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Bibliomania: 150 Years of Collecting Rare Books at the George Peabody Library

September 22, 2017 to January 31, 2018

Over the past 150 years the Peabody Library has captured, through its rare book and manuscript collections, America’s deepest desires and vaulting ambitions to bring the history of the world and ideas to the City of Baltimore. This exhibition presents many of the richest and rarest fruits of George Peabody's early intellectual and bibliophilic aspirations, from the collection the library opened with in 1866 to the massive cast-iron expansion in 1878, which transformed the library into the glorious “Cathedral of Books” that it continues as today.

The Exhibit Gallery is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday.

George Peabody Library
17 E Mt Vernon Pl
Baltimore, MD 21202

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Freedom Papers: Black Assertions from the Archives

November 6, 2017 to February 28, 2018

This exhibition weaves together five distinct freedom stories to illustrate the many ways that Black people have transcended the limitations that oppression would otherwise impose, revealing to themselves and others an autonomy of their own making. The items on display include less-known African American materials held by the Department of Special Collections and Archives at the Sheridan Libraries, including an 1886 account of the Amistad trial; a 1937 souvenir program from Josephine Baker; a photograph taken in 1930 of Black Gold Star mothers; and the personal letters and photographs of African American soldiers who served in World War II. These once-hidden items are paired with one-of-a-kind book art pieces created by Baltimore artist Martha Edgerton.

Organized by the Johns Hopkins Black Faculty and Staff Association and the Center for Africana Studies.

Milton S. Eisenhower Library, M-Level
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

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