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Privileged Pursuits: Cultural Refinement in Early Baltimore

Location: Homewood Museum
Dates: February 4–April 17, 2011



Homewood Museum’s sixth annual student-curated show explored how young Baltimoreans were instructed in cultural activities including music, dance, literature, fine art, and civility in the early 19th century. These five elements were thought to embody a complete education and were often introduced to young students through parental instruction, printed materials, tutors, and specialized schools. The exhibition drew from Carroll family correspondence, rare books, and other period items. An accompanying display located on the main level of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, adjacent to Homewood Museum, featured objects from the Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries. This project emerged from the work of Johns Hopkins students in the Fall 2010 course Introduction to Material Culture taught by Homewood Museum Director-Curator Catherine Rogers Arthur.