Crenson book takes an historical look at orphanages
Matthew A. Crenson's historical look at the rise and fall of the American orphanage is due out this fall from Harvard University Press. The book, Building the Invisible Orphanage: A Prehistory of the American Welfare System, is to be published Nov. 30.
A hard look at orphanages is quite relevant today in an era when some politicians have called for the creation of orphanages to replace welfare, notes Crenson, a professor of political science in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.
What many people do not realize is that welfare was created as a way to get rid of orphanages. "I call it deja vu in reverse," says Crenson. "First, they create welfare to get kids out of orphanages. Now we're creating orphanages to get kids off of welfare."
N.Y. parks commissioner Stern to speak at Evergreen
Henry Stern, New York City commissioner of parks and recreation, will talk about his new and sometimes controversial conception of the public park as a place for modern marketing, experimental management and, above all, strong public-private partnerships, in a lecture 6 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 15, in the Carriage House at Evergreen House.
Stern, parks commissioner under mayors Edward Koch and Rudolph Giuliani, has revitalized New York's parks system by making the grounds visibly cleaner, increasing land by 2,500 acres and planting 50,000 trees, all in a time of decreasing budgets, through unique initiatives with nonprofit entities and private corporations.
Historically, recreation and urban planning issues were important to the Garrett family of Evergreen House, and this lecture, the first in a series, commemorates that interest. Admission to "Remaking Public Parks" is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. To make reservations or to obtain more information, call 410-516-0341.
A Gershwin centenary exhibition at Peabody
A George Gershwin centenary exhibition, "Kickin' the Clouds Away," will open to the public on Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Galleria Piccola of the Arthur Friedham Music Library of the Peabody Institute.
On display will be original photographs from the Gershwin Collection at the Library of Congress; about 50 pieces of sheet music from the Lester Levy Special Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library; objects from the Andrew S. Pope Collection, the Museum of the City of New York and the Friedham Library; and material loaned by Gershwin's first Bess, Baltimore native Anne Brown, who was the speaker at Peabody's 1998 commencement ceremony.
The exhibition, which will continue through Dec. 15, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
High Holiday services scheduled for Homewood
Hillel of Greater Baltimore will once again sponsor High Holiday services on the Homewood campus.
Led by Rabbi Stacy Bergman, Egalitarian services will be held on Erev Rosh Hashana, Sunday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Glass Pavilion; a Reform service will be held in the Arellano Theater. Rosh Hashanah services will begin in the Glass Pavilion at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, and Tues., Sept. 22. Kol Nidre for Erev Yom Kippur will begin at 6:45 p.m. on Tues., Sept. 29, with a Reform service in the Arellano Theater. Yom Kippur services will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wed., Sept. 30, with Yizkor at 1 p.m., Mincha at 4 p.m. and Neilah at 6:15 p.m.
Tickets are not required.
Women's Board's Best- Dressed Sale set for October
The 34th annual Johns Hopkins Best Dressed Sale, run by the Women's Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, is set for Oct. 1 to 4 at Evergreen Carriage House, 4545 N. Charles St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday.
According to Jan Guyton, who is co-chairing the sale with Sarah Fisher, shoppers will discover a wonderful selection of quality clothes at greatly reduced prices.
"In addition to great designer labels in women's clothing like Ungaro and Escada, we have high-quality men's suits, blazers, shirts and slacks, all in excellent condition," Guyton said. "Children's clothing also can be purchased at a fraction of their original prices."
Last year's sale raised more than $170,000 to support patient care at the hospital.
Homewood House hosts country-house symposium
The Homewood House Museum will host a one-day symposium examining the development of the American country house style as an expression of wealth, style and taste.
The program begins at 11 a.m. Oct. 31 with an optional walking tour of Homewood House's grounds, looking for clues to its use as a working farm and country retreat.
At 1 p.m., Damie Stillman, professor of art history at the University of Delaware, will present "Rest and Recreation, Neo-Classical Style: The Suburban Villa." After a break, Milo M. Naeve, curator emeritus of American Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago, will present "Leaves, Paint and Ink: The Landscape Garden in British and American Arts."
The cost is $25 for members of Homewood House and $30 for non-members.