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Hopkins History Checklist

Want to get your hands on even more Hopkins history? We've compiled a list of ways to explore Hopkins history across our campuses and online. If you complete every item on our checklist, you’re guaranteed to amaze your Blue Jay friends with your newfound knowledge! If you have your own favorite Hopkins history sites that are not on this list, let us know about them so we can share them with the community.

  1. Visit all ten of the Sense of Place signs installed around the Homewood campus.
  2. Get some reading done in Gilman Hall's Hutzler Reading Room, aka the HUT (and take a closer look at those stained glass windows!).
  3. Follow @HopkinsRetro on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
  4. Explore The Indispensable Role of Blacks at Johns Hopkins, an online exhibit created by the Black Faculty and Staff Association, or visit the traveling physical exhibit that is currently in the lobby of Hodson Hall.
  5. Catch up on your reading: take a look at this list of books about Hopkins published from 1908 to the present, and get yourself a copy of one that looks intriguing!
  6. Watch the Academy Award-nominated 1948 documentary Journey Into Medicine, which follows the journey of a student through medical school and residency in New York and a Masters of Public Health degree at Hopkins. The film is shot on location in Baltimore, and many faculty and local Baltimore officials play themselves. Watch the Hopkins section of the film, or the 38-minute film from the beginning.
  7. Revel in a century of Blue Jay lacrosse excellence: visit the historic displays in the Cordish Center at Homewood field. (generally open 9-5, M-F)
  8. Gaze upon two John Singer Sargent portraits on display in the Welch Medical Library: Mary Elizabeth Garrett (1904) honors the benefactor whose contribution allowed the medical school to open and stipulated that women be granted equal rights of matriculation; while The Four Doctors (1906) depicts four founding faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. (Welch Medical Library is open to the JHU community and those with an ID from other academic institutions. If you don’t have these, inquire at the entrance desk and someone can escort you to see the portraits.)
  9. While you're on the East Baltimore campus, pop in to the Billings Administration Building to see the interior of the original hospital building, portraits of luminaries of medicine and nursing, and the impressive Christus Consolator sculpture installed in 1896.
  10. Find the timeline of engineering achievements on the entrance floor of Hackerman Hall, and see the remarkable contributions Hopkins engineering students and faculty have made to society.
  11. Explore artist Mark Dion’s installation Archaeology of Knowledge in the Brody Learning Commons, which explores Hopkins history through objects from all corners of the university.
  12. Visit the beautiful Peabody Library, remarkable for both its collections and its stunning building that first opened its doors in 1878.
  13. Take a tour of Homewood Museum, housed in the historic home of Charles Carroll, Jr. on the Homewood campus.
  14. Check out the remarkable "Apocalypse" mural by artist Bob Hieronimus in Levering Hall on the Homewood campus.
  15. Visit the “Highlights, Discoveries, and Milestones” exhibit at the Johns Hopkins Hospital (see the visitor guide for details).

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  • Commemoration Day Cupcake Celebration
  • Feb 22
  • Milton S. Eisenhower Library, Q level
  • Happy 142nd birthday, Johns Hopkins University! Please stop by the Q-level of Milton S. Eisenhower Library on February 22 between 12-2 PM to celebrate the inauguration of founding Hopkins president Daniel Coit Gilman on this date in 1876. We'll have cupcakes and beverages, a historic photo display, fun photo ops, and some special giveaways.
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