Unit of AIA Continuing Education Credit

     

  • May 6
    Paintings, Pattern, and Placement: Reimagining the Connoisseur's Gallery
    May 6, 2018  |  1:00 PM3:00 PM

    Opening Reception 

    Location: Evergreen Museum & Library Price: Free with Museum Admission

    Partnering with Evergreen's curators, Johns Hopkins senior Anne Hollmuller (BA/MA, History) spent the semester researching period inventories, Garrett family correspondence, and archival photographs to channel Ambassador John Work Garrett and his wife, Alice Warder Garrett, in a rehanging of their art collection in the museum's colorful, newly restored stairway and mainhall. Relying on documented arrangements, while also integrating fresh thematic groupings for interpretive benefit, Ms. Hollmuller has renewed the voice of the husband-wife duo in innovative ways, including the return of some of Mrs. Garrett's own drawings and paintings. Paintings, Pattern, and Placement: Reimagining the Connoisseur's Gallery will remain on view with museum admission indefinitely. 

    Come celebrate the restoration with the curators. Enjoy refreshments and an up close look at the space's newly installed artwork and red silk damask wallcovering.  

  • May 12
    TO May 13
    The Illustrated Short Story
    May 12, 2018May 13, 2018

    Reading and reception: Saturday, May 12, 1 p.m. 

    Location: Homewood Museum Price: $8 public; free for Museum members and JHU faculty, staff, and students

    The seven students enrolled in The Illustrated Short Story—a collaboration of the Writing Seminars and the Center for Visual Arts at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences—will display their self-made art books, each inspired by a different aspect of Homewood Museum. Books will be on display in the museum’s Wine Cellar during normal museum hours. A student reading and reception will take place Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. The course and exhibition are made possible by an Arts Innovation Grant.

  • May 12
    A Diplomatic Affair
    May 12, 2018  |  6:00 PM11:00 PM

    black tie benefit gala

    $350 for individuals // $1,000 Contributor Sponsor (includes 2 tickets) // $2,500 Fellow Sponsor (includes 4 tickets) // donations gratefully accepted // Proceeds benefit Evergreen Museum & Library's endowment. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite or by calling 410-516-0341. 

    Join friends and members of Evergreen Museum & Library for a night of Jazz Age glamour inspired by Ambassador John Work Garrett and his wife, Alice Warder Garrett's, embrace of Internationalism. The elegant soiree will transport guests back to 1918, when the end of the Great War signaled a resumption of cultural exchange and the emergence of an aspirational new world order based on international cooperation. Arrive to the sweet strains of strolling musicians and enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the house. Then alight to the Carriage House for a seated dinner of French cuisine, dessert, trivia contests, a silent auction, and live performances by chanteuse Deborah Saunders, emcee Scott Sedar, and an enchanting Mata Hari-esque dancer. Black tie optional, diplomatic chic encouraged. 

  • May 16
    The House Beautiful: Cast Iron Restoration of the U.S. Capitol Dome
    May 16, 2018  |  6:30 PM8:30 PM

    The House Beautiful Lecture Series 2018

    Location: Evergreen Museum & Library (Bakst Theatre) Price: $20 public; $15 members, full-time students, and JHU faculty, staff and alumni (with ID). Purchase Tickets

    Ticket includes a reception with wine and light hors d'oeuvres. Limited space; advance registration is strongly recommended.

    Evergreen Museum & Library's annual spring lecture series, The House Beautiful, presents a trio of illustrated talks by notable experts and authors in the fields of architecture, artistic design, and decorative arts.

    The 2018 series concludes with a talk by Robert A. Baird, a co-founder of Historical Arts & Casting, the firm that recently completed the restoration of the U.S. Capitol's dome and will soon undertake restoration of Evergreen's capitals. Baird will discuss the process of restoring the Capitol dome's 9 million pounds of cast iron after 159 years of service. 

    *Each lecture fulfills 1 Learning Unit of AIA Continuing Education Credit

    **This event had been scheduled for March 21 but was canceled due to inclement weather. All tickets purchased for the original date will be honored on May 16.

  • Jun 1
    TO Jul 27
    Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865
    June 1, 2018July 27, 2018
    Location: Homewood Museum Price: Free with regular admission ($8 public; free for members, JHU faculty, staff, and students)

    This award-winning exhibition, on loan from The Historic New Orleans Collection, examines the domestic slave trade during the 57 years between America’s abolition of the international slave trade in 1808 and the end of the Civil War, paying special attention to Homewood's and Baltimore’s roles in the practice.

  • Jun 8
    Rough Passages on Tremendous Seas: Maryland and the Domestic Slave Trade
    June 8, 2018  |  5:00 PM7:00 PM
    Location: Homewood Museum Price: $8 public; free for members and Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, and students Purchase Tickets

    Seating is limited and advance registration is requested: online through Eventbrite or by calling 410-516-5589. Walk-in registration is based on seating availability.

    Jennie Williams, a Ph.D. candidate in history at Johns Hopkins University's Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, will present a talk on Baltimore’s role in the so-called “Second Middle Passage,” during which many enslaved individuals were transported from the Upper South to New Orleans for sale at that city’s notorious slave auctions. Williams will highlight the experience of a group of enslaved people sent to New Orleans by the Carroll family of Homewood. Pre-talk reception at 5 p.m. Talk starts at 6 p.m.

    This talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865, on view through July 27, 2018

  • Jun 13
    BUBBLES: 22nd Evening of Traditional Beverages
    June 13, 2018  |  6:00 PM8:00 PM
    Location: Homewood Museum (rain location: Mudd Hall Atrium) Price: $40 members; $50 non-members Purchase Tickets

    Must be 21 or over. Tickets are limited and may be purchased online through Eventbrite or by calling 410-516-5589.

    Join Homewood Museum for the 22nd Annual Evening of Traditional Beverages! This year’s event celebrates Champagne and sparkling wine in all their effervescent forms. Also enjoy: snacks by Woodberry Kitchen, raffle prizes, and special remarks by Al Spoler, cohost of Cellar Notes on WYPR.

     

    Full schedule of events coming soon!


    SPONSORS: Woodberry Kitchen // WYPR   

  • Sep 21
    TO Oct 1
    Annual Evergreen Director's Trip: Japan
    September 21, 2018October 1, 2018
    Price: $8,350 per person ($750 single supplemement)

    Registration limited to 10 travelers. Open to Members of the University Museums only. A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is due by May 1. Final payment is due by June 15. Please email or call 410-516-0341 for more information or to be added to our Travel Program mailing list.

    Join James Archer Abbott, the Philip Franklin Wagley Director and Curator of Evergreen Museum & Library, on an extraordinary adventure to Japan inspired by T. Harrison and John Work Garrett's ardent appreciation of Japanese art, design, and culture.

    This exclusive 10-day trip will start in Tokyo and then progress southward through the Fuji Five Lakes region, Kyoto, Nara, Miyajima, and Hiroshima. Along the way, you will visit iconic sites, including Tokyo's Senso-ji Temple and Nakamise Arcade, the Todai-ji Temple complex (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and Kyoto's Kinkakuji Temple (aka the Golden Pavilion). You'll immerse yorself in Japan's rich history and culture at the country's premier museums, and you'll marvel at Japan's natural wonders, such as Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi, Kegon Falls, and Kyoto's towering, zen-like Bamboo Grove. Sit back and relax as your local, bilingual tour guide escorts you through the day and know that pre-travel arrangements will have handled acommodations, ground transportation, admission fees, and most meals. Full, detailed itinierary and registration available. 

    Download Itinerary & Registration (PDF)

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