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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University June 25, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 38
Historic Houses of Johns Hopkins Now to Be Known as Museums

By Heather Egan Stalfort
Johns Hopkins University Museums

The Johns Hopkins University has created a new naming structure to improve awareness of its museums. The announcement, made last week, follows extensive consultation with visitors, stakeholders, staff and university officials. The umbrella title Historic Houses of Johns Hopkins becomes the Johns Hopkins University Museums, Homewood House Museum becomes Homewood Museum, and Evergreen House becomes Evergreen Museum & Library. The new Web site will be The change goes into effect July 1.

"The new names personify Homewood and Evergreen as mission-driven organizations integral to the Johns Hopkins University community, are symbolic of their significant growth and transformation, and reflect our wish to attract new audiences by encouraging people to view the museums in a new light," said Winston Tabb, director of the museums and vice provost for the arts, as well as Sheridan Dean of University Libraries.

Since their public openings as museums in 1987 and 1990, respectively, Homewood and Evergreen have evolved into dynamic cultural centers, home to masterworks of fine and decorative arts, temporary exhibitions, lectures, concerts, films, artist residency programs, family activities and school programming, as well as museum shops.

The university's Archaeological Collection will become one of the Johns Hopkins University Museums when it reopens to the public following the renovation of Gilman Hall, where it was located. The project is scheduled for completion in fall 2010.

As teaching museums of a world-renowned university, the three Johns Hopkins University Museums — Homewood Museum, Evergreen Museum & Library and the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Collection — contribute to the advancement of scholarship and museum practice by helping to train future art historians, historic preservationists and museum professionals. They provide curricular support to faculty through their collections, exhibitions and programs, and offer credit-bearing courses and internships to help meet the university's academic mission. The museums welcome members of the public to experience their collections and special exhibitions, as well as to enjoy their lectures, symposia and other programs.


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